A Veteran Serving Veterans: Personal Statement for Graduate School Program Entry

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A Veteran Serving Veterans:
Personal Statement for Gonzaga University Graduate Admissions
Jennifer Parache
The servant-leader is servant first… Becoming a servant-leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first… The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and the most difficult to administer, is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
–Robert Greenleaf

Practicing nursing at a Veterans Affairs hospital affords me an immersion in adult and geriatric nursing care. I am a veteran, committed to continuing to serve my former brothers and sisters in arms. Obtaining a Masters of Science in Nursing in the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track will allow me to meet a dire need within the Veterans Affairs health system, while pursuing my dream of serving veterans in a primary care provider capacity. The Veterans Affairs health system serves adults, specifically geriatrics (as of 2011, less than one in twenty veterans were under the age of 30). The effects of poorly managed chronic illnesses in aging veterans are keenly visible within my practice in the intensive care unit, and on the hospital wards. I want to lend myself to helping veterans manage their health and decrease their need for hospital admissions.
The Masters of Science in Nursing – Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner track will provide me with the initial skills and knowledge necessary to build a practice of exemplary evidence based care, within the context of the limitations of those I care for and their resources. I expect…...

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