The University of Massachusetts Amherst

DNP Profile: Sharada Paudel

Mar 19, 2019
Sharada Paudel DNP

Name: Sharada Paudel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut 

Graduation: May 2019

DNP Specialization:  Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner 

Current role:  I am a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Since 2016, I have been working as a Nurse Practitioner at Collins Medical Associates 2, P.C. in Connecticut. I am a licensed Advance Practice Registered Nurse in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

What inspired you to become a DNP?

I have an opportunity to impact someone’s life every single day. I always feel that if I am more educated and stay current, I can provide safe, quality and cost-effective care to my patients. I always wanted to be the voice and advocate for patients and communities. The DNP program allows me to bring changes in the health care system for existing problems by implementing research into clinical practice. I already feel that the DNP program has prepared me to become a better practitioner and a better leader.

Please describe your experience in the DNP program at UMass Amherst.  

Before I applied to my DNP program, I did lots of research and I found that the UMass Amherst DNP program has a unique focus on evidence-based practice, quality improvement, strong leadership and policy, for those who want to become innovative health care leaders. The UMass DNP program is convenient to my full-time work schedule. I am glad I chose UMass Amherst because my advisor and faculty members have been immensely helpful to guide me through each and every step of my research goals. Moreover, UMass has incredible library resources for research, which we can access easily from off campus, and technologies to connect students and faculties from off campus.

Please describe your DNP project.

Currently I am working on my DNP quality improvement project Prevention and Management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Diseases (GERD) and Peptic Ulcer Diseases (PUD’s) Among Bhutanese Refugees Utilizing Personalized Patient Education”. While I was doing my clinical rotations as a Nurse Practitioner student, I had to provide care to large number of people in the Bhutanese refugee population. I found many factors such as low levels of health literacy, lack of past medical records, language barriers, cross-cultural healthcare issues, that provide challenges to caring for this population in the United States. Due to lack of proper training and resources to deal with specific needs associated with this population, primary care providers are not able to provide quality health services. Thus, I chose this topic, which I am hoping will help to bring some changes in the health care system to provide safe, quality and cost-effective care to all refugees, not only limited to Bhutanese.

What are your plans for the future? 

The sky is not the limit…Actually, I have many future plans. I want to be involved in direct patient care and at the same time I would like to translate evidence-based research into clinical practice in order to improve quality of patient care. Also, I have a passion for nursing education. I am planning to serve as a part-time faculty in Nursing School.

Since I was born and raised in Nepal, I am also planning to involve in Nursing education advancement in Nepal. In Nepal, until now the MSN has been the highest level of nursing education with limited seats, and male students going to Nursing school is very uncommon. Therefore, I want to be involved in policy making to develop nursing education up to the DNP level and encourage male students to participate in Nursing education.