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MS Degree in Nurse Anesthesia, ICU, Trauma Nurse

Updated: Jun 15

Before beginning graduate school in nursing, I wanted to acquire adequate experience in my field; and I have now been working as a nurse full time for the past four-and-a-half years. My current position in ICU, since January of 2009, is my most challenging position to date; it is here that I have acquired the entire desire and determination to pursue nursing anesthesia at the graduate school level. I have become highly skilled in related areas such as invasive monitoring, arterial lines, triple lumen, double lumen catheters, Swan-Ganz catheters, and Intra aortic balloon pumps. I aspire to the role of becoming a CRNA because I crave both responsibility and autonomy. Most of all, I seek the profound joy of having the privilege of making the most significant improvement in patients´ lives by easing and often alleviating their pain and discomfort. My compassion and engagement are my most important professional strengths.

I feel strongly that I have what it takes to become a highly effective CRNA professional because I am a natural leader and highly motivated person who works well both under pressure and without supervision. I always struggle daily to give everything that I can to my patients to provide them with the very highest quality of care possible. I am very dedicated to my career as a nurse, and I seek fulfillment and constant enhancement of my skills through lifelong learning. I am especially attracted to your program at XU because I am such a firm believer in the importance of hands-on learning. I look forward to learning in a state-of-the-art setting through your collaboration with one of America's finest institutions, the XXXX Hospital, with the only accredited nurse anesthesia program in XXXX County, where I hope to have the privilege of performing a clinical internship.

My life was changed dramatically in an instant when I heard my first Code Blue. I stood at the bedside and punched epinephrine, then atropine: seeming chaos surrounding me, a patient in front of me with no pulse. As the bed rocked with each chest compression, my thoughts swirled into an organized dance, my heart pumping heavy and fast; the adrenaline pumping into my blood turned me into a critically important part of a life-saving machine. Since that day, I have found new epiphanies of dignity and fulfillment by practicing the art and science of saving lives. I am a compassionate woman who profoundly enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, always remaining calm, focused, and flexible in a crisis.

My clinical experience began in the high-risk family birthing center of XXXX Hospital and Medical Center. I found myself seeking out challenging patient assignments and craving the excitement of caring for seriously ill, antepartum, laboring, and postpartum patients. As part of the OB emergency response team, I worked side by side with CRNAs, helping with epidurals and cesarean sections. This experience led me to seek and attain a transfer to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and my dedication to a career as a CRNA was fortified even further. Throughout my career as a nurse, I have craved and actively pursued learning experiences and found my true calling in life so far by working as a trauma nurse. I feed on the rush of staying focused during emergencies and performing critical tasks. High acuity assignments have helped me continually enhance my organization and assessment skills.

The only comparable joy that I have experienced compared to the ICU is my volunteer work in the community to which I have long been dedicated. I thank you for considering my application to your program.

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