Immigrant from Kenya, DNP Nurse Anesthesia, Critical Care Nurse

Updated: Nov 17


Becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist has been my central professional goal for years, almost since I began my career in nursing. My vision of myself as a CRNA professional began in nursing school when we completed a research project on different specialties in advanced practice nursing. From that point on, I focused my professional vision on becoming a CRNA, with lifelong education and 100% devotion to nursing. Over and above my classes, I began reading broadly about many issues pertaining to becoming a CRNA; and not just any CRNA, but one distinguished for their excellence.


The obstacles that I have faced along the way have made me stronger, and increasingly determined to give my all to nursing and excel; meeting the rigorous requirements for my chosen career. A very hard worker who excels at working independently, now (age), I emigrated to the USA at the age of 20 from Kenya, primarily so as to be able to afford advanced educational opportunities. I put myself through nursing school without taking out any school loans and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I worked my way through my undergraduate nursing program as a Nurse Assistant, caring for the elderly in their homes at night and on weekends, paying all of my own living expenses and tuition without having to take out any student loans. Being raised by a single mother in a developing country taught me the value of hard work and independence.


I have been a nurse since 2011 and for the last five years I have worked in an ICU at a level one trauma center. I have learned how to respond quickly and appropriately to a broad variety of emergencies and other situations that tend to arise in critical care nursing and I always do my best to be prepared for anything that might arise. A good problem solver, especially over the course of the last two years, I have had the opportunity to fill in as charge nurse, addressing issues, challenges, tensions involving doctors, nurses, patients, and family members. Especially knowledgeable in the area of post-operative cardiothoracic recovery, I have learned the importance of paying constant attention to detail since the patients that I care for are in very delicate condition and any oversight at all could rapidly turn into a life or death issue. Over the course of the last 5 years spent as a bedside nurse, I have cultivated my critical care skills and my efforts have gradually been recognized. I have been accorded privileges of service such as chairing committees on the prevention of infections, increased mobility for patients, and other topics. I have also shadowed several CRNAs for different periods of time. Still very frugal, my family and I have saved sufficiently so that I will have no problem with the financial commitment of attending your distinguished DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX’s University.


It was a special privilege for me to shadow Karen XXXX, a nurse in my hospital who has been a CRNA for 25 years, and is, therefore, extremely knowledgeable. I was especially enthralled as she explained to me how to administer anesthesia based on age, her initial assessments of patients, preparing for intubations, etc. I am applying only to my first choice, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, because of its rigor, excellent reputation, and because my family and friends live in Minnesota. By studying at XXXXs, I will have the full support of my extended family and social network which will enable me to excel and attend to my studies as the first priority, right alongside caring for my patients. I appreciate very much the small class size at SMUMN, the low attrition rate, and practicum opportunities in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.


I thank you for considering my application.


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