A few weeks ago, I completed the last of my doctoral courses. It feels so good to be done with the actual lectures and classroom stuff, now it's a matter of finishing the projects. My challenge at the moment is completing the written proposal, the data/code book and putting together a committee with synergy! Then I can prepare for proposal defense. I plan to have my data collected before the end of the year...that way I can graduate from the program next May and enter the health care arena as a practitioner of some sort before I turn 40.
About the whole becoming a clinician, I have been thinking about that quite a bit lately. I am an African American woman. In our country, many have preconceived notions about what it is to be black in America. Many of the policies that affect black people are based on these notions. As a researcher, I will provide scientific evidence to things that fellow African Americans know as common knowledge. Through research I can give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. It is important to make opportunities like mine available to ALL African Americans. I think it will take more than just money because some of us need a little nudge to get moving in the right direction. I still want to be a Family Nurse Practitioner, but I also want to be a researcher and a nursing educator...Nurses can never stop moving!!!!