I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your distinguished Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University as a multilingual Asian woman. Along with diversity, I seek to make my mark as a great team player and a CRNA who is top-notch at intercultural, multilingual communication in the hospital. This is my understanding of the role of the CRNA and I have shadowed two CRNA both of which are exemplary of interdisciplinary teamwork and appreciation for diversity.
I agree with the suggestion (Epstein, 2014) that interdisciplinary hospital teams should function as “well-oiled machines,” enhancing teamwork up and down the “treatment pyramid” creating a “silo effect” resulting from enhanced communication between the different levels of healthcare professionals and staff, thus reducing AE (e.g. morbidity/mortality) while improving patient and healthcare worker satisfaction. I look forward to doing research and writing up results concerning the way that ethnic and linguistic diversity can or at least should contribute to the efficacy of the interdisciplinary teams on which the CRNA plays a pivotal role.
Born and raised in Kazakhstan, I came to the US as an exchange student in 2010 and became a citizen in January, 2017. I especially appreciate the vast diversity of where I now live, making a permanent home for myself and my family in West Palm Beach, Florida. This part of south Florida has stunning diversity and as a nurse I care for people who were born all over the world. Thus, for several years now, I have been practicing multilingual and multicultural nursing as the opportunity arises. I am more or less fluent in German as well as being a native speaker of Russian; and there have been times at the hospital when I have been able to contribute to the care of patients whose mother tongue was either German or Russian. In fact, I am on the lookout for them.
Recently, with my ability in German lagging somewhat from lack of use, I have been practicing online with a special focus on German for medical purposes. I hope to be selected for your competitive DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University because of my intense passion for patient care and advocacy coupled to my potential for contributing to the diversity and multilingual character of medical care in South Florida, one of the most international areas of America.
I thrive on diversity, especially variety among patient populations and I place a high priority on communication with the patient, anesthesiologist, surgeon and whoever else is involved in the patient’s care. I am sensitive to the way in which patients undergoing anesthesia are at the most vulnerable moments of their lives and depend on the CRNA to be their advocate. By earning my DNP at XXXX University, I hope to become a member of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, founded by Dr. XXXX, one of my foremost inspirations and hopefully be selected for participation in workshops across the country in Diversity CRNA Information Sessions & Airway Simulation Labs. Nothing excites me more than the prospect of mentoring minority nursing students in their preparation for graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia.
I am very hard working, disciplined and highly motivated. Working in a Level I Trauma ICU has helped me learn to stay focused under pressure and during emergencies.
I am in constant need of learning, if I don't learn anything I feel very unproductive and not accomplished. I rejoice at the prospect of spending the balance of my professional life giving my all at a large hospital or outpatient clinic and mentoring registered nurses.
Every single shift at work brings a new challenge that turns into new knowledge or skill. Most importantly, I have learned the importance of appreciating how each patient is unique in terms of both challenges and limitations and the importance of utilizing those resources that do exist, particularly with respect to the patient’s family.
Volunteer service has long been part of my life and I currently volunteer regularly at the XXXX Care Center, where we provide care to women coping with an unplanned pregnancy, compassionate counseling regarding adoption, and alternatives to pregnancy terminations.
I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.