Probably the most unique aspect of my application to your distinguished and competitive program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX is the fact that I was diagnosed with a learning disability as a child; yet, I went on to graduate from nursing school with honors. I have managed to accomplish this because of my intense love for nursing, something that I see as flowing naturally from my compassionate nature. At 37, a perfect age for reinvention, I would like to first give my all to your program; once I have completed it and I am a certified professional, CRNA, I want to put my degree to work traveling and seeing the world, devoting as much time as possible to the underserved. In particular, I have my sights set on India and I am already investigating possibilities for participation in medical missions to that very special place in great need of nursing care.
I fell in love with ICU as soon as I started working there as I thrive on responsibility. Beginning in the ICU at XXXX Hospital in XXXX, La, in 2012. I moved from there to an even bigger ICU in 2013 at XXXX Hospital where I continue to work in a 23 bed SICU. I also enjoy the diversity that I encounter by getting floated from time to time to other ICUs. Completing your program will enable me to achieve my highest dreams, additional responsibility, and the satisfaction of knowing that I am giving the very best that I can become to my patients as a CRNA. Earning my BSN with honors from XXXX University in May of 2009 (Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Theta Tau) was a crowning achievement. I am a very hard worker and a non-traditional applicant because I have had to struggle since elementary school with a learning disability that I did not really overcome until my first years of college, and only as the result of an enormous amount of hard work.
I see my maturity as an asset, the wisdom that I have gained as a result of personal as well as professional experiences fills me with the conviction that I can now be successful at doing what I most love, the challenge of making room in one’s life to attend to the underserved. Nothing excites me as much as the idea of using what I will learn in your distinguished program at UXXXX by participating in medical missions to disaster areas or regions that are so poor that people have little to no access to routine surgeries. This is where I hope to make my own most important mark in years to come, as a missionary nurse, because this is what most fulfills me.
I feel most at home in the academic world and I would love to also teach nursing at some point in my career, perhaps abroad. In fact, I miss the school environment and I especially love to talk with new nurses just starting out. In this way, I could help make their paths smoother; helping them to avoid some of the pitfalls that I encountered along the way to becoming the very best nursing professional possible. In addition to anesthesia, I want to focus my career efforts on education and I hope to participate in research in this area. Nevertheless, what I love the very most about nursing is the personal care I am able to give to my patients in the ICU, spending time with them and their families. I am so blessed that God has chosen this path for me and I am able to make a positive difference in so many lives on a day-to-day-basis.
Thank you for considering my application to your competitive program.