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CRNA School Program Personal Statement, Russian Immigrant

Updated: May 11

I now feel that I have the necessary experience to excel in a Master’s Program and become a CRNA and I want to pursue my highest aspirations, my ideal: the Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University. A rugged individual both psychologically and physically, I thrive on pressure and feel most fulfilled by my contribution to emergency cases, especially when we are successful at saving a life that was hanging by a thread when the patient came to ICU. I see nursing anesthesia, in particular, as noble work in light of the enormous responsibility that is bestowed on the CRNA; and I find meeting this responsibility to the highest degree possible to be my greatest joy on a day-to-day basis.

Immigrating to America from Russia along with my family in 1991 while still a small child, I grew up like the child of any other recent immigrant family, a native speaker of both English and the primary language of their native land, in my case Russian. Now 26 years old, I have been working as an RN since August of 2012 and I have been serving in my current position in the ICU of XXXX University Midtown Hospital since October of 2013. The use of invasive monitoring equipment and vasoactive medication is now my second nature; yet I could not be more excited about a lifetime of improvement in these areas, making the invasive as palatable as possible.

After completing your program and becoming a CRNA, I see myself working in a broad variety of settings—both professional and volunteer—throughout a long lifetime dedicated to the cause of advancement in nursing anesthesia. When I envision my professional future for decades to come, I see a large trauma center; a place where I will have the opportunity to work very hard attending to some of the toughest cases in a busy ICU at the same time that I might have the opportunity to participate in research, especially in fields related to the research interests that I have developed so far, especially pharmacology, holistic nursing care, and managing stress in the CRNA profession.

I aspire at some point in my career to serve as a preceptor for incoming Master’s Degree students as I feel that it is important to have preceptors with the kind of vast professional experience that I intend to acquire in the years following my completion of your program. By teaching and guiding new graduate students in our field, I will refresh my own education and further hone my nursing skills every day; and have the opportunity to labor at the cutting edge of my field, living up to the highest of expectations that I have set for myself. The single most important factor in my own sense of self-worth and spiritual enrichment is the extent to which I will be able to tend to the underserved. Providing pro-bono services to those individuals who have little to no access to medical care stands at the very center of my aspirations for my professional future and I look forward to receiving guidance as a student in your program about options of service where we are needed most. Working at a large urban community hospital in Atlanta has exposed me to the burning issues of the day in nursing and I am ready to hit the ground running and excel in your distinguished program at XXXX University.

I thank you for considering my application to your competitive program at XXXU.

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