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Growing up in Sierra Leone, I
learned at a tender age the importance of working hard to achieve success.
Working hard is part of our daily life in my home. Obtaining my DNP from George
Mason University will help me achieve my dream of becoming an excellent
healthcare provider in Sierra Leone. My goal is to open a clinic with my
childhood friend where we can be able to provide care to the underprivileged
adult population. To also travel to the rural area to reach people especially
the elderly population that cannot access healthcare due to lack of money or
the education for proper treatment. I know becoming an expert Gerontology Nurse
Practitioner from George Mason University School of Nursing with BSN to DNP
option will not be an easy task, it will be very challenging but with a life
long reward of my career.

I have witnessed numerous
occasion as a child where the patient died because of lack of funds. I have
seen doctors that will not provide service to patients because they don’t have
the money to pay for the service. You pay first at the counter before seeing
the doctor and that includes hospitals, clinics and private practices. People
experienced the differences in seeking medical treatment in Sierra Leone
between the rich and the poor. The health care system in Sierra Leone causes
loss of life because the poor cannot afford medical treatment. The national
health system of Sierra Leone demands payment for all treatment starting with
simple consultations. I remember as a child there was a nurse that provided
treatment to me and my family. She did home visit to provide care for my
family. It became apparent to me what I should do to help my community to help
close the gap in medical treatment between the rich and the poor.

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Nursing is a second
career for me. I remembered the day I told my family my desire to pursue
nursing as a career. I met so much resistance. My father will not hear of it as
he wanted me to follow his footstep and taking over the family business of
accounting and nursing was not a degree program in Sierra Leone. I therefore
pursued my second degree in nursing after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree
in managerial economics and business administration. My economics professor was
very disappointed that I wanted to be a nurse. His statement was that I will
always be a nurse no matter how educated I was. I explained to him I will
rather be an excellent nurse and be happy providing care to my patients than to
be a successful but unhappy economist. I not only had to deal with my family
about my nursing career I also had to deal with my friends. After obtaining my
degree in business and economics I had the full support of my family as I was
able to convince them. I went through an accelerated program to obtain my
bachelor’s degree in nursing. As the program was fast-track I had to relied on
research and evidence-based practices in my clinical rotation and classroom
work. I felt like I was burning the candle at both ends as I had to take care
of my family back home, myself a

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