As a girl growing up with one Thai parent and one Vietnamese parent, mostly, I looked after my mentally challenged little brother. The care, love and attention I gave him came from my heart, and was a daily responsibility I took on without hesitation. He needed me, was relying on me, and I was there for him. Sadly, he passed away two years ago, and yet my love of extending compassionate care to others continues. To date, I have over a decade of professional nursing experiences, seven on which has been in ICU, and am an RN licensed in California and Florida, in addition to being a CCRN and CEN.
Developing myself further through XXXX’s graduate Anesthesiology program will pave my way to my goal of becoming a CRNA, a choice born of wanting a greater depth of knowledge of how anesthetic drugs work and their interactions and side effects within the body, and to be a more well rounded medical professional for the betterment of the community I serve. Moreover, I will be able to increase the scope of my career by going to developing nations, help the poor, the sick and the needy at all costs. Using my unique heritage, I will be able to reach out to the people of Thailand or Vietnam and communicate with them in their native languages, performing cleft lip repairs and or cornea transplants, for example, of which there is a distinct need in both countries. In addition to becoming a CRNA, I also hope to participate in major research projects between the differences of Eastern and Western cultures and medicines.
In the most practical terms, the US is still facing a major shortage of nurses and CRNAs. Simultaneously, the US healthcare system is facing a large influx of people representing a myriad range of ethnicities and cultures. Given my ability to communicate effectively with people of differing backgrounds, I will be aiding in the healthcare systems ability to serve our unique patients in ways that will make them feel comfortable and valued, as well as being a role model for other immigrant populations who want to contribute to society through Nursing.
Turning to XXXX University is a natural and logical choice, and my only choice for graduate education. XXXX U has come highly recommended by more than one CRNA I have worked with, one who has noted the school’s reputation and professional staff. From all I have seen, what makes XXXX stand out from the background noise of other schools is their unswerving interest in prospective students as opposed to other schools where one feels a certain level of distance.
This month marks the second time I will graduate with a BS in Nursing. I would like to take this opportunity to explain that I completed my BS in Nursing with a South Australian university whose satellite campus was in Hong Kong. When emigrating to the US, I found that my degree was not recognized, thus the need to re-enter school. Living up to my self-chosen motto for living, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I completed the four-year program in only two years, maintaining a near-perfect GPA. No greater tangible evidence could illustrate my patience, persistence and motivation better.
I anticipate an Anesthesia program that is challenging, and feel that my ICU experience will aid me tremendously in my academics. What many call the pressures of the job, I find exhilarating, and thrive in this environment, consistently demonstrating my ability to keep my mind focused and think on my feet.
Above all, there is nothing better, at the end of a day, to see a patient get better due to my help or treatment. To my mind, they are my patients for a reason. To their tomorrow and mine, I will give all that I am to the only profession that has or ever could bring me the greatest level of personal, spiritual and professional satisfaction.
Thank you for your time and consideration.