I look forward to decades to come giving my all to my hospital as a CRNA. My ideal location would be at a small or medium-sized hospital in a mostly rural area, as I enjoy very much the ‘home town’ feel of smaller hospitals, where one is very much made to feel a member of the community. I hope to earn the doctoral degree in Nurse Anesthesia, the terminal degree in my chosen field, and my first choice for doing so is XXXX University. I especially have my heart set on XXXX because of the sheer excellence of your program and its stellar reputation, as well as your location. Earning my DNP Degree at an especially distinguished institution such as XXXX will help me to realize my long-term goal of teaching Nurse Anesthesia perhaps in Russian or Ukrainian. I am also fluent in Polish.
I remember getting up at 4 am each day with my mom before coming to America and she often took me to her classes since she was in medical school where I listened part of the time and then did my own homework during lectures. After I went to my school, I would wander around the hospital where my mother was doing rotations, talking to patients on the floor. I remember days when my mom would cry because one of her patients died. She would be happy when a patient did well and was discharged, even as the odds were stacked against them. My mother will always be my most prominent role model driving me forward to excellence as a CRNA. My mother made many sacrifices to always put her patient first at all costs, and I intend to fully do the same, and honor my mother in this way. I left the Ukraine along with my family at the age of 10 and several years later we would settle permanently in Chicago, in the USA.
I hope to be selected for my appreciation of diversity and multilingualism in addition to my passion for Nurse Anesthesia. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to spend significant amounts of time in several European countries - Poland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, France – as well as the Middle East, particularly Egypt, all before coming to America. I came to the United States just in time to start high school and started volunteering almost as soon as I arrived, at one of Chicago’s west side hospitals, working in the shipping and receiving department. I had to swallow my disappointment that I could not serve in a clinical position as a result of my low level of ability in English at that time. I especially enjoyed the community fairs that we held for low-income single mothers and their children. We educated them about nutrition and provided healthy treats, as well as free routine tests and educational awareness about breast cancer. My English was much better when I finished high school than it was when I began and I was accepted to a paramedic program serving a large trauma center in a poor area with high crime rates. I adored the constant challenge.
I learned many valuable things as a paramedic that have served me well as a nurse and will continue to empower me to excellence as a CRNA, especially the central importance of teamwork and also connecting with patients. This position also enhanced my leadership ability and gave me a better understanding of a variety of professional roles or positions in healthcare settings. I learned as a paramedic that nothing is as beautiful or rewarding as helping to save a life. I understand the very serious nature of the role of the CRNA, helping families to deal as best they can with tragedy all-too-often resulting in profound loss. I seek to serve my patients to the fullest extent of my ability at all times, always compassionate and providing them with state-of-the-art care. I continued to work as a paramedic to put myself through nursing school, serving an inner city hospital in Chicago, working alongside a variety of medical professionals and staff, tirelessly laboring to stabilize and care for patients who had experienced car accidents, stabbings, gun shots, and other forms of trauma, giving my all as a team member helping to ease suffering and advance the healing process. After gaining extensive experience in trauma, I accepted a position as a cardiovascular nurse in a catheterization lab. We were a small team in a one room lab performing as many procedures as a bigger trauma center just miles away. I spent the better part of four years on call every night and weekend in case I was needed by my MI patients.
I am aware of the need for qualified nurse anesthetists in medically underserved areas and this is where I want to serve. I am concerned with the many ways that the financial, emotional, mental, and physical effects of illnesses can have a devastating impact on families and in turn the larger society. The CRNA comes into the lives of the patient and their families at one of the most difficult moments in life when the healing process is very high stakes and the level of stress can be very high, calling for the utmost compassion as well as efficiency.
I want to do what I can to contribute to a reduction of health disparities, often resulting in lower levels of care for members of America’s lower income individuals and groups. I want to have a share in making health care available to those who would not otherwise have access to it, increasingly, as my career progresses. I am most inspired by the suggestion of Eleanor Roosevelt that: “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.” I not only want to treat patients in the clinical setting for the rest of my hopefully long and highly fulfilling life, but I also want to give my all to research into diseases and their relationship to nursing care, especially with respect to the CRNA.
I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.