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Master´s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia, Saudi Woman, Raised in Florida

Updated: May 8

I want very much to attend your program at XXU because of the personal attention afforded by your small classes, excellent lab facilities, world-class faculty, and extremely high quality and accessible resource centers. I also very much appreciate your hands on approach to learning and the way that all of this is reflected in the exceptionally high success rates of your graduates. Furthermore, I very much appreciate the fact that your program is situated in the School of Medicine which facilitates student acquisition of the enormously broad range of skills required for the state-of-the-art practice of general anesthetics. I am keenly excited about the prospects of full time immersion in such an advanced academic atmosphere dedicated to the entire spectrum of health care research.

I am a cosmopolitan young woman who was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Miami, Florida. After attaining my AS Degree in Nursing from XXXX Community College, I entered the field of nursing and have found great joy in the service of my patients. I returned to my studies last year at XXXX University and will be graduating with my Master´s Degree in Nursing next May, 2011. Moving to the US at only 7, I remember little of Saudi Arabia but I am fully fluent in Arabic and went to Dubai in 2006 where I had the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the enormous advancements being made in health care in the Arab World. I also went to Kingston Jamaica for a 2-week humanitarian mission with my church to help to improve the standard of living at several orphanages. I was deeply saddened by the deplorable living conditions and impoverished health care system that I observed during my visit to the island´s only trauma hospital. As I make progress in my career I pray that I will also have the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills with our world´s less fortunate members that are so desperately in need of our help. I can identify with the poor. I came to the states in 1989 with my parents and two brothers. We struggled for many years, all of us piled into a one bedroom apartment. My parents both worked very hard—16 hours a day. I am the first person in my family to have a college degree and I am striving to set an example for my younger brother so that he will also go to college and receive an education. I am smart and I am told that I have a great sense of humor. A tranquil easy going lady, I can also be assertive when the situation calls for it.

I am a very hard worker who is equally devoted to my nursing career and my studies simultaneously. I have become quite accustomed to long hours and wish very much to continue to study full time at the same time that I practice what I most love. I have dreamed of becoming a CRNA ever since transferring to the trauma unit in my hospital. I am most attracted to the excitement, high degree of autonomy, and professional respect that accompanies the work of the CRNA. I crave the sense of accomplishment and the opportunity that I would have to continue to use all of the skills and knowledge that I have been developing through my service in our Critical Care Unit. I see nurse anesthesia as the most rigorous, technical, and demanding of nursing careers and I feel strongly that I am up for the challenge and merit the trust that would be placed in me. I thrive on making accurate decisions at the spur of the moment, based on the information available at any given time, which may change at any moment. I fully appreciate the way in which nursing is both a science and an art dedicated to the quality of death as well as life.

My call to nursing comes about as a result of a deep, lifelong regard for the welfare of others. I see distress in someone’s face, and I want to lend a hand. I very much appreciate the need for preventive and holistic health care education that reinforces the successful adaptation and continued maintenance of the entire human being, mentally and physiologically, and the creative adaptation of each person to their unique environment. I am thrilled to be part of the rapid and profound advances being made in all aspects of health care. I seek to constantly learn all that I can about the role of the nurse in educating the public about health care resources and techniques, always emphasizing preventive medicine as paramount. I want to be the kind of professional that helps people to avoid health problems as well as helping them to overcome illness. 

Since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to become engaged in the health care professions. I started out on my journey in high school when I joined Health Occupation Students of America. This set me on a course of developing increasing insight concerning the depth and importance of being a health care professional. While my friends had jobs at the local creamery and at the mall, I was working at the nursing home as a nursing assistant. From there I went on to enter the field of nursing as quickly as possible. I chose to attend a community college with an exceptional nursing program which, at least at the time, ranked higher than some universities. I admit that I did not find nursing school easy at first, since the sciences were not my strong point in school, but with dedication, tutoring, and most of all a lot of hard work, I began to excel. And I graduated with the highest critical thinking score in my class.

I have always been determined to achieve my professional goals as a nurse because it is my form of service to my community. While in nursing school, there was only one hospital that I wanted to work at, Jackson Memorial Hospital, the most courageous hospital in south Florida. They accept cases that no other hospital in the state will accept, from all over south Florida and the Caribbean. It is there that army RNs and MDs train before deployment. I prepared myself for the interview. I was ready. I started out in OB/GYN ER. It was extremely fast-paced and exciting but, in time, I wanted more, and my petition to transfer to the ICU was granted. I was chosen from a field of 27 candidates. I went through the critical care internship and finished at the top of the class. And here I am to this day. Working in the trauma ICU is challenging. I find that it can be physically and mentally draining but the thought of saving a life or comforting a family in need makes it all worthwhile. I have always loved the excitement. I constantly struggle to become assigned to the sickest patients in the unit. I crave the rush. Here in the trauma ICU, I have become mesmerized with the work of the CRNA.

A patient in distress and the ICU team failed to intubate... Call anesthesia! They run up with the fiber optics intubation tray and within seconds the patient is back! I want that power and respect for myself. As a CRNA, I want to spend every day in OR, every day walking that fine line between life and death hanging in the balance. Shadowing an anesthesiologist in OR, finally, for the first time in my life, I truly felt at home. Calm in hectic situations and confident in my decision making, I was born to be a CRNA. My mom always told me to follow my heart and it will lead you to your destiny. This is my destiny.

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