Dynasty I. Stokes, MSN, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC, demonstrated her leadership abilities while an undergraduate student at Cleveland State University. She was one of the founders of the Minority Association of Nursing Students (MANS) and served as President. Her professional career took off early and she is now a US Air Force Captain and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, who is completing her DNP this semester. Here she describes her professional role in nursing and reflects on how she keeps her passion and enthusiasm for nursing alive.
As a military officer and women’s health nurse practitioner in the United States Air Force, I have the honor to serve my country and provide care to female Airmen, retirees, spouses, and daughters. With a high degree of autonomy, I provide care to obstetric and gynecologic patients. Also, I incorporate evidence-based practice in my decision-making to provide the highest quality of healthcare and improve population outcomes. Additionally, I train and mentor nurse practitioners and medical students.
My experiences heightened my determination to ensure my success in my dream profession—nursing. My passion is primarily fueled by the nurses who provided quality care to my parents during their last days. The nurses helped me survive the greatest challenges I have ever endured. I do not remember the nurses’ names nor the details of our conversations; however, I will never forget the smiles they put on my parents’ faces, the way they lit the room, the jokes that made us laugh, their gentle touch, the extra time they spent with us, and the way they made me feel. The nurses made the suffering more bearable by sympathizing with us and addressing our concerns. They provided information so we could make informed decisions, advocated for my parents and family, and helped us accept the dying process. The nurses’ passion inspired me to provide that same compassionate level of service to others.
Furthermore, understanding my ancestors’ struggle and knowing that I am a living embodiment of their dream, prevents me from failure, and propels me forward. Moreover, I witnessed my parents’ sacrifices so I could have opportunities that were not afforded to them. Their commitment to me gives me the courage and strength to pursue my goals without reservation. Most importantly, regardless of my circumstances, I trust God for things I can only imagine.