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Code Blue Moment, Nurse Anesthesia, ICU, Emergency Response

Updated: Jun 18

Before beginning graduate school in nursing, I wanted to acquire adequate experience and I have now worked 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; it is here that I have acquired the most passionate desire and determination to pursue nursing anesthesia at the graduate school level. I have become highly skilled in related areas such as invasive monitoring, arterial lines, triple lumen, double lumen catheters, Swan-Ganz catheters, and Intra aortic balloon pumps. I aspire to the role of becoming a CRNA because I crave both responsibility and autonomy. Most of all, I seek the profound joy of having the privilege of making the most significant improvement in patients´ lives by easing and often alleviating their pain and discomfort. My compassion and engagement are my most important 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 highly motivated, working well under pressure and without supervision. I always struggle to give my patients everything I can, providing them with the very highest quality of care possible. I am highly 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 XU because I am such a firm believer in the importance of hands-on learning. I look forward to learning 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 epinephrine, 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. Since that day, I have found new epiphanies of dignity and fulfillment by practicing the art and science of saving lives. I am a compassionate woman who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, always remaining calm, focused, and flexible in a crisis.

My clinical experience began in the high-risk family birthing center of XXXX Hospital and Medical Center. I found myself seeking out challenging patient assignments and craving the excitement of caring for seriously ill, antepartum, laboring, and postpartum patients. As part of the OB emergency response team, I worked alongside 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 by working as a trauma nurse. I feed on the rush of staying focused during emergencies and performing tasks. High acuity assignments have helped me continually enhance my organization and assessment skills. The only thing I enjoy as much as the ICU is my volunteer work in the community.

I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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