I hope to be selected to your distinguished and competitive Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia at Oregon’s XXXX University in Portland based primarily on my experience as both a professional and a volunteer. Your program in Oregon is my first choice and I will definitely attend if selected, as a result of the sheer excellence of your curriculum combined with my deep affection for Portland as one of the most livable and enriching cities on the planet.
I have spent almost 3 years now with the US Air Force as a flight nurse doing aeromedical evacuations. I have also served as both a humanitarian volunteer and a professional team leader for the International Children’s Heart Foundation, traveling around the world to countries that include Libya, Russia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Honduras, on numerous mission trips, bringing specialized cardiac services to the operating room at local hospitals. Working in a multi-disciplinary team environment with volunteers from around the world has provided me with insight into a broad variety of nursing techniques and strengthened my international and intercultural communication skills – continuous learning, adaptation, and teamwork building.
I now have a total of 10 years in the OR as preop/periop/Pacu and RNFA and 5 years as a medical missionary nurse. Many of my highest moments in life have been serving as a medical missionary. My trip to Ethiopia with Mending Kids International in support of surgeons crosses my mind frequently. My journeys to El Salvador with Austin Smiles in February of 2009 and June of 2011, also provide me with very special memories on which to reflect and continue to learn. I run/walk marathons for good causes every year, help with food relief locally, serve as a guest speaker at career fairs, and do what I can to contribute to blood donations, cardiac screenings, and nature preservation.
I have worked hard for a long time to constantly improve my Spanish and have been quite successful at it, because it is so useful to calm, educate, and care for large numbers of the underserved. In addition to patient care, I also use my Spanish for teaching and training nurses. I speak Spanish for special purposes, my vocabulary in nursing and related areas is constantly growing and this brings me great satisfaction. It is always a special privilege to have a Spanish-speaking patient in the ICU or OR, and it's nice to not to have to call for a translator to care for them. I especially love to see the smile of pleasant surprise when Spanish comes out of my mouth as I begin to care for a patient.
After working as a circulator/scrub/ RNFA for approximately 10 years, I finally decided to venture into the ICU. Now, I have experience working in a level 1 trauma ICU at XXXX Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and I'm also continuing to further my ICU experiences at St Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. Many of my closest friends and colleagues are CRNAs and I have long taken an interest in the day-to-day events in their professional lives. Serving as a flight nurse has provided me with ample opportunity to exercise my leadership skills, especially since I became a commissioned officer in the Air Force in 2014, actively engaged with my squadron, first at March AFB in California and now at McChord AFB.
In Ecuador, I cared for a 1-month old cardiac patient, a baby that needed type O+ whole blood for his arterial switch procedure and none was available. Since I am O+, I decided to donate. It was the most magical thing to see my blood being pumped directly into his heart. I felt my hands on his heart and my blood circulating through his veins. He made it off the operating room table and into the PICU. Without my blood, he wouldn't have been able to come off of the pump successfully. For me, it doesn’t get any better than that.
I thank you for your consideration of my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXU.