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Diversity DNP CRNA, African-American Nurse Anesthetist Personal Statement

Updated: 5 days ago


I hope to be accepted to your distinguished DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University at XXXX Texas. Your program is my first choice for various reasons, including your large class size and convenient location. I also appreciate that your Pass rate on the CRNA certification exams exceeds the national average. Now 35, I spent more than a decade in the US military, where I first became the equivalent of a nurse’s assistant due to training at the US Naval Hospital in Waukegan, IL. I went on to earn an associate's degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Physical Therapy. I then spent the remaining eight years of my Navy career serving as a PT Assistant, including three years in Naples, Italy, deploying to Kuwait, and an extended visit to Haiti aboard the USS Comfort after the earthquake of 2009.


While I am keenly looking forward to learning everything I can from all of my professors at XXXX, studying under Dr. XXXX will be a special joy since he is a Retired USAF LT. Colonel. I also admire how your program introduces students to senators to discuss patient safety, access to healthcare, and other issues. Finally, I very much appreciate the efforts made by XXXX to help Haiti with Medical relief following the earthquake of 2009.


After the military, my first civilian job was in tissue procurement from donors. I was responsible for coordinating the team, reviewing patient charts, maintaining a sterile environment, and packaging and transporting sensitive grafts to our facility to disseminate across the country and overseas. Etc. As a registered critical care nurse in our ICU for the past 1.5 years, I have learned a great deal about chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening illnesses, surgical procedures, delivery of medication drips, and monitoring patients with invasive lines. My patients are on life support due to respiratory or cardiac failure. I have learned to manage my emotions and stay calm amid the storm.


I take great pride and find great joy in the ranks of America’s CRNAs, which include more people of color, men and women, each year. A socially conscious and widely-read African-American woman, I enjoy immensely the vast diversity of the health care community in the United States and take every opportunity to collaborate with efforts to make the medical profession global, learning about medical challenges worldwide, mission activity, and especially opportunities for missionary activity as a CRNA. At the same time that I give my life to nursing practice and full-time patient care, I look forward to decades to come continuing to distinguish myself as a volunteer in the community, assuming leadership capacities in the service of the underserved.


Thank you for considering my application to the DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.



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