Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

There are several sources of inspiration to pursue a doctorate degree. My grandmother highly encouraged me to pursue completing my degree as a Registered Nurse. She worked for 10 years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Texas in long term care. I attended a magnet program for science and engineering and realized that I had a passion for medicine. I served in the US Navy for 8 years as a Hospital Corpsman, where I was afforded the opportunity of serving military families and active-duty members in family practice, emergency medicine, and women's health. After serving, I completed my RN diploma and then went on to complete my BSN at Chamberlain College of Nursing. I was awarded a scholarship due to being an intimate partner violence survivor. Although nursing has afforded me a great lifestyle, my passion was to study racial and gender disparities in healthcare. I applied to Walden's Ph.D. program Track II for BS to Ph.D. in Public Health and was accepted due to my extensive background in the healthcare field. Healthcare disparities are a major public health problem across the United States, especially regarding intimate partner violence and the longterm negative health outcomes. My passion is to pursue research opportunities in the quality of care measures, access to care for the treatment of related injuries. I am now in the dissertation portion of my program, and my proposal has been approved by my research committee. Upon completion of this degree, my professional goals are to start a nonprofit to house women and children of intimate partner abuse, with job preparation services in addition to assisting women survivors of military sexual assault. My goal is to continue seeking research opportunities regarding health outcomes in women survivors of intimate partner violence in the United States.

Monique from Georgia
Walden University College of Health Sciences