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Ivy Aleshire Ward

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I am a dedicated, driven individual who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Nursing to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Duke University. My hobbies include running, hiking, boating, and yoga. I have recently discovered a new passion for baking, although I’m not great at it! I have a Corgi named Pancake, who brings great joy to my life! I hope to reach underserved children by starting my own practice and community outreach programs with the incorporation of therapy animals and well child visits.

Education

West Virginia University Institute of Technology

Bachelor's degree program
2013 - 2017
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Nurse Practitioner

    • RN

      Atlas Medstaff
      2019 – Present5 years
    • RN

      Charleston Area Medical Center
      2017 – 20192 years

    Sports

    Cross-Country Running

    Varsity
    2015 – 20172 years

    Awards

    • First Team All Conference, National Championship Qualifier

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2011 – 20176 years

    Awards

    • All American, Scholar Athlete, First Team All Conference, Newcomer of the Year

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      WVU Tech Student Health — Nurses Assistant
      2016 – 2017

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Dashanna K. McNeil Memorial Scholarship
    
 Growing up, it was easy to be naive of the poverty that surrounded me. It was all I had ever known or seen. I grew up in a trailer in a small town in West Virginia that was highly impoverished — an area that is still reeling from the opioid epidemic that plagues the state. Medical care is difficult to access, with only one major hospital over an hour away and a small clinic in town. Just a few years ago, the only grocery store in the county closed — now the closest one is a forty minute drive from my childhood home. My entire school system was granted free lunches from the government because the county was so poor, with over eighty percent of the youth currently being raised by their grandparents. I could go on about the insecurities of the area and how under-served it truly is, but that would take much more than 600 words. When I eventually graduated nursing school from West Virginia University, I took a job at Charleston Area Medical Center in the operating room at their level one trauma center. Here, I discovered just how truly depressing the situation in my state is. I had begun to realize the implications the opioid epidemic had left on the area by this point in my life, but it wasn’t until I saw it in the clinical setting that it finally hit home. My patients were addicted, scared, suffering, and most importantly, human and deserving of care. I decided after two years of working in the operating room that I wanted to continue my education and become a nurse practitioner, so that I could provide medical care for under-served areas like the one I grew up in. I chose to pursue this route because it is important to me to not only make a difference in people’s lives, but to give back to communities like the one that raised me. I find it unacceptable that in today’s world of excess, we have such little access to healthcare in our nation. Specifically, I am going back to school to work with the pediatric population and ensure that the children growing up in communities like mine are getting yearly well child visits, meeting important milestones, and have access to other tools and programs that will support their growth. I am no longer naive to the problems that surrounded me as a child, which is why I find it so important to help combat them for other children who may not have as many opportunities that I was granted.