Since graduating in 2015, a good part of my career has been spent as a Travel Nurse. I am very glad that I chose this role as it has provided me with an excellent overview of the profession. I have worked in a variety of nursing environments and with different patient populations and with a wide range of medical and nursing specialists. It was always my intention to become a specialist nurse and those who have most impressed me, since I became a nurse, have been the Nurse Anesthetists with whom I have worked while providing critical patient care.
I am aware that not every nurse could fill this role which calls for a unique blend of knowledge and skills many of which are highly technical and intellectually demanding and that it calls for a very high level of communication skills. I am also aware of the fact that such specialists operate with significant autonomy while working as an effective member of a cross-disciplinary team. I understand that a Nurse Anesthetist must demonstrate an independent and confident attitude to apply their knowledge and skills to maximum effectiveness. I have carefully considered whether or not I have the necessary aptitudes, passion, personal characteristics and potential and I am confident that I have.
My goals are to excel in the program, to gain experience in a hospital environment and, ultimately to deliver safe and effective pain management in rural communities, such as the one in which I was raised, in which the availability of local medical services of all kinds were very limited. Ideally I shall work as a travelling nurse anesthetist with an emphasis on such deprived communities.
I decided, while at school, to pursue a nursing career but my closest friends wanted to study business and I decided to join them. I soon realized that my life-goal of ‘making a difference’ rather than just making a living was not going to be satisfied in a business career and so I changed direction and pursued nursing. I have never regretted this decision that has provided me with exceptional satisfaction arising from the knowledge that I am indeed ‘making a difference’. I applied to Winston Salem ST because of its very high ranking among nursing schools and was delighted to be accepted. My diligence and enthusiasm were rewarded with multiple inclusions on the Dean’s List and a creditable 3.3 average GPA.
It is difficult for a newly qualified nurse obtain work in an ICU but that was my immediate goal and my determination was rewarded when I was offered a position in the cardiac ICU at Cone Hospital, Greensboro, NC. This provide me with early and significant exposure to the use of ventilators, vasoactive drips, Swan Ganz catheters, paralytics and sedatives. I acquired and developed skills in recognizing and reacting rapidly and flexibly to changes in patient status. Treating seriously ill patients and interacting with their loved ones so early in my career has been a privilege and has demonstrated to me the vital importance of applying sensitivity, empathy and courtesy in doing so.
I understand that the role calls for cultural awareness and sensitivity. I have happily studied, worked and socialized with people from many cultural and social backgrounds. I am a friendly and outgoing person with a well-developed sense of humor. I am a keen traveler and have visited Canada, Mexico, Greece, Italy and Spain. I have a basic knowledge of Spanish and hope to build on this in the future as time permits. I regard it as important that those working in sometimes stressful and emotional situations unwind effectively and I do so in pursuing outdoor activities and sports.
To summarize: In an admittedly fairly short career I have been exposed to an exceptionally wide variety of conditions, patient types and nursing environments; I have ICU experience; I am confident that I have the academic potential to excel in the program and in my career beyond. However, most importantly, I am genuinely passionate in my wish to become an expert specialist and to provide an excellent and caring service to patients and especially those having limited access to local medical care.
Thank you for considering my application.