I became a nurse because I wanted to ‘make a difference’ rather than merely make a living and I have never regretted my decision. Now I seek to acquire the highest level of skill and knowledge of which I am capable in order to maximize my utility to patients and to fulfil my personal and professional potential. I have carefully considered in what specialty my goals might be best achieved and have concluded that the role of CRNA would be the ideal ‘fit’ for my purposes.
I have 3 and a half years of post-qualification experience in ER nursing. I have had significant exposure to patients who have become addicted to prescription opioid drugs and so became interested in this great and increasing problem which fired curiosity about pain relief generally. I have observed how effective ‘regional blocks’ can be in effective pain management and hope to play a part in managing pain through their use and other alternative therapies. One of my goals is to work with underserved communities either in the US, abroad or possibly both, with an NPO. My experience in an ER in a hospital serving a poor community has exposed me to many patient types, conditions and traumas including gun and knife wounds and patients who present with multiple conditions. This exposure has provided a very comprehensive foundation in nursing over a comparatively short period along with significant contact with CRNAs. Thus, I feel strongly that now is the optimal time for me to begin studying towards the DNP Degree in Nurse Anesthesia at my first choice, XXXX University.
I have sought to prepare myself for submitting this application by acquiring as much exposure to the specialty as possible. I have spent spare time participating in various networking events and have taken the opportunity to shadow a highly skilled and caring CRNA, Christine Englebrecht. I attended a Diversity CRNA event hosted by Dr. Lena Gold at Samuel Merritt University in June last. We had the opportunity to meet and network with SRNA’s, CRNA’s, CRNA program directors and other registered nurses interested in the specialty. We heard speakers, listened in on student and program director panels and were allowed ‘hands on’ time with anesthetic procedures. I particularly enjoyed learning about regional anesthetics and fiberoptic intubation and about fiberoptic intubation which is a skill in which I hope to develop expertise. I was also very interested to learn something about regional anesthetic techniques which allow for lesser use of general anesthetics and post-operative use of opioids and narcotics. Greatly attracted to a specialty in which advances in techniques and therapies are being made so rapidly and hope to play a part in research to achieve future advances. The prospect of being responsible for a comparatively small number of patients and to accompany patients through surgery to recovery is also very attractive to me.
It was necessary for me to work while studying for my nursing degree but I still was included on the Dean’s Honor List. I regard this as an indication of my determination and of my academic potential which I hope to fulfill within the program. I am aware of the importance of cultural awareness and sensitivity in healthcare provision generally but especially in a situation in which a comparatively lengthy relationship might arise. The daughter of immigrants from Pakistan. I have worked, studied with, treated and socialized with people of many different cultures and social backgrounds. I speak Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and am able to communicate at a basic level in Spanish and intend to extend this fluency as time permits.
I know that highly developed technical skill and advanced knowledge must be supplemented by empathy. While I regard myself as a naturally empathetic person, the recent loss of a dearly-loved four years old cousin following a car accident, has had the effect of increasing my appreciation of the feelings of patients and their loved ones and my sensitivity to them.
An experienced ER nurse; I have sought as much exposure to the CRNA role as possible; I firmly believe that I possess the academic potential and personal characteristics that will enable me to excel within the program and in a career beyond. I promise the reader that, if selected, I shall apply myself with exceptional enthusiasm and diligence to distinguishing myself in the earning of the DNP Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from XXXX University.
Thank you for considering my application.