I hope to be selected for the DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX (UNF). I graduated from UXX´s Accelerated Nursing Program 2.5 years ago, studying under and admiring many of the UXX professors. I am especially pleased that the current director of the School of Nursing has written me a letter of recommendation. I have already completed two of the five classes taken in the first semester of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at UXX and am taking a third. Originally from Africa and making the USA my permanent home, I am grateful to America and my community in Florida for the many opportunities that have been made available to me. I hope to give back to my society during the many years ahead that I look forward to practicing nursing in Jacksonville, Florida – primarily through my attention to the underserved members of my community voluntarily. I also look forward to supporting surgeons on medical missions, particularly following natural disasters.
In April 2016, I attended the Diversity CRNA Information Session and Airway Simulation Lab at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. John Bing, the president of Diversity in the Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship program (DNAMP), went into detail about the role of a nurse anesthetist. He gave us comprehensive information about the admission and interview process, rigors of the program, clinical expectations, didactic courses, balancing family and finances, etc. A mock interview highlighted what programs were looking for in potential candidates. In the simulation lab, I learned and practiced how to intubate a mannequin with a fiber-optic scope and insert epidurals and central lines. In the end, I was hooked.
I spent two unforgettable days shadowing Dr. XXXX (CRNA) at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and six most successful weeks following XXXX (CRNA) at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville. I adore every aspect: assessment, monitoring, and intervention as necessary to keep our patients as safe and comfortable as possible - always to maximize favorable outcomes. I am certified in three nursing specialties: critical care, emergency, and trauma nursing. As a critical care nurse for the past 2.5 years, I have managed patients with advanced disease processes primarily: hemodynamically unstable patients with multiple comorbidities, septic shock, respiratory distress syndrome, postcode patients requiring therapeutic hypothermia, respiratory failure patients requiring ECMO, volatile renal failure patients requiring CRRT, gunshot wounds that require massive blood transfusion, unstable post-op liver transplant patients, and patients recovering from high-risk surgeries leaving them ventilator ventilator-dependent, sedated, on vasoactive therapy with pulmonary artery catheters, intra-aortic balloon pumps, and impellers. I am most grateful for having sat in class alongside CRNA students for ¨Principles of Anesthesia I¨ with Dr. XXXX, Dr. XXXX’s lectures on diffusion and osmosis, Advanced Pathophysiology with Dr. XXXX, and Public Policy Implications and Health Informatics with XXXX.