Prior to beginning graduate school in nursing, I wanted to acquire adequate experience in my field; and I have now been working as a nurse full time for the past four-and-a-half years. My current position in ICU, since January of 2009, is my most challenging position to date; and it is here that I have acquired the fullest desire and determination to pursue nursing anesthesia at the graduate school level. I have now become highly skilled in related areas such as invasive monitoring, arterial lines, triple lumen and double lumen catheters, as well as Swan-Ganz catheters and intra aortic balloon pumps. I aspire to the role of becoming a CRNA because I crave both the responsibility and the autonomy. Most of all, I seek the profound joy that comes with having the privilege of making a most significant improvement in patients´ lives by easing and often alleviating their pain and discomfort. My compassion and engagement are my greatest professional strengths.
I feel strongly that I have what it takes to become a highly effective CRNA professional because I am a natural leader and a very highly motivated person who works well both under pressure and without supervision; and I always struggle daily to give everything that I can to my patients to provide them with the very highest quality of care possible. I am extremely dedicated to my career as a nurse and I seek the fulfillment and constant enhancement of my skills through lifelong learning. I am especially attracted to your program at OU because I am such a firm believer in the importance of hands on learning and I look forward to having the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the art setting through your collaboration with one of America.s finest institutions, the XXXX Hospital, with the only accredited nurse anesthesia program in XXXX County, where I hope to have the privilege of performing a clinical internship.
My life was changed dramatically in an instant, when I heard my first Code Blue. I stood at the bedside and punched epinephirne then atropine: seeming chaos surrounding me, a patient in front of me with no pulse. As the bed rocked with each chest compression, my thoughts swirled into an organized dance, my heart pumping heavy and fast; the adrenaline pumping into my blood turned me into a critically important part of a life saving machine. Especially since that day, I have found new epiphanies of dignity and fulfillment through practicing the art—as well as the science--of saving lives. I am a compassionate woman who profoundly enjoys working in a fast paced environment, always remaining cool, focused, and flexible in a crisis situation.
My clinical experience began in the high risk family birthing center of XXXX Hospital and Medical Center, where I found myself seeking out difficult patient assignments and craving the excitement of caring for seriously ill, ante-partum, laboring, and postpartum patients. As part of the OB emergency response team, I worked side by side with CRNAs, helping with epidurals and cesarean sections. This experience led me to seek and attain a transfer to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and my dedication to a career as a CRNA was fortified even further. Throughout my career as a nurse, I have craved and actively pursued learning experiences and found my true calling in life so far working as a trauma nurse. I feed on the rush of staying focused during emergencies and performing critical tasks. High acuity assignments have helped me to continually enhance my organization and assessment skills. The only comparable joy that I have experienced which can compare to the ICU is my volunteer work in the community to which I have long been dedicated. I thank you for considering my application to your program.