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Can someone please read my grad school essay???! (PMHNP)

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boredpsychnurse specializes in psych.

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Would SOOO appreciate feedback for my grad school essay for BC's PMHNP program.... I've been out of school for years and feel like I can't write at all anymore!! The question and my response:

 

1. Nursing is both the art and science of human caring. Please elaborate on your reasons for wanting to become a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or nurse anesthetist. Please describe the specialty and/or patient population with which you wish to study and how educational preparation in this specialty will enable you to achieve your future goals and plans.


 

I don’t recall the first time I specifically spoke about wanting to become a nurse, as I feel as though I’ve always been one. Growing up on idyllic Cape Cod, I did not spend the majority of my days riding the bike path or swimming on Sandy Neck Beach. Instead, my earliest memories include assisting my ailing and bed-ridden mother, who suffered from a rare and debilitating neurological condition, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. My normal days included arranging her medications, fixing up meals, aiding her to the bathroom, and always providing emotional support. Unbeknownst to me at the time, she began engaging in substance abuse of narcotics due to the intolerable pain she had to endure. Like many opioid users at that time, she never received the proper recognition, education, support, and treatment that was necessary. Sadly, she passed at the young age of 35. 

This was not my last encounter with the devastating opioid epidemic that still continues to ravage our nation. According to the Massachusetts Government website, 1,091 people died via overdose from January to September, 2019 alone. While the number of fatalities has slightly decreased in recent years, the problem remains largely misunderstood and there is a long road ahead. This is a problem that not only affects the individual who is suffering, but also puts a strain on the entire community. I recall more than once finding used needles on the beach. Worse than that, I remember getting the news of peers’ deaths and questioning my teachers: when will it end? 

Comprehensive and accessible mental health care throughout all life stages is fundamental in preventing substance abuse of all types. On the McLean Child and Adolescent Inpatient floor, I have seen first hand how untreated depression, anxiety, and a myriad of others can quickly transition towards substance abuse. Implementing the proper nursing interventions, I have been able to provide (at the very least) some form of stability for the most at risk patients during times of personal crisis. I always knew I wanted to pursue the psychiatric field, and my experience as a psychiatric nurse has only made my passion for wellness grow. By expanding my scope of practice, I am eager to be able to provide even more comprehensive care and help not only individuals thrive, but to enhance the entire community.

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B52 has 9 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Psych, Substance Abuse.

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Good essay! I would use APA style when referencing the Massachusetts website, and I would add a reference to the sentence about fatalities decreasing.

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Guest1136382 is a PhD, RN and specializes in Psychiatric-Mental Health.

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Congratulations on your new endeavor! Your professional background sounds like a great fit for a Psych NP program. I am a retired professor in psychiatric nursing and tried to look at your essay from the perspective of an admissions member. For my own information, I took a look at the BC website and saw that there is a second question to address, one about your personal development. You address your personal background very well. I would suggest using your paragraphs #1 and #2 to answer this question. You might consider omitting the reference to the MA Government website and just staying with your own thoughts.

Paragraph #3 of your essay is a nice fit for question one. You address your experience and begin to talk about how you would use the NP education. I would suggest expanding on this topic. Do you know what venue you would want to work in? What specifically about being qualified as an NP attracts you? Do you like the idea of doing therapy, prescribing meds? If BC has outcome program measures, as most schools do, how do the outcomes match up with your own goals?

You have already accomplished a lot with your essay! I hope my comments have been of some help, but as 12-Step programs say, "Take what you like and leave the rest." 🙂 If I can do anything further for you, it would be my pleasure. I wish you the best!

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hppygr8ful has 15 years experience and specializes in Psych, Addictions, Elder Care, L&D.

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On 12/28/2019 at 12:20 AM, boredpsychnurse said:

 

Comprehensive and accessible mental health care throughout all life stages is fundamental in preventing substance abuse of all types. 

You should also include a scholarly reference for this claim. Addiction is a multi-faceted problem  that is not covered by this claim. Many acutely and chronically mentally ill patients never become addicted to opioids

Hppy.

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MHDNURSE has 21 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Pediatrics, Community, and School Health.

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As a BC grad, just want to wish you luck!! It's a great program 🙂 

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