209 Beach Breeze Place Arverne, NY 11692
DearElizabeth McCormick, RN, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Why I Want toPursue My Doctorate of Nurse Practice
Iam interested in pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Iwould like to achieve the required knowledge needed to advance mycareer through improved leadership, research skills and learning toimplement policy through evidence-based practice. My passion forundertaking a nursing profession started back at my young age. Onehad to travel a long distance to access healthcare services and thatwere ever crowded due to high numbers of patients. I would witnesspeople suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes,arthritis or asthma given inadequate treatment. The healthcarecenters due to limited staff would focus on emergencies and acutediseases more. An unquenchable desire to aid people inflicted withchronic diseases sprout in my heart. Nevertheless, I did not have anyspecific diseases to major on.
On2008, I returned to the community for holiday celebration. I wishedto meet Jane, who was my high school closest friends. However, uponarriving home, I was confronted with bad news that Jane had perishedfrom colon cancer. The news grieved my heart extremely and I purposedto focus on aiding cancer patients to realize their entire life. Ienrolled for a nursing degree and completed my studies successful.After my Bachelor`s degree, I was employed at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where I worked for approximately 11years. At MSKCC I encountered people under critical conditions and Itreated the with unmeasurable compassion.
Whenworking as a nurse practitioner at MSKCC, I was alarmed by theincreasing numbers of people suffering from complex cancers. Forinstance, the number of people suffering from rectal and colon cancerhad reached 48,190, lung cancer 150,080, and pancreatic cancer 53,070(Jemalet.al. 2014).Moreover, other types of cancers such as breast cancer, leukemia,ovarian cancer, esophageal cancer, and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma wereescalating, and proving difficult to treat. I resolved to advance myeducation to be able to conduct numerous research concerning thesetypes of cancers. Limited kinds research exist that advises the worldon how to eliminate cancer. Earlier in the 1950s, only limited typesof cancers existed such as breast cancer and lung and throat cancerdue to consumption of tobacco (Butts,Bandhauer, & Rich, 2013).Nevertheless, more the 220,000 cases of cancer are reported annuallyin the US due to toxic industrial waste, the type of food consumedand tobacco (WHO, 2013). After acquiring my doctorate, I will workwith a team of experts to determine specifically which components infoods products and cosmetics are carcinogenic. As a result, I will beable to advise the public and the federal government on policyformulation to eliminate cancer causal factors on food products andincrease its campaign to discourage people from tobacco consumption.In addition, I aim to dedicate my life to researching new methods ofcancer treatment to prevent the high numbers of cancer deaths whichare currently more than 140,0000 annually in U.S.
Inthe process of advancing my skills, I worked with the Anesthesia PainService where is specialized on orthopedics, neurology, andneurosurgery. I treated and advised my hospitalized patients. I wasaccustomed to the problems that are face patients and nurses. Inoticed that patients that had been hospitalized for long did notreceive a comprehensive follow-up plan. One of my goals of completingmy Doctorate education, guiding practitioner nurses to deliverquality services to the patients. The doctorate due to numerousinteractions with physicians and the community members duringresearch will enhance my leadership skills. Currently, I provideperioperative services where I ensure patients are at ease beforeoperation, are well catered for after operation and they have adefinite procedure to follow operation. I work under a team ofsurgeons and physicians.
Uponcompletion of my degree, I hope to help advance Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in the process of policy development,education, and research practice.
Thankyou in advance for your support.
ShirleyMauzoul, RN, MA, ANP-BC
ccKevin Browne, RN, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
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