I have wanted to become a CRNA since my first clinical rotation as a nursing student in the Operating Room in Reno, NV. Most attracted to the autonomy, professional respect, financial stability, and privileges of service the CRNA enjoys, I hope to be selected to earn my doctoral degree in Nurse Anesthesia. My first choice for graduate school is the XXXX School of Anesthesia because of its excellence, multidisciplinary approaches, and commitment to addressing the healthcare needs of marginalized communities.
Growing up in a small town in Ukraine, I witnessed the hardships endured by poor rural families with limited access to medical facilities and treatment. As a result, I daydreamed as a child about becoming a healthcare professional to help people in desperate need. The rural poverty I witnessed as a child and adolescent will always be with me and inspire me to make my professional mark in life by providing anesthesia, especially to rural, isolated, and underserved communities.
Caring, compassionate, and fond of hands-on care, I found my calling in nursing. After immigrating to the USA, I earned my associates in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA, followed by the BSN with High Distinction in 2008 at XXXX University. In 2013, I completed my Critical Care Certificate with distinction at XXXX University, and in 2015 I earned my MSN in Nursing at XXXX University.
The last six years I have spent as a nurse in an ICU have been the finest of my life, and I look forward to many decades on the front lines of nursing. At first, I found the ICU stressful simply because many patients are terminally ill, and often no care will change the outcome. However, I have learned to accept that and be content with delivering the best care possible. I crave more significant levels of responsibility so that I might be able to maximize my contribution to my profession and my community, be fully immersed in inpatient care, and work with multi-disciplinary teams. The doctors in my hospital trust my assessments and judgment and readily approve my recommendations. This gives me the confidence that I will be able to distinguish myself as I face the rigors of your Nurse Anesthesia Program at XXXX.
My parents always impressed upon me the importance of giving back, so I have been involved in outreach by my church from an early age, especially in nursing homes. I helped feed the residents and quickly learned the importance of taking the time to listen. I learned about life from those who have lived it. I serve meals to the homeless, distribute school supplies to needy families, and attend health expos to distribute wellness information.
Thank you for considering my application to the XXXX School of Nurse Anesthesia.