As a teenager, I volunteered at the local community health center. I was involved in helping nurses to provide health and hygiene education programs to members of poor rural communities. I saw that the nurses were making a difference rather than merely making a living, and I decided that UNICEF wanted to do the same.
I trained as a midwife and nurse in Pakistan, however, opportunities there were very limited, and my career became stalled in its later stages until I came to the US. I have thrived in the demanding environment here, and since qualifying to practice in the US, I have worked in a CCU and currently work as an ICU nurse. I am privileged to have been entrusted to hold a position requiring very high levels of practical skills, familiarity with complex equipment, excellent communication skills, and the confidence to exercise leadership and autonomy when necessary. I confidently handle the challenges in treating critically ill patients who require vigilant monitoring. I work calmly in the stressful conditions that frequently occur in my current role and apply my strong communication skills in working in a multidisciplinary team and dealing with patients and their families. I am used to working with post-surgical hemodynamic, unstable patients and those with respiratory problems on ventilation and cardiac and neurosurgical patients.
I have carefully considered my ‘next step’ in nursing. I have concluded that the CRNA role is an ideal ‘fit.’ My work has given me many opportunities to work with Nurse Anesthetists. I have become familiar with their work and have been very impressed by the breadth of knowledge and skills they demonstrate. I was allowed to ‘shadow’ Nurse Anesthetists, and this experience firmly confirmed my goal. The more I learned, the more attracted I became to the specialty because of the significant academic and professional challenges involved and the role's autonomy. I would not make this application if I were not confident that I have the potential to become a highly effective Nurse Anesthetist.
My goals are; to qualify, gain considerable experience and ultimately undertake advanced studies, research, and teaching in the specialty. I was employed as a Nurse Instructor in Pakistan and love teaching. I achieved a pass rate of 90% among my students and was awarded a prestigious prize in recognition of my ability to pass on my knowledge, skills, and passion for nursing and to encourage students to recognize and achieve their potential. Teaching provided a unique level of satisfaction which I hope to find in my future work in the specialty. Education also developed beneficial and transferrable skills such as planning, effective time management, clarity in communication, autonomous decision making, and gaining the confidence and cooperation of others to reach common goals.
I have happily studied, worked, and socialized with people of many ethnic and social backgrounds and have enjoyed doing so. I enjoy sharing knowledge of my own culture and learning about others. I get on quickly with others and am blessed with a good sense of humor. I undertake volunteer work with the Ismaili community in the US, helping to educate them on maintaining good health through exercise and diet. I regard volunteer activity as a matter of obligation rather than mere choice and propose to sacrifice time for others throughout my future life.
I am particularly interested in pain management during labor and delivery. As a midwife in Pakistan, I became aware of a cultural reluctance to seek pain relief, especially among the poorer women. I hope to assist in changing attitudes by educating midwives and mothers in south Asian countries on the benefits and safety of modern pain management techniques and medications. I would be interested in assisting in research o this subject or one related to it if the opportunity should arise within the program.
I am interested in your program specifically because I have met graduates and current students who have recommended it for its challenging but supportive academic environment, the quality of the faculty, and the record of success of its graduates. I am confident that I have the skills, knowledge, and academic and personal potential to ‘add value to the program. I am determined to excel rather than merely succeed; I promise highly enthusiastic and committed participation in the program if selected to join.
Thank you for considering my application.