Motivation for Earning a Doctoral Degree

I have always been motivated to succeed in all aspects of professional training and education. I am also motivated to improve patient care delivered and patients outcomes, such as reduced hospital stay. According to Gardenier et al. (2017), a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program provides one with the skills and knowledge needed to enhance patient care. The following motivation factor for earning a doctorate program is to develop strong leadership skills and the ability to design new care models that will positively impact patient outcomes and shape future of nursing. The doctorate program will provide me with the necessary skills for working with interdisciplinary leaders to identify specific health issues and their impact, helping me fulfill my strong desire for improved patient care.  


I envision changing the form of leadership in my healthcare organization upon completion of the doctorate program. Most of the healthcare organizations I have practiced in adopts a rigid system that impedes the contribution of junior nurses. Junior nurses are rarely consulted or involved during the decision-making process. My vision is to change this particular notion by encouraging and allowing ideas and opinions of all staff regardless of their position. Samuel et al. (2018) stressed that involving nursing staff in decision-making is one of the critical leadership strategies used by nurse leaders to improve patient care. I would work to involve junior nurses since they are aware of areas that need improvements. 

Plan for Success

The doctoral journey is quite challenging endeavor since a student must manage and balance different activities related to the learning process, work, and social life. I will develop a weekly schedule to manage deadlines. The schedule will indicate due dates of activities and deliverables for each week. I will allocate high-priority activities more time than social life. To effectively demonstrate autonomy, I will practice clear communication and organize my work to ensure that I have the freedom to make and act on decisions utilizing a sound clinical judgment. My plan for success further involves engaging in ownership of my learning. I will achieve this through establishing clear learning objectives, actively engaging in class discussions and activities, and seeking support from instructors. Lastly, I will take quality improvement initiatives based on available evidence to demonstrate resourcefulness in solving public health problems. 

Community Service 

Serving the community has always been my passion. I am active in various community services in my quest to serve community members and enhance their overall well-being. For instance, I have formed a small group of friends from the healthcare field which offers homeless and street families medical care for free. We have also partnered with an SDA church within the community, which offers hospitalized care to patients in critical need. Hooshmand et al. (2019) emphasized the importance of meaningful collaboration between DNP scholars and community partners in improving healthcare delivery. I plan to grow our group into a non-profit organization that is capable of reaching additional needier community members. 


Gardenier, D., Schreibman, A., & Henrich, R. (2017). Does a Doctorate of Nursing Practice make a difference in patient care?. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners13(6), 392-393. 

Hooshmand, M., Foronda, C., Snowden, K., De Tantillo, L., & Williams, J. R. (2019). Transforming health care through meaningful doctor of nursing practice community partnerships. Nurse Educator44(3), 132-136. 

Samuel, H., Sehar, S., Afzal, M., & Gilani, S. A. (2018). Influence of supportive leadership on nursing clinical decision making in critical care units at tertiary care hospital Lahore. International Journal of Nursing5(2), 45-71.