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CRNA School Personal Statement, Korean-American, Husband, Father, Speaks Korean

Updated: Aug 15


XXXX University is my first choice among DNP programs in Nurse Anesthesia because I am attracted to the fact that it is new, beginning only in 2012. I appreciate the small class size and most admirable student-to-faculty ratio that maximizes possibilities for interaction and learning. I recently visited your program and appreciated its openness, enjoying enormously the opportunity that I had to converse with current students and faculty alike.


A very hard-working nurse and a devoted husband and father, I live close by XXXX University. I have 3 three children ages 6, 4, and 2 years and spending time with them and taking the family on short trips or excursion is my principal joy, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Outside of an occasional golf game, I give everything else to nursing.


Born in Philadelphia, PA, my family moved back to our native Korea when I was five and did not return to the USA until I was 14. I am pleased that I had the opportunity to spend nine formative years being educated in the land of my birth. This resulted in my becoming a thoroughly multicultural and multilingual Korean-American. I feel this helps me relate exceptionally well with my Korean patients as a nurse. I look forward to being of particular service to underserved Koreans in California in the future, particularly recent immigrants to the US and those that live in poverty with little to no access to medical care. I am also making rapid progress in learning Spanish, especially those words and phrases that are most relevant for nursing. A dedicated, hard-working, and highly accomplished nurse with many years of experience, I expect to excel as a graduate student earning my doctoral degree in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.


I searched for CRNAs with my last name, XXXX, one of the top 5 most common last names for Koreans, and found no one with my name registered with the California Board of Nursing. There are not many Korean or Korean-American CRNAs in America, and I hope to contribute to our profession as a fully bilingual and bicultural professional who will be well-positioned at some point in my career when my children are older to contribute to nursing anesthesia training and the advancement of education and training in our area in Korea as well as America.


After I earn my Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and acquire experience in my profession, then I will have the free time to turn my attention to working with Korean associations in California that help to provide medical services to those among us who have the greatest need and to spend increasing amounts of my professional time speaking Korean in addition to English. I look forward to serving as a role model for younger Koreans, especially in California, to follow.


It will be a great honor for me in the future to be shadowed by Korean and Korean-American students of nursing, taking them under my wing and sharing some of my memorable experiences as a CRNA. I look forward to a dual emphasis in the future as a CRNA with an uncompromising focus on patient safety that is complemented by my passion for holistic care. My ideal position would be working with a renowned teaching/university hospital. I want to teach at some point in a Nurse Anesthesia program, at some point in my career, in Korea, if not in America – nurturing and encouraging, inspiring new generations of Koreans in Nurse Anesthesia.


When the subject of the CRNA comes up in conversation, how much money they make is often one of the first things that tend to be mentioned; for me, however, I seek noble work first and foremost, professional advancement in the service of the community. Becoming the very best one can become in their field is the principal compensation. I have observed numerous CRNAs and shadowed a few. I feel strongly that I have the right temperament to excel as a CRNA. I believe that part is essential: distinguishing myself as a patient and highly organized nurse with a keen feel for the art of prioritization.


Detail-oriented, highly accountable, and always calm, especially in emergencies. I am a team player who will always be humble, as it is my nature, always open to and appreciative of criticism.


Thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.


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