Diversity CRNA, African-American Nurse Anesthetist Application Personal Statement

Updated: Jul 23

I hope to be accepted to your distinguished Master’s Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University at XXXX Texas. Your program is my first choice for a variety of reasons including your large class size and convenient location. I also very much appreciate the fact 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 as a result of training at the US Naval Hospital in Waukegan, IL. I went on to earn an Associates Degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Physical Therapy and then spent the remaining 8 years of my Navy career serving as a PT Assistant, including 3 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 that I can from all of my professors at XXXX, studying under XXXX will be a special joy since he is a Retired USAF LT. Colonel. I also very much admire the way that 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.

My first civilian job after the military was in the area of organ and tissue procurement from donors. I was responsible for coordinating the team, reviewing patient charts, maintaining a sterile environment, packaging and transporting sensitive grafts to our facility to disseminate across the country and overseas. etc. 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 illness, surgical procedures, delivery of medication drips, and monitoring patients with invasive lines. Many of my patients are on life support as a result of respiratory or cardiac failure. I have learned how to manage my emotions and stay calm in the midst of the storm.

I take great pride and find great joy in the fact that each year the ranks of America’s CRNAs include more people of color, men as well as women. 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.

I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.

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