My first contact with a CRNA occurred during my advanced medical-surgical clinical rotation in nursing school. I was in the ICU when I witnessed a CRNA intubate a patient in respiratory distress. Deeply impressed by his calm and focused attitude and the swift effect of his work, my interest was immediately fired.
My interest has grown over time and I have done as much as possible to learn about the specialty over the last two and a half years and to prepare myself for this application. I have taken the opportunity to shadow 3 highly dedicated and skilled CRNA’s. I have also attended several nursing anesthesia professional symposia, including the Annual Congress of the AANA, a Diversity CRNA information session, and the CANA Fall meetings, where I learned much about topics of current interest in the specialty. These sessions also provided opportunities to meet and talk with CRNAs and SRNAs in depth about the requirements of the position and receive their advice.
Furthermore, I read ‘Watchful Care: A History of America's Nurse Anesthetists’ by Marianne Bankert, which gave me an understanding of the history of nurse anesthetists and the struggles they have experienced to overcome prejudices and to grow and develop the profession.
I realize that wanting to do something does not, in itself, fit one to do it. I have very carefully considered the characteristics required of a first-class practitioner and the demands of the role. I am aware that the specialty is academically and professionally demanding calling for a commitment to being constantly aware of the many and exciting advances in medications, equipment and techniques. I know that high level communication skills are essential together with an analytical approach to problems and the ability to work swiftly and calmly under pressure and to accept significant autonomy while being an effective cross-disciplinary team member.
I have excelled in my academic career and have acquired relevant nursing experience in Cardiac-Thoracic ICU / Surgical ICU over the last two and a half years. I have earned various certifications relevant to my current role which have supplemented my knowledge and helped me to hone my nursing skills. I have volunteered to serve as a ‘champion’ on a hospital wide CLASBI prevention committee and have attended the AACN National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition gaining knowledge that I was able to share with fellow nurses on my unit. I have qualified as a BLS and ACLS instructor and have greatly enjoyed my teaching experience which I hope to extend in my future work.
My goal is to qualify as a CRNA, to accrue significant experience in the role and, ultimately, to undertake research and teaching. I believe that I have the characteristics, academic ability, foundational skill-set and potential to become an excellent practitioner. I have undertaken significant preparatory work to fit me for the training that I now seek and undertake to apply myself with exceptional diligence and commitment to the program.