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Medical Missions, the CRNA Statement, ICU

Updated: Jan 27

I am applying to your distinguished program because nothing satisfies me as much as seeing a smiling face before surgery; and the calm serenity of a confident patient following surgery. Still only 26 and with eight years of ICU nursing under my belt, my application to your competitive program is strengthened because I have served on three medical/surgical missions to the Caribbean. While I am only a beginner at learning Spanish, I am off to a perfect start. I am a universal citizen, and I strongly feel that we have a moral obligation to help suffering people outside our borders, as well as our citizens. I have my heart set on being a CRNA not just because I want the title but because I want the role. I want to be recognized for the rest of my life as the woman who is the master at taking away the pain.

My long-term goal is to continue practicing as a CRNA in hospitals or outpatient settings. Central to my destination in life is continuing my volunteer work in the Global South. In my case, I fully intend to continue building ties in the Dominican Republic that I will nurture for the rest of my life. On my first trip to the DR, I looked for a beautiful beach. However, my next three trips to the island would be as a team member on medical/surgical missions. On the other side of the island from the tourist havens, my consciousness was raised radically, especially concerning the Haitian migrants, particularly the most recent arrivals who fled the aftermath of the earthquake: dirt floors; little to no running water. Along with a Dominican MD, we set up a clinic in a hospital, about a 4-hour drive from the capital, to dispense medications. 

It was like entering a different world: open, used needles lining the corners of the hospital floor and extending into the parking lot. The stinking trash was piled up right outside the back entrance of the ER.  Patients must bring their bedding and food for their hospital stay; with no AC, all the windows are open with dust and dirt pouring in.   I fell in love with this part of the DR because the Dominicans are the most pleasantly amazing people I have ever met; humble, they ask for nothing.  Yet, they are also the most appreciative people I have ever known, providing a pleasant contrast to what I am accustomed to with many of my patients in the USA, who tend to take their health care for granted.

I am a hard worker with a deep passion for everything I believe in, especially the gift of anesthesia. When I first shadowed a CRNA on a couple of cases, I found it to be the most exhilarating experience.  Once I intubated five patients under the supervision of a CRNA, I was ‘hooked’ forever. On my second and third missions to the DR, I shadowed more CRNAs and became highly accomplished at intubating patients. These have been my critical life experiences up to this point. This is how I see myself achieving my most important goals and contributing to humanity; I want to return to the DR and continue my missions there as a CRNA.

I have worked in an Intensive care unit for eight years, first as a CNA and the last four years as an RN. I have developed a particular interest over the last several years in ventilators. I look forward to doing extensive research in your distinguished program about the unique challenges and opportunities facing ventilated patients.

Your MSN Program at UXX is by far my first choice since it is one of the most exemplary programs in the country, and it is close to my family, which would provide me with the support base that I need for the ultimate immersion in my studies.

 I thank you for considering my application,

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