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MSc Healthcare Quality Master's Program in Canada, Focus on Canadian First Nations Peoples

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The MSc Program in Healthcare Quality at XXXX, Canada, is my first choice among Master’s Degree programs in Healthcare Quality and Administration. Your program is unique and I feel strongly that my particular interests and career goals are an ideal fit with your curriculum. I also believe that my personal sense of mission to the health needs of Canada’s First Nations is very much in line with the mission of XXXX University.

With more than 30 years of experience as a nurse, I also have developed a longstanding, special relationship with healthcare systems for the First Nations across Canada. For this reason, in particular, I believe that I will have valuable things to share in class at XXXX University, and as I get to know my colleagues with similar interests from all over the world.

I look forward to continuing to learn about traditional healing and medicines, always with an eye to how it can be incorporated into our preventative/primary healthcare models. I also hope to work with other First Nations or similar organizations in other countries so as to enhance my understanding through comparison. I look forward to decades of collaboration with the World Health Organization, helping them to advance in their support and cooperation with initiatives for the advancement of traditional medicine/healing of the First Nations and I look forward to closely studying how the work of the WHO correlates with better health outcomes.

I am First Nations from Six Nations in Brantford, Ontario. I have been working and living in the James Bay Region of Northern Ontario since 2009. I have met and partnered with all chiefs and band councils in the area to improve care in each of their communities, learning about the struggles for access to careñ and I have identified the specific health care needs of First Nations peoples. I have also had to navigate through the current health system when living in remote First Nations communities to get the healthcare that I needed for myself – excellent experience. A highly accomplished nurse, I have acquired and finely honed many different skills from many different health systems. I have worked in small and large organizations and have a great mind for organizing systems to improve functionality and, subsequently, outcomes as well. I have a great passion for being a leader in the cause of improving the quality of care across Canada; particularly for First Nations communities.

My nursing career began in 1987, serving as a frontline nurse at a time when there were few full time nursing positions available. I worked in a part time position filling in when staffing was short. This experience afforded me the opportunity to hone my time management and basic nursing skills as well as providing me with a flexible work environment. It was in this environment that I quickly learned to adapt to any situation. This adaptability has served me well over the years when working in a combined care unit of antepartum, labour and delivery, postpartum and cardiac care. I had some excellent mentors in my years of nursing. They gave me the support and guidance that instilled confidence in my nursing abilities. In different time periods from 2001 to 2009, I performed home care nursing for two different companies. This is where I learned to become more independent in my nursing practice. I became accomplished in best practice wound care, sharpened my communication skills through health teaching to people in the communities of the Niagara region and utilized innovation to appropriately deliver quality care in a home setting. I was employed in a term position from May to August of 2004 for the Community Care Access Center in St. Catharines, Ontario. This organization has now been incorporated into the Local Health Integrated Systems across the province. As the Resource Manager, I dealt with emergency situations for frontline providers, ensuring the appropriate support was employed and communicated this to the appropriate manager within the organization.

Next, I enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces, a childhood dream that I accomplished just in time, completing rigorous basic training for both the Health Services and the regular military sectors – at the age of 36. I managed clinic operations and taught clinical skills in classroom and clinical environments to medical technicians. This greatly enhanced my self-confidence to pursue my dreams and trust my vision; soon I was off to the James Bay region in Northern Ontario. I relocated to this area in 2009 to work with First Nations people, providing direct nursing care through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluating plans of care. In 2011, I had the opportunity to lead the Fort Albany site by supporting the staff to ensure quality care through safe and effective nursing practices in accordance with the College of Nurses standards. I was the successful candidate in 2015 for the Director of Professional Practice position. This position was one that I really wanted to obtain as it would provide me with the ability to promote quality health care and make a difference in the current healthcare system.

I would like to become a significant driving force for improving health care and quality for First Nations in Canada, through the development and implementation of innovative, effective design improvements in the current system for First Nations people of Canada. A quality care system involves safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient and equitable care – and what we have already in place is woefully inadequate for the long term. The First Nations people of Canada must struggle with the current healthcare system that is driven by the need for government approvals for care access.

The system needs to reeducate and retool in such a way as to overcome cultural biases and racism, a response to lingering notions in society of indigenous inferiority. Canada has promised that all people will have equitable access to healthcare: so, my goal is to make that a reality for First Nations people.

I thank you for considering my application to the MSc Program in Healthcare Quality at XXXX University.

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