Growing to my students. From this point, I

Growing up in Nigeria, a third world country, I
realized the call to be a nurse in my senior year of College as a Biology
Education student. I was assigned to teach Biology at a secondary school as
part of my teaching practice. During this period, I worked with some nurses from
the World Health Organization who taught basic health promotion and disease
prevention to my students. From this point, I knew that being a nurse was what
I definitely wanted to do. I completed my degree in Biology Education. Being a
teacher provided me with good communication skills, being caring, empathic,
open minded and constantly needing to improve my knowledge of recent
developments in order to teach my students. I pursued a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing degree while working as a nursing assistant in the United States. As a
Nurse, I am often faced with challenging and complex situations that force me
to use critical thinking. Paying attention to detail during assessments has
often prompted me to notice a change in patient condition, and to consequently
provide appropriate intervention to maintain stability in my patients. I was
reluctant to leave bedside nursing until a major event recently ignited a
burning desire to pursue a terminal degree in Nursing with the goal of becoming
an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

During the course of my grandmother’s illness in
our small community in Africa, I realized how significantly short physicians
were across the globe. I worked closely with the nurses who cared for my grandmother
to improve her quality of life. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away in
2016. She had an infection after chemotherapy and while on antibiotics, was
prescribed too many painkillers in addition to blood pressure medications which
lead to respiratory depression. My grandmother was one of many villagers who
did not have the guidance of a Primary Care Provider (PCP), and would see any
physicians if available anywhere in emergent situations. As one of the few
nurses from my small community in Africa who have received the best nursing
education in the United States, I want to do more to promote health and prevent
diseases, however, somethings are beyond my scope of practice. I am always
searching for and directing community members to the few primary care physicians
available for a comprehensive health assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and
medication prescription. As an Adult Primary Care provider with my clinic, I
would have much more autonomy in extending healthcare services to many patients
who do not have a PCP. The Grand Valley State University Doctorate program would
prepare me with the expertise knowledge on how to provide the best evaluation,
diagnosis and treatment for patients such as my grandmother not just in the
United States, but to remote areas in Africa.

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            Working in a dual
role position within Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, gave me the
opportunity to work with patients in the acute care setting concurrently with
patients in Subacute, Rehab, and Long-term care. I have had the unique
opportunity to care for some Congestive Heart Failure(CHF) patients in the
hospital, transferred them to Rehab, discharged them home, and sometimes
readmit them again. The majority of my patients are readmitted for CHF
exacerbation or other related conditions due to comorbidities associated with CHF.
Frequent hospital readmissions can be very stressful for both patients and
families. As a Nurse Practitioner, I would be able to implement a holistic care
for such patients; which implies assessing the patient’s life with them, and
together we could decide the best treatment option. As healthcare continues to
evolve, it is imperative for nurses such as myself to stay abreast of evidence-based
practices by undergoing an intellectually challenging program in order to the
deliver the best quality care to patients. Becoming Nurse Practitioner in the primary
care setting would equip me with the necessary tools to effectively manage
chronic illnesses in order to reduce exacerbations, and subsequently, reduce the
rate of frequent hospital readmissions.