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 variety, I seek to make my mark as a great team player and a top-notch CRNA at intercultural, multilingual communication in the hospital. This is my understanding of the role of the CRNA, and I have shadowed two CRNA, both exemplary in 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 improved 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 researching and writing up results concerning how ethnic and linguistic diversity can or should contribute to the efficacy of the interdisciplinary teams in 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. As a nurse, I care for people born worldwide and have practiced multilingual and multicultural nursing for several years. I am more or less fluent in German and 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. 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 particular 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 and my potential to contribute to the diversity and multilingual character of medical care in South Florida, one of the most critical international areas of America.
I thrive on diversity, especially among patient populations, and I prioritize communication with the patient, anesthesiologist, surgeon, and whoever else is involved in the patient’s care. I am sensitive to how 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 main inspirations. Hopefully, I will 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 hardworking, disciplined, and highly motivated. Working in a Level I Trauma ICU has helped me learn to stay focused under pressure and during emergencies. I constantly need learning; if I don't learn anything, I feel 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 shift 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 regarding challenges, limitations, and resources, particularly with respect to the patient’s family.
Volunteer service has long been part of my life. I regularly volunteer 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.