Born and raised in Manila, the Philippines, I am a young man and a nurse who is three-quarters Filipino and one-quarter Chinese. One of four siblings, I grew up in a tiny, humble home in one of the most impoverished slums in Manila, far from the city lights. We were happy even though 15 people shared our house throughout my childhood. Despite losing my mother to America, I was blissfully unaware of any disadvantage of my social class. One day when I was six, I woke up to find my mother and all her things gone. She could not bear to say goodbye to me because she knew it would be long before she would see me again. A decade would pass before we would be reunited in Pasadena, California.
I came to the US when I was 16, so I am very conscious that I am a first-generation immigrant. I take great pride in our celebration of diversity here in South Central California. I am honored to be building a career in nurse anesthesia with a particular concentration on emergency care. The underserved often have no medical care until they have an emergency; this is why I take special pride in my goal of becoming a CRNA dedicated to a lifetime of service on the front lines of care for our enormous population of undocumented residents. I recently finished my BSN at XXXU in May 2013. I greatly treasure the opportunity to give my all to my studies when I am not on duty. I ask to be accepted to your program so I may return to doing what I most enjoy, studying to become the most effective nurse possible.
As with most Filipinos, I am very comfortable communicating in English. I do hope, however, that my fluency in Tagalog, both writing and speaking, will be helpful in my nursing career.
I want to study at XXXU’s XXXX Campus for many reasons, not the least of which is that I live and work in the area. I also appreciate that your program is new, and if I am accepted, I will be part of the third graduating class. I feel profound admiration for your curriculum's breadth and depth, and I particularly appreciate your emphasis on the importance of diversity in our nursing community.
Committed to lifelong learning, I keenly look forward to an extensive engagement with research in nursing anesthesia that I will most enjoy for many decades. I want to participate in research concerning better ways of applying anesthesia with fewer side effects and greater overall efficiency in all aspects of my field. My desire to become the finest CRNA possible is something that has been building up for several years, mainly as a result of several important role models that I have had along the way, such as Dr. XXXX, an anesthesiologist, and XXXX, a CRNA; working alongside both of them during my military service was a special privilege.
I have extensive experience as a respiratory therapist using various ventilators and their various modes. I also see my profound dedication to emergency nursing as one of the most vital aspects of my application to your distinguished program. I have already earned my CEN and am preparing to take my CCRN this year. I believe that it is essential that some CRNA aspirants develop extensive backgrounds in emergency care so that enough highly qualified CRNAs are always available in this especially critical area. In my current position, I deal with cardiac arrest and resuscitation almost daily; this has helped me learn to work well under stress.
I see your program at XXXU as the ideal location for my complete immersion in clinical anesthesia. I especially admire the structure of the second phase of your program and the organization of your clinical practicums. I particularly look forward to working under the supervision of CRNAs in my practicum and clinical rotations. I appreciate that those rotations are available throughout California so that I can gain exposure to anesthesia delivery in various contexts, from large academic institutions to rural and outpatient settings. I have served as a respiratory therapist since 2002, and I have also served as an anesthesia technician, working side-by-side with anesthesia providers, including CRNAs and anesthesiologists. Most of my duties were related to anesthesia delivery throughout the four years I was stationed at Naval Hospital XXXX. For me, this was the ultimate shadowing experience.
California needs exceptionally well-trained CRNAs, especially concerning emergency services — particularly here in the Central Valley, and I seek to respond to that need. I live and work here and want to continue to go to school here and practice here after completing your distinguished program. I hope at some point to teach as well as practice Nurse Anesthesia. I am also convinced that your Master’s Program will serve as an ideal platform for continuing my education at some point.
While my overall GPA for my BSN program was only 3.5, for my last three semesters, I earned a GPA of 3.9. This demonstrates how my already high level of motivation has been increasing. I am convinced that I could excel in your rigorous program.
I want to thank you for considering my application.