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Military Nursing, CRNA, Korean-American, Captain in the US Army

Updated: Jun 16

I feel that one of the most significant benefits of being a professional nurse is the gratification that comes from easing the suffering of others. I have focused on anesthesia because I want to devote the balance of my professional life to this cause. I am a US Army Captain, and serving my country is my priority. I began serving as an Army Nurse, BAMC, in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, in 2007 and remained for three years until relocating to Hawaii, where I currently serve as a Clinical Staff Nurse, PACU, Army Nurse TMC.

At 52, I am very much a Non-traditional applicant. Nevertheless, even though I got started later in life, having a thorough understanding of the nursing profession will enable and inspire me to make significant contributions to group discussions, fostering inclusiveness in group discussions of age-related issues in health. By combining this dream with my enormous respect for the US Military, I decided to apply to your program, my first choice for further study.

I earned my undergraduate degree in Nursing from XXXX University School of Nursing in 2006 and then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Chemistry with an emphasis on biochemistry from XXXX University, graduating in 2001 with a 3.8 GPA. Many qualities go into making a successful nurse. I feel that I have at least most of them and I am a very caring and compassionate person with an intense and omnipresent desire to help others. It seems most natural for me to feel and show empathy toward a patient and the patient’s family, showing compassion for those in pain, both physical and emotional. I have a positive, caring nature and desire to provide for those in need. I feel that one of the most significant benefits of being a professional nurse is the gratification that comes from easing the suffering of others. I hope that my extensive education, combined with my professional experiences, will be deemed worthy, and I will be allowed to fulfill my dream of becoming a CRNA.

My entire family immigrated to America from Korea in 1988. The first job I found was at a dry cleaner called the Iron Door Company, working as a helper. Since my youth, I have had heavy family responsibilities, first, caring for my two younger brothers and sister and then later having my own family. In 2000, my father became terminally ill with cancer and could not manage the family business. He needed constant care, and it was up to me to provide it. I kept the entire family going, even after my father’s death, even to the point of my own emotional and physical depletion. After he died, I was able to accept a position as a research technician at the Biochemistry and Bio Physics Department at Washington University Medical School.

I crave the intense professionalism of the Army’s CRNA program. I am incredibly excited about the possibility of building further career advancement through the performance of the specialized duties needed to care for critically ill or wounded patients requiring general or regional anesthesia: respiratory care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and fluid therapy, as well as general skills in surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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