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BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia, Promoted to Charge Nurse Within 8 Months

Updated: May 11

Earning my BSN Degree in May of 2017, I have most enjoyed the past 2 most dynamic years of my life, giving all to our patients in the Intensive Care Unit of our hospital. Few things happen within the range of my eyes and ears in our ICU that I fail to notice, especially everything having to do with Nurse Anesthesia. This is increasingly the case since becoming a CRNA has been my central career goal for some time now. I have also shadowed several CRNAs on my unit who I especially admired.

Thus, I especially hope to be selected to attend the BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of XXXX, my first choice for a variety of reasons, ranging from your ranking as the finest Nurse Anesthesia Program in Florida to the fact that your geographical location is ideal for the pursuit of my personal as well as professional goals. I appreciate how XXXX University is invested in the career success of its students with a focus on turning out leaders and professionals capable of making critically important contributions to their communities on local, state, and national levels.

Promoted to Charge Nurse within 8 months of beginning my service in the ICU, I am also a preceptor for new employees and nursing students. I enjoy teaching and learning from our Unit Based Educator. A member of the hospital’s rapid response team, I respond to CAT calls/Code blue frequently and I am always passionate about providing especially attentive care and attention to the most critical patients on the unit. I have attended two CRNA Diversity Information Sessions where I listened in rapture to the keynote speakers and learned a great deal about airway simulation, endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask airway, epidurals, mechanical ventilators, and central line insertions.

My parents were raised in a small town in a rural area, so I grew up often hearing about limited services and having to travel long distances for healthcare in particular. Ironically, perhaps because I see the countryside as my source or origin, I have always been drawn there and it is for this reason that I hope to become a CRNA especially well trained in rural medicine and nursing. At some point, I hope to establish my own independent practice in a small rural town, providing outreach to surrounding residents.

Another one of my attractions to rural America is my deep concern over the rise of opioid addiction in the United States and perioperative considerations for patients with opioid use disorder, such as using non-opioid analgesics or and non-pharmacological pain management to provide optimal pain control and minimize the risk of relapse and overdose. I have published an article in the Unit’s newsletter titled ““Post Intensive Care Syndrome in Patients' Families”. Other special moments for me have been participating in runs to benefit charities and I look forward to always serving as a volunteer, going on missions, in particular, where CRNAs are needed in support of surgeons saving lives, especially in the Global South.

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