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Kelsey Lagaly

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Hi there! I’m Kelsey and I'm a nursing student at Texas A&M University. I decided to back to school at the age of 32 because I want to make a positive impact on the world in whatever way I can, and I believe a career in nursing will give me countless opportunities to genuinely enhance the lives of others. I hope to be a nurse who advocates for marginalized and underserved populations - to give a voice to those whose voices have been traditionally ignored or muted. I have also been in recovery from a substance abuse disorder for nearly 7 years. Getting and staying sober was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I would not erase my struggles if I could. My experiences have informed my passion. My ultimate aspiration is to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), where I will be able to treat individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

Education

Texas A&M University- College Station

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • GPA:
    4

University of Central Arkansas

Bachelor's degree program
2010 - 2017
  • Majors:
    • Philosophy
  • Minors:
    • Religion/Religious Studies
  • GPA:
    3.3

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor'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:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

    • Medical Assistant

      Texan Anesthesiology Association
      2021 – 20232 years
    • Undergraduate Research Assistant

      Texas A&M University
      2024 – Present7 months
    • Health Center Assistant

      Planned Parenthood
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Lead Medical Assistant

      Makana Path Detox and Treatment Facility
      2020 – 20211 year

    Sports

    Softball

    Club
    2004 – 20062 years

    Awards

    • Lake Hamilton All-Stars Team

    Research

    • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

      University of Central Arkansas Philosophy and Religion Department — Author
      2016 – 2017

    Arts

    • Stardust Jazz Band (Professional Jazz Band)

      Music
      2009 – 2010
    • Lake Hamilton High School Band

      Band
      All Region Band (2007-2010); Four-States Honors Jazz Band (2007-2010); Section Leader and Soloist (2007-2010)
      2006 – 2010
    • Thespian Troupe 1699

      Theatre
      Grease (Frenchy), Captive Audience (Laura), Find Me a Primitive Man (Third Place Duet Acting at State Thespian Festival)
      2008 – 2010

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Omega Recovery, Nova Recovery, and Cross Creek Hospital — Guest Speaker
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Alcoholics Anonymous — Sponsor
      2018 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Austin Harm Reduction Coalition — Advocate
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    EBG Nursing Scholarship
    Nursing has not always been my first choice of profession. I received my first degree in philosophy because I initially wanted to be a lawyer. While studying philosophy, I learned in depth about inequity and institutionalized disparities in our society. The ethical implications of these issues sparked in me a desire to make a difference in a more profound way. This led me to my first job as a medical assistant, where I worked at a community healthcare clinic that primarily serves low-income, vulnerable populations. This role put me in a unique position to advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities in a compassionate and nonjudgmental way. As a healthcare professional, I find it incredibly rewarding to create a safe space for patients who may otherwise experience prejudice in the healthcare system. Patients from vulnerable populations oftentimes have negative past experiences with healthcare professionals and simply want to feel accepted, understood, and heard. While working in healthcare, I’ve learned that I am not only capable of offering this space for people, but it genuinely fuels me. Although I am already 32 years old, I chose to return to school to pursue an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to enhance my ability to heal and care for underserved and vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, I graduated with around $30,000 in student debt from my first degree and heavily contemplated the financial burden before returning to school. I’ve taken out additional loans to pursues my BSN, but I am following my heart toward a rewarding career path that far outweighs the fear of being in debt for the rest of my life. With interest, I have now accumulated close to $60,000 in student debt. I am unable to work while in school due to the rigorous nature of the accelerated BSN program. Any financial assistance would be incredibly helpful and provide peace of mind and security while I push toward my dream of becoming a nurse. While I enjoy all aspects of nursing, my ultimate aspiration is to become a psychiatric nurse. Addiction and mental health disorders are sweeping our nation at record rates, and I plan to advocate for equitable mental healthcare for underserved and underrepresented communities. As a psychiatric mental health nurse, I aspire to transform lives through compassionate, nonjudgmental, and equitable care. My goal is to provide holistic support that addresses both the mental and physical aspects of addiction, advocating for vulnerable populations in their journey to recovery. I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where patients feel empowered to engage and actively participate in their treatment. I hope to implement community outreach programs, such as harm-reduction clinics and educational programs, to help de-stigmatize addiction, ensuring accessible care for all. Through continuous professional nursing development and dedication to field of psychiatric mental health nursing, I will not only help heal my patients, but will actively contribute to advancing addiction treatment practices and improving patient outcomes.