The BSN to DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX is my first choice for graduate study. I am looking forward to a long and fulfilling career as a CRNA, and I see your program as the finest in the State of Florida. Miami is also my home. Both of my parents immigrated to the USA from Haiti. Even though I was born and raised in Miami, I have Haitian roots and feel a special calling to help the underserved residents of Haiti.
I have already been to Haiti twice, helping on 2-week medical missions in 2003 and 2009. I can testify that well-trained medical professionals able to speak the language, Creole, are very much in short supply. I hope to be selected, at least in part, based on my potential contribution to the underserved of my land of origin.
I could not more fully embrace everything having to do with health promotion, eating healthy, exercising, and staying entirely fit as part of my routine. At the same time that I spend much of my time reading and learning about Preventive Medicine, however, my visits to Haiti on medical missions, in addition to my day-to-day experiences at our hospital, have filled me with inspiration and determination to become a CRNA and return to Haiti as an anesthetist in support of teams of surgeons. In 2010, only months after my last trip to Haiti, the island was struck by one of the most devastating earthquakes in history with untold suffering. As I watched the images of the wounded on the television in Miami, I wept with the most wrenching desperation because I wanted to return so badly. However, my circumstances did not allow me to do so. However, my sense of calling became especially clear at these moments.
I now have extensive experience as a registered nurse (RN) in critical care, beginning in my present position with the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at XXXX Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in June 2015. We do a lot of heart surgery, and our team is renowned for highly skilled nurses and state-of-the-art management of critical care patients. I have always given 100%, which enabled me to achieve within a few months the high level of competency of other nurses who have been here much longer. I hit the ground running, and every day I continue to learn valuable things due to my high motivation to excel and improve the quality of the care that I can provide.
Working on a unit with high patient acuity requires me to use an immense amount of critical thinking skills at the same time that I have to make rapid decisions. I care for post-operative open-heart patients with meticulous attention to detail, constantly on the watch for any deterioration in their condition. Post-operative open-heart surgery patients require invasive monitoring such as Swan-Ganz catheters, and I have become incredibly skilled in managing hemodynamics. I have acquired experience in the use of vasoactive and anesthetic medications and mechanical devices that support heart, lung, and kidney functions.
On December 10, 2004, I became a patient and needed an outpatient surgical procedure. My CRNA, XXXX, made me feel comfortable and inspired me with confidence in her ability to put me under anesthesia and ensure that I would be fine. She told me she would take care of me while I was unconscious. XXXX exemplified professionalism, a caring attitude, respect, humility, and friendliness. She models the anesthetist and professional I strive to become.
It is a special privilege to care for patients in their most critical and vulnerable moments, just out of surgery and in the post-anesthesia phase. I have had opportunities to observe CRNAs administer anesthesia before and after surgery for some time now. I admire the ability of CRNAs to multitask during open-heart surgery: controlling the patient’s consciousness and hemodynamics while ensuring adequate ventilation. I admire their great agility at intubation and transesophageal echocardiogram; this high skill level attracts me to this profession. I crave responsibility, with proficient and highly accurate attention to detail. Each time the CRNA brings us a new patient to the CVIVU and discusses the case with me, it is a moment when I feel admiration, inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.
My principal, short-term goal is to dedicate myself to thirty-six months of learning the complexity of anesthesia administration at the University of XXXX to become a highly trained CRNA prepared to excel in the workforce. My long-term goal is to eventually provide my expertise pro bono to Haiti, my family’s land of origin, where I can speak and understand the language of the underserved. Here in America, I look forward to serving as a CRNA for a team of heart surgeons. In Haiti, I look forward to serving in support of general surgeons operating on some of the poorest residents of the most impoverished nation in the hemisphere, blighted by natural disasters.
I hope to participate in future research concerning how to improve nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals in the United States to provide more individualized patient care. Also, I look forward to advocating for advanced practice nurses to be able to care for patients more independently of physicians with the ability to bill patients and insurance for services.
I am fully aware of the sacrifice and dedication it will take to become a CRNA, yet I crave your program's challenge and rigors. If selected for your competitive program, I will remain focused and give it my all.
Thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX.