I hope to be accepted to your especially distinguished and competitive Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of XXXX because I am attracted to the small class size and the high first time as well as overall pass rate for the National Certification Examination. I feel that I am a strong candidate and a good fit with your program because I am highly skilled in the care of critically ill patients and especially well trained and experienced in ventilator management, vasoactive drip administration/titration and invasive hemodynamic monitoring.
Highly adaptable in very dynamic, fast-paced environments, I am a critical thinker who is extremely motivated, with broad-based clinical experience to draw from, holding both CEN and CCRN certifications. I have had the pleasure to shadow two CRNAs for a total of nearly 50 hours. I routinely receive surgical patients in the CVICU and almost always they are accompanied by the CRNA, the anesthesia provider for the case. As a result, I have been intensely observing CRNAs in an informal fashion since I began in intensive care and I never cease to admire their great knowledge, skill and poise.
After completing your program and earning my licensure as a CRNA, my short term goal would be to work in a high volume, high acuity facility in order to hone and continue to broaden my skill set as a CRNA. In the long term, I see myself serving as a CRNA in a rural, underserved area, which will include offering my services pro bono for those in need of procedures but who are unable to pay for them. We are very fortunate where I live currently in Austin, Texas, in that we have the privilege of service to a huge underserved population, most of it migrant and undocumented.
My fondest moments are spent reflecting on my greatest triumphs in nursing and it will always be this way. One patient, in particular, brings me great joy to remember – he was with us for six months after a massive heart attack, transferred to us from a rural outlying facility. CPR was performed and he was taken to OR for bypass, after which he came up to our unit on a balloon pump (IABP).
The special thing about this patient was that the physicians didn't give him much of a chance; nevertheless, we like to think that his outstanding nursing care helped him to turn that corner. He had some cognitive disability due to the anoxic brain injury from the heart attack and as a result had difficulty with appropriate nutrition intake. This lack of intake resulted in his sternum incision taking an extended time to heal. All the while coordinating with occupational therapists, speech therapists and physical therapists, his nurses worked with him in order to get him to a point where he could go home. All of the staff in the unit knew him well and while caring for him could be challenging at times, it was quite amazing to see how far he had come. I was there the day he went home and it was quite moving to see him off after such a long stay with us.
I look forward in my future to being involved in new medication research. Dedicated to lifelong education and research, I plan to stay engaged with the academic community and would love to have the opportunity to teach at some point in my career as a Nurse Anesthesia professional. I admire organizations like Project Helping Hands and look forward to helping out non-profits in the area of nursing care for the underserved as long as I myself remain on my feet.
I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX.