Born and raised in XXXX, Michigan, I still live here because I am a ‘homegirl.’ Michigan is very much part of my identity, and for years now, I have watched with horror the decline of our flagship city, Detroit. Thus, I am incredibly proud that the University of XXXX is one of the most exemplary Nurse Anesthesia programs in the country, with people seeking to move to Detroit to have the profound privilege of attending your program. I see XXXX as an oasis in the middle of a storm, a source of hope for the underserved who often find themselves locked out in the cold without access to medical care. Thus, XXXX is my first choice among Programs in Nurse Anesthesia.
Staying fit is also a big part of my positive identity development. For some time now, I have been volunteering at a fitness camp as a personal trainer, helping others achieve their goal of a healthy lifestyle. I have worked as a nurse for the past ten years and have eight years of experience in emergency and acute care settings. I served in a 32-bed ER that sees 50,000 patients a year. Since July 2016, I have worked in our critical care environment in a busy 30-bed unit, mostly floating between our neuro-intensive care NICU and cardiovascular care CICU units.
Many, if not most, of my patients are recovering from open-heart surgery. Floating between all three units – General ICU, Cardio, and Neuro has dramatically enhanced the scope of my critical care experience, providing me with an advanced understanding of many acute health challenges. One of the CRNAs I have shadowed at my hospital graduated from XXXX and had nothing but glowing praise for your program every time the subject came up. One of the cardiothoracic surgeons I support regularly is a friend of XXXX, the director of your program at XXXX, and he also lauds your Nurse Anesthesia Program. I want to help people in my home state. Thus, for me, XXXX is the ideal choice so that I learn about specific challenges and opportunities of service here in Michigan as a state-wide community. This is especially relevant as state resources become increasingly crucial without federal support for health care. I want to learn about the healthcare challenges our residents face in the part of our state in greatest need: Detroit.
I have always dreamed of becoming a CRNA and even wrote a paper on the profession as a senior in high school; 16 years later, I still have the dream. My inspiration closest to home was my aunt, who rose through the ranks as a nurse to the position of Director of a nursing facility. On my 18th birthday, when she was 36, she died. It was ruled as unexpected cardiac death. I also seek to make her proud. I have now closely observed CRNAs in various emergency and intensive care settings. I admire three things in particular: their compassion, vigilance, and how they so naturally and nobly serve as an advocate for the patient. I am a detail-oriented perfectionist – I see Nurse Anesthesia as my natural calling. I enjoy caring for one patient at a time, focusing on providing the best holistic care possible for the patient. I am also attracted to the autonomy of being an advanced practice nurse.
I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.
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