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Nurse Anesthesia DNP Personal Statement

Updated: 7 days ago

For the past five years, I have been working in a long-term acute care hospital as a registered respiratory therapist (RT) and also working as a Registered Nurse for the past 4 years, including 1 year of adult medical intensive care experience (MICU) at the university of XXXX Medical Center. I use critical judgment and skills to provide quality care to patients and ensure that the patient plan of care represents a collaboration between physicians and other team members. As an experienced Respiratory therapist (RT), I perform respiratory assessment, monitor weaning parameter, wean patient off the ventilator, assist medical doctors with intubation, perform diagnostic tests and interpretations such as; Electrocardiograph, arterial blood gas, pulmonary function test, overnight sleep study, set up and administer non-invasive therapy such as, BIPAP and CPAP for patient with sleep apnea, participating in rapid response, and assisting with airway management.

As a critical care nurse, I am currently providing specialized care for adult patients with many different diagnoses including: multi system organ failure, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, influenza, sepsis, renal failure, GI bleed, pre/post bone marrow transplant, pre organ transplant (kidney/liver/lung), overdoses, and respiratory/cardiac arrest in the intensive care unit (ICU). I am also well trained in swan-gang catheters, ventilators, intubation, arterial lines, double and triple lumen catheters, telemetry, and Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certified.

My career goal is to acquire the highest level of scientific knowledge that I can, along with leadership skills, so as to be able to effectively advocate for my patients, engage in research, assessing evidence and evaluating the impact of that research on clinical practice contributing to improvements as necessary to enhance quality patient care.

I seek admission to the CRNA program in order to help alleviate suffering of pain during surgery and educate my patients about the importance of and challenges associate with anesthesia. I suffered severe pain during my first childbirth because I did not receive anesthesia. I still get a cold shiver down my spine when I re-visit the experience of my first childbirth. My delivery was difficult, writhing in agony for 13 hours. I had just arrived in the United States and did not understand the essence of receiving epidural. I refused the epidural when it was offered to me simply because I did not even know what it was, since epidurals are made available only to the wealthier classes of society in Africa and I was not aware of their miraculous contribution. Based on my childbirth experience, shortage of anesthetists, especially in rural areas and the high demand for CRNAs, I would like to make that difference by increasing my contribution to the alleviation of my patient’s pain and discomfort, break cultural barrier in the field of nurse anesthetist, and also fill the gap to remedy the shortage of anesthetist in rural or underprivilege areas. My future dream and aspiration are to provide volunteer service by going on medical mission in order to supports surgeons, especially in underserved areas.

XXXX University of Minnesota is my first choice because it has a proven track record first rate preparation of students in order to deliver safe anesthesia care. XXXX University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is well noted for its sheer excellence and accreditation as well as its passing rate of 94 percent in 2018, zero percent attrition rate, 100% employment rate in the last 10 years, the small class setting and the provision of clinical opportunities in over 27 hospitals, all of which I find most appealing.

My greatest strength as a human being and a nurse is my compassion, which will enable and empower me to go that extra mile for each one of my patients. The strengths that I believe will help me to succeed in graduate school will include setting realistic, measurable, and attainable goals for myself. I possess the qualities of inner motivation and a positive attitude, have quick learning ability with new material, leadership ability, flexibility, perform well under pressure/stress, and have excellent critical/clinical judgement skills. I must admit that enrolling in graduate school of nursing will have some challenges. For example, the challenge of being a mother, wife, working woman, and a student as well as balancing family, school and work etc. But these are realities that one must first learn to manage, as I have, before embarking on such journey. I have given these challenges a careful thought and I believe that I have an excellent time management plan to set in place for once I am accepted. I plan to work very hard and safe some money for the wellbeing of my family, if possible take loans to pay off my tuition, find a home nanny to help care for my kids, reduce work load, so as to create an adroit balance between school, work and family. In light of my background, training, and experience, it is my greatest aspiration to be considered into your distinguished DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and I look forward to hearing back from you.

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