CRNA, US Navy, Education, Volunteerism, Decorated Military Service

Updated: Jul 22

The seriousness with which I have approached my education, volunteerism, decorated military service and two decades of practical clinical experience is evidence of my desire to take my nursing career as far as I possibly can. Excelling in my nursing courses with Rush, earning a near-perfect GPA, was made possible through hard work, coupled with a solid foundation in mixed gas diving, a path that began in the US Navy where I served as an explosive ordinance diver. Indeed, my mixed gas background will aid me tremendously in understanding the physics and chemistry of anesthesia, the biomedical instrumentation/devices used to administer them and the more theoretical nurse anesthesia curriculum as well as clinically useful mathematics. In the most practical terms, years of experience in hospital situations and in diving have developed my ability to not panic under pressure, my confidence, and maturity.

My years of clinical experiences were especially diverse in terms of sophistication and practices, but were equally enjoyable and relevant to my development as a medical professional. I found that I was more flexible and adaptable to various set-ups having experienced the well equipped and those that were lacking, developing the ability to think on my feet. Throughout this time, I have accumulated multiple specialty certifications in the field: CCRN, CSC, ACLS instructor, PALS instructor and BLS. More importantly, I keep abreast of the latest evidence-based science for my field, increasing my theoretical understanding of what I am exposed to in practice.

Moreover, these past seven years in XXXX Hospital as a Surgical Technician and Agency RN in surgery and critical care settings have exposed me to CRNAs, and the meticulous work they perform with ease and confidence. Upon quizzing them mercilessly, and shadowing their work, I was intrigued by the goal-oriented approach and demanding training and working environment.

Moreover, the essence of the profession is where the greatest appeal lies, not just in terms of the clinical pharmacology, but the challenges in which a life hangs in the balance. I feel that I would get tremendous satisfaction from tipping the scales in the favor of the patient in these delicate situations, using my skills, education and passion for teamwork to save a life. Coupled with this is my desire to make my patients as comfortable as possible, if not completely bring about the cessation of pain. I love the intensity of the ICU working environment. What many call the pressures of the job, I find truly invigorating, the need for accuracy, speed and well-developed observational skills, all of which I solidified as a mixed gas diver, and later as a surgical nurse, work that required great discipline, and attention to detail.

For the future, I anticipate increasing my exposure in peri-operative anesthesia consultation work in general and regional anesthesia as a CRNA, focusing on general and regional anesthesia in the settings of pain management and critical care. Later, I envision completing a DNP program and teaching at a quality nursing school, serving others as I have been served, helping to fill the need in the nursing industry, developing, and encouraging burgeoning medical professionals, while simultaneously conducting research. Throughout my career, though, I am intent upon continuing to give back to the community, as I always have, through volunteerism. I feel that medical professionals have a responsibility to the community to be role models and leaders in healthy lifestyle choices, and joining in causes for the greater good.

Through an academic relationship with XXXX, I will be able to develop myself further, offering my energy and clinical acumen to the most unique autonomous, challenging and rewarding field within nursing. Your time and consideration is greatly appreciated.

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