DNP CRNA, Woman Nurse from Pakistan


The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Degree Program at the University of Kansas is my first choice for graduate school because of its sheer excellence as well as its location. I especially admire the hands-on character of your focus with rapid introduction to OR instruction in only the second semester. I had a wonderful shadow experience at KUMC with a student SRNA, meeting and learning from several faculty members. I was enormously impressed by the way that Dr. Kerri Arndt personally answered all of my questions and Dr. Paul Hertel was gracious enough to give me extensive advice and guidance concerning KU’s most outstanding DNP Program. Finally, the program coordinator Miss. Kelli Highfill emailed me back in response to every question, not only promptly but also in detail.


I am financially prepared for this program and I have complete support of my family. I've been employed full time as a nurse for five years and my experience includes working in ICU, CVICU, and Kidney Transplants. As a woman from Pakistan, I bring a unique knowledge of other cultures with me. I pride myself on my compassion and caregiving nature. Multilingual and multicultural, I related well to patients from all walks of life. I also have a degree in information technology, helping me to excel at the technical aspects of nursing.


I come from a family that includes 4 siblings who are doctors, one brother and one sister are surgeons, one is a cardiologist, and another is an internist. With my late father’s help and his contacts, we were able to raise enough money to establish a ten-bed free hospital for the underserved in our hometown of Swabi, Pakistan. Last year my siblings began offering free general surgeries that people couldn't otherwise afford. I look forward to long visits to Pakistan to share in our family mission as a CRNA.


For the last three years, I’ve been preparing for graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia at KU. I gained critical care experience, finished my BSN and the prerequisite courses that were required for this program. I have been very inspired by working in CVICU alongside CRNAs and Anesthesiologists attending to open-heart surgeries,


My father passed away in 2010. We lost him to COPD, even though he had received top-notch care throughout his illness. This resulted in my learning a great deal about the struggle against COPD and since that time I have become especially engaged with initiatives to provide assistance to COPD patients who cannot afford adequate or consistent medical care. One of the pulmonologists at the hospital where I work is very passionate about COPD and involved in efforts to help on a community level to prevent this disease as well as bring comfort to those who suffer. He regularly sponsors free COPD clinics in Tulsa and hopes to find the support to start a permanent operation. I look forward to helping. I have also volunteered at our local, free, AIDS clinic.

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