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FNP, APRN Diversity, Filipina

A full time nurse since 2006 and deeply engaged in the day-to-day activity of the nursing staff of our ICU since 2007, I am very excited about and anxious to become a part of how Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) are coming to play increasingly significant roles in the U.S. health care system across the nation, perhaps especially in my own State of California. Serving as a Nursing Instructor and Simulation Coordinator since 2011 at XXXX University in Los Angeles, CA has provided me with enormous opportunities to learn as much as possible about nursing education and administration.

I have watched closely and could not be more pleased with how the passage of the Affordable Care Act has expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans who were previously uninsured. Since disparities in health care coverage between the rich and the poor has always been something that has bothered me personally and professionally, I hope to see our nation progress to the point someday when everyone has healthcare coverage. And I look forward to doing what I can to contribute to the process as an APRN. One way that the APRNs of my state, California, distinguish themselves is by their enormous diversity, with nurses from all parts of the world serving our State’s communities. I was born and raised in the Philippines, for example, and sometimes find myself speaking Tagalog at my hospital. I am also at an intermediate level in Spanish and increasingly I find myself in positions were this language is especially helpful. I feel strongly that it is the duty of every APRN and those who aspire to progress to that professional level such as myself, to be especially concerned with the underserved in our communities. This is why I am making rapid progress towards fluency in Spanish.

I moved permanently to the USA shortly after completing my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Philippines in Development Studies, an interest that I continue to have, a special passion and concern for the Developing World. Here in America, I earned my AS Degree in Nursing in 2006 and then my MS in 2012. I am certified as a Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a skilled nursing facility while completing my pre licensure nursing degree. I am certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) in critical care (CCRN) and also certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Medical-Surgical Nursing. I also see the role of the APRN as increasingly important insofar as our population continues to age; with APRNs at the forefront to alleviate the need for increased access to primary care physicians (Vleet & Paradise, 2014).

Eventually, I hope to continue my studies still further in a DNP program after gaining further experience working as an FNP. I hope to make important contributions to my community as an FNP with special efforts on behalf of ethnic minority members of the underserved, Asians and Hispanics in particular in addition to the homeless population in general. I look forward to many decades of giving my all professionally as an FNP and hope to someday collaborate with other health care providers and Nurse Practitioners in setting up a free clinic and providing health education for at risk and needy populations.

I hope to earn my doctorate degree and go on to be a teacher of nurses, perhaps at some point later on in my career back home in the Philippines as well as here in America. I look forward to participating in research studies of health issues in general as well as in the Philippines; particularly as concerns their relationship between healthy diet and efforts at public health education, diabetes and hypertension prevention for Filipinos. My special passion for these areas results from the fact that my sister was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 14 years old and my father died at only 59 because of hypertension and coronary artery disease

My experience as a volunteer has also prepared me to excel, serving food at the Union Rescue Mission at San Fernando Valley and with Project Angel Food prepared meals for people struggling with life threatening disease.

References

American Academy of Nursing. (2010). Implementing health care reform-issues for nursing. Retrieved from ww.aannet.org/assets/docs/implementinghealthcarereform.pdf

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