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Nurse Anesthesia, CRNA Program, Arab Woman from the UAE

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Since I finished high school in the UAE in computer programming and IT, it has been my goal to become first a nurse and then a CRNA. Shortly after graduation, I immigrated to the US, in January of 2003. The only people that I knew in the US when I came here were my grandmother and uncle who were living in Fresno, CA, which is where I began my new life. I graduated from XXU as a nurse and now have roots, a network of friends and colleagues. This is why XXXX University, the finest CRNA program in the area, is my first choice.

Shortly after I arrived in the USA, my grandmother became critically ill. While she survived, I almost lost her then. I spent most of my time at the local community hospital for several months and I remember well how every time I took her to the hospital I thought that this might be the end. She required many surgeries and throughout her long hospital stay, I had the opportunity to speak at length with several nurses including CRNAs. Their support, emotional and moral, was of critical importance to me as well as my grandmother. I got to know people of extremely high quality who I quickly came to see as my heroes; and this is why I became a nurse, inspired by their example.

To become a registered nurse, I had to overcome many challenges such as perfecting my English, paying for my tuition on top of living expenses, and managing my grandmother’s finances and medical bills as well. After I finished my nursing prerequisite classes with a 4.0 GPA, I was accepted to XXU Fresno’s nursing program. My grandmother was very happy that I was about to become a nurse and she always joked that I will be her very own private RN and I could go with her wherever she wanted to go; but, unfortunately, during my 1st semester of the program she had a heart attack and passed away within a few days. When she was saying her last words she asked me to promise her to not settle with becoming an RN and to pursue my dream to become a CRNA. She also asked me to promise to take care of every single patient just the same way that the community regional medical center nurses and anesthesia staff took care of her.

It is because of that promise that I was awarded the 2013 Nurse Hero of the Year in Central California for helping an undocumented farmworker to pay for the spinal surgery that saved him from becoming paralyzed, and it is my goal to continue helping the poor once I become a CRNA. Besides speaking Farsi and Arabic I have been working very hard at my Spanish, for several years now, because I see this as the language of the underserved in my area.

Both my short and long term goal is to continue to do this for the rest of my life, here in America as well as on medical missions in support of surgeons abroad, for as long as I can: giving my all to my patients to save their lives and to make them as comfortable as possible. I like to think of myself as a ‘global’ nurse as I love to travel and I dream of serving on medical missions all over the world as a CRNA in support of surgeons wherever they are most needed as a result of wars, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc. So far I have been on many medical missions serving in countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and more recently Costa Rica and Nicaragua, serving the poor and working on my Spanish, and, learning as much as I can about public health structures in each country that I visited.

I have extensive experience working in both Levels I Trauma Emergency and Trauma ICU settings which makes me a well-rounded nurse. Since the hospital, I work at is one of the largest trauma centers in California, I have had extensive exposure to an extremely broad variety of very sick people which helped me gain valuable experience in Trauma/Cardiac resuscitations, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, and management in unstable patients; fluid resuscitation; massive blood products transfusions; vasoactive drug preparation and administration; mechanical ventilation; neurological trauma requiring vasoactive drips, osmotherapy, and ICP monitoring; setup and managing chest tubes; wound care, and experience performing over 100 conscious sedation procedures on Trauma patients. By working in both Emergency and ICU settings, I have learned to function independently with high competence. I have developed the ability to work well under pressure with great focus and attention to detail, participate in dynamic interventions when patients decompensate acutely, and actively participate in the provision of excellent, safe patient care with the utilization of a multidisciplinary care team model. I strive to anticipate what is going to happen, not merely react to what is currently happening, hence staying ahead of events that may ultimately put my patient at peril. I strongly believe that my experience in my hospital, in particular, which will enable me to excel in your program.

Fresno has always been great to me and I have a special love for Central Valley, in general, my goal is to stay local and serve as many people as I can here in my community. My ultimate goal is to get my doctoral degree and become an advanced practice nurse professor/instructor and teach nursing at a university here in California, preferably in Anesthesia.

Throughout my nursing career so far I have worked at the very same hospital that took care of my grandmother, and last year I was promoted to nurse management and education. Besides my experience working in the Trauma ED and TICU, I am currently working on obtaining my CCRN license and preparing to enroll in a biochemistry class, which I see as especially critical preparation for what lies ahead.

I thank you for consideration of my application to your program in Nurse Anesthesia.

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