alaird 1 / - Dec 13, 2015 #1Appling to family nurse practitioner school has been a dream of mine since I stated my associates degree program almost four years ago. I was so excited to become an RN but I was always looking to the future and knew that it was just the first step in a much longer journey. I decided to start school when I was thirty-one years old, a mother of two active boys and married to a deployed military husband. Many said that I was crazy, that I could not do it all, but I knew that I could. I set high goals from the start and knew I would go all the way. I love nursing and have enjoyed my time as a floor nurse but I knew from the beginning I wanted more. I knew that I want to be able to help people on at a higher level. My dream of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner will allow me to help patients increase their overall health outcomes while managing their primary health concerns.I have leadership skills form other roles in my life. I am a member of a non-profit that supports literacy in our local community. As the president of Lima Junior Service League I am proud to say that we have donated over 3,000 books, in the last 5 years, to the underserved children in our local city schools. Many of these children would not have the opportunity to have new books if it was not for this outreach of our organization. Becoming an advanced practice nurse will give me the professional latitude to diagnose, prescribe, and manage the overall care of a patient including emphasis on prevention and education throughout the patient's lifespan. Providing this advanced care in my hometown will allow me to develop close-knit bonds with my patients and their families and be able to give back to the community that has given so much to me.I have selected Ohio University's program because of your excellent academic reputation, your dedication to current and future research and your commitment to educating healthcare providers. I feel I am ready to succeed in your program - mentally, financially, and academically - and that I have the skills necessary to excel.