Since childhood, it has been my intention to spend my life ‘making a difference’ rather than just making a living. I pursued a bachelor degree in Biology with the intention of qualifying as a physician, however as I became aware of the fact that nurses have much more direct patient contact, I decided to pursue a career in that field. Since I began my nursing career, I have experienced the great satisfaction of making a beneficial difference to the lives of my patients and have been fully confirmed in my choice and wish to advance as far as possible within the field.
I have been a professional registered nurse since February 2015. I initially served on a Medical/Surgical/Orthopedic floor. I applied to work in the ICU early this year and regard the success of my application as being a reflection of the confidence of my superiors and as recognition of my intelligence, enthusiasm, skills and potential. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in ICU which has considerably enhanced my nursing skills and knowledge.
I have now carefully considered my ‘next step’ in nursing and have concluded that the CRNA role is an ideal ‘fit’. The specialty draws me because it is academically and professionally demanding and because of the exciting and constant advances being made in medications, equipment and techniques. I am confident that I possess the necessary intellectual capability, high level communication skills together with analytical approach to problems and the ability to work with significant autonomy while being an effective member of a cross-disciplinary team. However I am mainly attracted by the prospect of providing the vital and basic patient service of effective and safe pain management.
My professional goals are to qualify as a Nurse Anesthetist and then to gain considerable experience in a hospital, to enable me provide expert services and training in a country where there is a shortage of expertise in the field of pain management. I am also keen to be involved in research and am particularly interested in the genetics of heritable variability in severe pain traits including inflammatory and neuropathic hypersensitivity and the role of GABAa receptors in anesthetic action. My degree in Biology will, I am confident, fit me to be a useful researcher in the field as will my determination and the ability to apply ‘original thinking’ to problem solving.
I am aware that the program will be intellectually demanding and am confident that I am equipped to excel within it rather than to merely succeed. I gained a GPA of 3.78/4 in my nursing degree which is a measure of my intellectual ability and potential, and more importantly, my interest in and, enthusiasm for, the subject.
I have been raised as a Christian and to consider volunteer activity to be an obligation rather than an option. I have been involved in several volunteer programs such as the Ronald Macdonald House Charity which provides practical help to families whose children are seriously ill and the Angel Food Ministries which provides food relief to families in need. I intend to continue to give of my time and expertise throughout my life.
I have studied, worked and socialized with people from many ethnic and social backgrounds. I get on easily with others and have well-developed sense of humor. I am a native English speaker but have a basic proficiency in Spanish, which I hope to enhance when time permits. I am increasingly aware of the importance of non-verbal signals in the provision of nursing care and am consciously seeking to enhance my skills in recognizing, interpreting and responding appropriately to such signals from patients and their families.
I am aware that nursing can be emotionally demanding and strongly believe in the importance of pursuing outside hobbies and interests to maintain balance and a rounded personality. I am a proficient photographer, I always have at least one book ‘on the go’, I enjoy exploring my home city and finding out about its history and its role in the making of our country, I love music and am a dedicated ‘movie buff’.
To summarize, I believe that I have the intellectual capacity, the personal characteristics and the passion for the specialty which will, in combination, enable me to excel in the program and in my subsequent career. I undertake to apply myself with exceptional enthusiasm and diligence to the program and to seek to ‘add value’ to it from my academic studies and professional experience.
Thank you for considering my application.