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DNAP, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia, Military Sample, African-American

Updated: May 11

My pursuit of graduate study towards the DNAP Degree in Nurse Anesthesia is a result of both my passion for research and the time that I have spent in the United States Military. I love serving in the Armed Forces and I plan to return as a CRNA. Therefore, I hope to be accepted to a DNAP Program that is both rigorous and also incorporates a global focus that will help me to prepare for decades to come not only as a CRNA in the USA but also as a CRNA who seeks decades of service in support of surgeons on medical missions, especially to the underserved in the Developing World.

I chose Chemistry as the area in which to earn my first undergraduate degree. Young, idealistic, and excelling in my Science courses, I hoped to contribute to finding cures for deadly diseases. My efforts were encouraged by my earning a fellowship to study molecular-based diseases and receiving recognition and appreciation for my research efforts in this area. By the time that I earned my BS Degree in Chemistry in 2016, however, I was already focused on a Nursing career and I went on to earn my BS in Nursing two years later. While I hope to give my all to the practice of Nurse Anesthesia as a CRNA for the balance of my professional lifetime, I also feel called to stay engaged with research.

While my research interests thus far have been mostly at the intersection of Chemistry and Neuroscience, I am also very engaged with social issues and have volunteered extensively as a youth mentor for inner-city children. I completed a research project exploring the special challenges that so often prevent inner-city adolescents with learning disabilities from pursuing any form of higher education, despite the existence of several programs designed to help them through the process. I hope to stay engaged with this area even as a CRNA, exercising my leadership capacity in order to contribute to sustainable progress for my community as a whole.

Nowhere do I feel as comfortable and as excited to serve as I do in the ICU: titrating the drips to get my desired effect and troubleshooting my invasive lines. My military background shows in my focus, discipline and dedication. A nurse in our Neuro ICU since July of 2018, I have also shadowed several CRNAs in preparation for career advancement into this area of Nursing. After completing your program and returning to the military as a CRNA or serving in a military hospital, I will continue to refine my capacity to help the underserved and to prepare myself to give my all in this area in the future. An African-American woman who adores diversity, multiculturalism, and traveling overseas, I am grateful to the military for the privilege to serve for one year each in Mexico, Italy, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq, along with two years in Germany. I look forward to demonstrating that gratitude in the future.

Thank you for considering my application.

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