“The PPRS health policy track combines my interests of health care and public policy into a feasible, educational pathway for me here at Penn. Through the PPRS program, I hope to explore nursing from a wider lens and to look beyond the clinical applications of illness. I want to learn about the manifestations of illness in terms of finances, economics, and legislation. I want to be able to recognize different reasons why a patient might become so sick. Did his lack of insurance prevent him from visiting the doctor? Was he able to buy his medication? What in the health care system prevents him from seeking for medical help? How can we change the system? I also hope to be able to meet like-minded students through the tight-knit PPRS cohorts, and to learn from different professors and peers about the ways we can shape public policy. As a nursing student, I will be able to share my perspective of policy from a patient-focused point of view.”
What makes you interested in policy?
“I believe that Dr. Julie Sochalski said it best when she said, “I have one patient, the United States health care system.” In order to effectively take care of patients, health care professionals need to look into ways to improve the entire health care system. Too many times, people are rejected from care due to their socio-economic status and limited access. As a future nurse, I will be at the forefront of the health care system, and I will come face to face with health care issues that plague Americans around the country. The PPRS program is a unique opportunity that allows me to combine my clinical skills and my passion for public welfare. This program would give me tools to one day be able to create health care policy that positively impact my patients. My ultimate career goal would be to work with the U.S. government for the establishment of universal health care in the United States. I do not know when that will be, but through the PPRS program, I will be prepared for when that time comes.”