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MSN, ANP, Cardiology, Russian Immigrant

I am a Russian woman from Latvia and a nurse who has now made her home in America. At 32, I feel strongly that I am now at my optimal point for a return to full time study in my field. My main area of interest is cardiology and I a looking for a way to give something back to my community in this area. I have chosen to specialize in this area because of my long time fascination with the heart and the way in which this organ is involved in so many crippling diseases. Also, however, my choice was motivated by what I understand to be a shortage of primary care providers that have advanced training in cardiology.

 As a cardiac nurse practitioner I will fulfill similar functions to that of a cardiac nurse but with more autonomy and I will have the privilege of greatly refining my ability to diagnose and successfully treat even the most acute and chronic cardiac diseases. It is my hope to work in a cardiology practice laboring to prevent occurrence and reoccurrences of heart conditions among our patients, advising and educating patients and their families about healthier lifestyle habits. Among cardiology issues, all of which I work very hard to stay current in, I devote extra time to studying the literature as well as popular conceptions about cholesterol reduction, cholesterol intake, and the role of daily exercise in the regimens of patients with heart disease.

I look forward to dedicating the balance of my professional life to working with patients with existing heart complaints and providing rehabilitative care to patients following heart surgery. I have been fascinated with cardiovascular disease processes since I began nursing school. Thus, having the opportunity to specialize in cardiac issues as central to further graduate study is for me the fulfillment of a longstanding professional dream.  I am especially excited about the prospect of being able to devote myself again to full time study so that I will become an authentic expert in the area of evidence-based medical practices and the ongoing debates and creative research taking place in the area of cost-effective care.

Your MSN Program will inspire and equip me to excel at patient education concerning the core lifestyle changes that are required in order to prevent or postpone the onset of heart disease. My passion for nursing was greatly reinforced about four years ago when my grandmother, also a nurse, died from cancer. Shortly after, I had my first child. I decided then that the time to act was now; no other career would allow me to live out all of the principles that I hold most dear. I am passionate about the basic right of every individual to a healthy life, and I am committed to helping them to achieve that life. 

Since I started nursing school, I always knew that I wanted to further my education to become as Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), moving beyond care giving and having the challenge and responsibility of sharing in diagnosis, treatment, and the cure of disease, developing treatment plans, and evaluating patient response to treatment. I want a lifetime of patient examinations, diagnosing and treating different infections and injuries, ordering and examining diagnostic tests, as well as writing prescriptions. My passion for cardiology is matched only by my love for the elderly. As America continues to age, I find myself gravitating more and more to geriatric issues. I feel that it is my duty to respond to the demographic realities of my community. For me, it will also be an honor to devote myself not only to cardiology, but also an advocate for more healthy lifestyles for our geriatric citizens.

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