As a teenager, I worked as a volunteer in the local community health center. I was involved in helping nurses to provide health and hygiene educational programs to members of poor rural communities. I could see that the nurses were ‘making a difference’ rather than merely ‘making a living’ and I decided that I 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 that arise in treating critically ill patients who require vigilant monitoring. I work calmly in the stressful conditions that occur frequently in my current role and apply my strong communication skills in working in a multidisciplinary team and in 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 and have concluded that the CRNA role is an ideal ‘fit’. My work has given me many opportunities to work with Nurse Anesthetists and I have become familiar with their work and have been very impressed by the breadth of knowledge and skills they demonstrate. I was given the opportunity to ‘shadow’ Nurse Anesthestists and this experience firmly confirmed me in 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 autonomy that the role offers. 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, to gain considerable experience and, ultimately to 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 for doing so. The prize was in recognition of my ability to pass on my knowledge, skills and passion for nursing and in encouraging students to recognize and achieve their personal potential. Teaching provided a unique level of satisfaction which I hope to find in my future work in the specialty. Teaching also developed highly useful and transferrable skills such as planning, effective time management, clarity in communication, autonomous decision making and in 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 easily with others and am blessed with a good sense of humour. I undertake volunteer work with the Ismaili community in the US, helping to educate them in the maintenance of good health through e.g. 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 the matter of 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, and it is my hope to assist in changing attitudes by the educating midwives and mothers in south Asian countries in the benefits and safety of modern pain management techniques and medications. I would be interested in assisting in research in 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 to merely succeed and I promise highly enthusiastic and committed participation in the program if selected to join it.
Thank you for considering my application.