Name: Andre Grant
From: Reading, PA
Nurse Practitioners Role in Addiction in Rural Areas
Andre Grant, am writing this essay to support my application for the
Addiction Awareness Scholarship. Growing
up with my father addicted to heroin and alcohol has influenced my
perspective on addictive behavior. At one time, it created cognitive
dissonance because I believed that he could “kick the habit”.
Through nursing school training, I learned that addiction is a
disease like COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. Even though they are
different diseases, they still require treatment.
a registered nurse, I have served the rural community since 2011.
Drug addiction has a profound impact on smaller communities because
they oftentimes lack the resources. Unfortunately, there are some
communities who are lost in translation. It takes unique individuals
who are passionate for justice and have moral indignation to support
disenfranchised and stigmatized communities. The foundation of nurse
practitioners has been built on serving rural and disadvantaged
populations. Often, these areas are neglected when it comes to drug
and alcohol programs. As part of this nurse practitioner program, I
consider it my duty to stay in the same disposition. Therefore, my
proclivity is to help those that share my experience and beliefs. The
Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP)
program is designed to help me with the necessary skills and
knowledge to treat addiction in the primary care setting.
professional goal as a DNP-FNP is to become a health care leader who
will serve the Schuylkill County community. My goal is to serve with
dignity, humility, and integrity.
Unfortunately, communities suffering drug and/or alcohol addiction
are stigmatized. As a DNP-FNP it is my prime position to
holistically address social determinants root, stem, and branch to
serve the rural and disadvantaged populations primarily in drug
and/or alcohol addiction.
In my current role, I have been a proponent of the warm hand-off
process. I will continue to promote health in many ways, both direct
and indirect through
Nursing, according to the American
is both the “prevention of illness and injury” and “advocacy in
the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations.”
Few in the health care profession are as well placed to improve the
health outcomes of millions of Americans by helping them alleviate
some of the worst effects of drug and/or alcohol addiction. As a
DNP-FNP, I would have the platform to institute much needed
medication-assisted therapy (MAT) programs in the rural areas.
the appropriate community services, developing care plans, and making
referrals is a complicated, arduous, time-consuming process but that
is what I am passionate about. I find the Schuylkill County community
as one of those communities in need of my expertise, knowledge and
leadership. I believe current technology will be instrumental in
reaching those communities who lack access. For example, I will use
electronic health records and smart devices to connect with other
addiction specialists to enable a corresponding development between
health care providers and the community-based organizations,
faith-based institutions, and government benefits programs that play
a pivotal role in helping the homeless, the food insecure, addicts,
and others with a multitude of needs alleviate the worst effects that
poverty inflicts on health outcomes. Additionally, I would partner
with organizations like Seasons at Malibu to provide tele-counseling
believe addressing social factors that affect health outcomes is a
pressing issue for health professionals in the communities they
serve. To address health outcomes associated with social determinants
of health, I understand the role these factors play in individual and
community health and strive to implement public policies that reach
the largest number of people while targeting the day-to-day needs of
individuals in their communities. Tackling these issues will reduce
health disparities and promote health equity across the population.
Awareness of social determinants of health may not always translate
into better health outcomes, but it is an important component of my
role as an advocate for patients suffering from addiction. The road
to recovery is a collaborative effort requiring engaged clients,
families, communities, and health care professionals like myself.
am confident that I will be a very responsible recipient of the
Addiction Awareness scholarship. I am capable, organized,
compassionate, and intelligent. I have demonstrated leadership skill,
maturity, and communication skills that will make me a stand-out
among the recipients of the award. Thank you for your time and
consideration for the scholarship.