DNP Nurse Anesthesia, born in a small village in India, raised in Africa

Updated: Jul 16


My family comes from a humble village in India and I was born and raised in Africa. I will always be conscious of my own humble origins, which motivates me to my utmost to contribute to helping the underserved, the poor, and members of marginalized or underprivileged communities. I hope to be accepted to your particularly distinguished DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University for a variety of reasons, including the sheer excellence of your program as well as its location which is convenient for me and my family.


I am aware how terribly competitive it is to gain acceptance to your program. I have hope, however, of being selected to contribute to the diversity of your program not only as an Indian woman, but someone who was born and raised in Zambia. I know poverty in-depth and up close, which leaves me most highly motivated to distinguish myself in the future in the cause of providing nursing care to the underserved in Africa, organizing and participating in medical missions to Africa, which I see as my first and foremost home.


After earning my BS in Biology in 2001, with my eye on nursing, I went on to enter a rigorous 13-month accelerated nursing program (BSN). Unfortunately, however, at this time I had to face up to and overcome my own health challenges since I became terribly ill with DKA (diabetic keto acidosis) I had never been diabetic and it appears to be the case that an infection had shot up my blood sugar. I passed out in my apartment and was not even found for 2-and-a-half days and I did not wake up for 8 days, finding myself in the ICU, where I remained for another 11 days with a full hospital stay of one month. The infection had resulted in Drop Foot and Tracheal Stenosis (TS) as complications. The TS required 7 surgeries from 2015 through July 2017, including a near-total reconstruction of my trachea. Throughout this period, the CRNAs that attended to me kept me pain free, and we talked a lot. I learned and absorbed everything that I could about Nurse Anesthesia, since at the time I already knew that this was my central goal. I also studied for my classes in the hospital bed.



Thanks to my medical care, I am now fully recovered and I have as much stamina as my colleagues, dealing every day with the stress of ICU nursing. I fell behind a semester in my studies but soon went back and finished my BSN Degree in August of 2016 and began working almost immediately in the ICU. I also have experience in ER nursing and trauma nursing will always be one of my principal professional interests as a nurse anesthesia professional. Nothing quite compares to ICU for me, however, and it remains the center of my intellectual as well as physical world.


My path to Nurse Anesthesia was not direct and immediate. I spent some time thinking about making a career change to nursing administration or healthcare administration, taking advantage of my facility with numbers, computer systems, and my leadership skills, and for this reason I also earned an MBA. I do not see this as wasted time at all, however, as I am convinced that earning the MBA has taught me a large variety of valuable skills that will also serve me well as a CRNA leader.


I helped in the diagnosis of my father, who was struck with spinal stenosis in 2017 which required nerve block injections. I was with him every step of the way and this enhanced my dedication to Nurse Anesthesia still further.


Earning the DNP Degree in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University will be the crowning achievement of my life so far, setting the stage for a long and productive career. I hope to someday teach Nurse Anesthesia as well as practice it, perhaps in Zambia, the land that I know best and the land which I feel needs me the most.


Increasingly, as my nursing career progresses, I plan to engage with and participate in mission trips to Africa, attending to the health needs - especially surgery - of some of the most vulnerable and impoverished people on the planet. I am convinced that this is where I shall find my greatest joy. It is as a volunteer that I feel most fulfilled as a human being. I teach at our temple and help organize and run youth camps and I volunteered extensively at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Conventions Center in the wake of hurricane Harvey. I play Indian classical music to unwind, always uplifting me for another day of nursing.


I thank you for your consideration of my application the DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.


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