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DNP Nurse Anesthesia, CRNA Neurosurgical ICU, California Health Fairs

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Ever since I was little I always wanted to have a career in healthcare; but I was not sure whether it would be in nursing, as a medical doctor, or in physical therapy. I immigrated to the US when I was 14, speaking very little English so I had a lot of work to do adjusting to my new environment. My parents did not work in healthcare and I did not have any relatives or friends in the US who could guide me in choosing a career. When we were in high school, my brother fell ill; his appendix ruptured and he nearly died. In the pre-op room, I noticed a CRNA talking to him, hooking him up to a monitor, reassuring my family and taking him to the operating room. I was enamored by how confident the CRNA was and I told myself that someday I wanted to be just like her. Years later when I was in nursing school, I had the opportunity to observe a C-section. I met a few CRNAs in the OR and asked few questions about their work. They sounded very passionate when they talked about their responsibilities and seemed to really enjoy what they do for a living. I became certain that I want to become a CRNA. My path to nursing was not an easy one. My parents got divorced and we had a lot of financial challenges. I ended up having to work two jobs throughout nursing school. But, I got a job in the hospital after graduation and gained experience in ICU and became certified in critical care.

Volunteering extensively for health fairs here in California, helping out with organization, set up, providing health screenings, checking vitals and educating local residents about the importance of a healthy lifestyle were extremely rewarding and enjoyable. This experience not only required strong leadership skills but also instilled compassion by practicing advocacy for the community. I believe good leadership and compassion are vital foundations to become a strong, competent CRNA. When I was shadowing one CRNA, Jennifer, I witnessed a lot of leadership skills being utilized in the OR - from induction to the process of extubation. I was especially impressed by her ability to take charge and to put people to sleep, take away their pain, and wake them up effortlessly. I saw how Jennifer handled the OR with full charisma, how the surgeon completely trusted her and waited until she was ready before beginning the operation.

As an active member of a unit-based team representative (UBT) for the ICU, I appreciate working together on unit improvement projects to provide safe, high quality care for our patients. We constantly nurture a spirit of consensus concerning how to keep our patients’ environment safe. One way to maintain patient safety is through conducting regular surveys on nurses and physicians about safety such as reducing infection rate and other safety measures for the unit. Becoming a CRNA has always been my central professional goal; exhilarating, requiring constant focus which is centered on patient safety and comfort. The second time I shadowed a CRNA, Anna, the patient who got extubated suddenly went into bronchospasm. Anna was so quick to react that the patient did not have to get reintubated. She was constantly focused and knew what steps needed to be taken. I am particularly grateful to have gained experience in a level-one trauma, Neurosurgical ICU, managing multiple drips and operating the medical equipment, providing care for the sick and their families.

XXXX University is my first choice because I believe in their mission, to develop students to their full potential and as members of the world community. Becoming a CRNA has always been my career goal and I keenly look forward to further developing my critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and creative problem solving skills as a DNP student in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.

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