I am applying to XXXX’s CRNA program because I am convinced that it is one of the finest programs in the country and its location is convenient for my family and my career as a nursing professional. I have extensive experience in the importance of pain control, having spent years as a nursing professional in both ICU units and Emergency Rooms. I have become convinced over the course of my many years of service that facing one’s own mortality is perhaps the most devastating ordeal one can endure and that facing death accompanied by pain is a tragedy that has no place in a civilized society. Thus, I find profound fulfillment as a nursing professional in helping the terminally ill to find peace and a certain measure of contentment in the fulfillment of their days in circumstances that are at least free of major physical pain.
I initially developed an interest in the field of nurse anesthesia when I worked at the XXXX Pain Center. Since that time, I have been gearing myself up professionally to return to graduate school to become a CRNA. I am presently employed with both XXXX Medical University and XXXX Hospital in Orange CA. But if accepted to your program, I will put my studies first and reduce the hours of my employment so that they in no way hamper my ability to excel in your program.
I remember one particular patient at Cedars Sinai who made a dramatic impression on me. In the terminal stages of cancer and barely ability to walk or sit down, we were providing him with regular nerve root blocks to ease his pain. Both he and his family would be so profoundly grateful after each treatment. For them, the only thing that mattered seemed to be that he would be free from pain in these final days of his life. I have personally experienced this deep fear and overwhelming sense of vulnerability that accompanies terminal illness and I take great pride in the fullest possible dedication of my own personal life to the treatment of those patients at the very end of their lives.
In 2005, when I was expecting my son and had to undergo a cesarean surgery because he was breached, I felt fear for the first time on a deep personal level and my life flashed before my own eyes. Even after praying and asking family members and friends for support, I remained fearful. I remember telling my anesthesiologist “make sure I wake up.” I felt like she had my life in her hands, that I was no longer in control of my own life; I felt very vulnerable and completely dependent on the expertise and commitment of professionals. These watershed experiences of fear and vulnerability, coupled with my profound respect and admiration for the high professional standards of America’s CRNAs, has inspired my dream of becoming a nurse anesthetist myself. As a nurse, I have seen the distress and helplessness that patients and families experience when facing a major disruption in their lives as a result of chronic disease. For me and so many others, anesthesia providers are silent heroes and I very much want to become a member of this noble profession. As a Latina who was born and raised mostly in Nicaragua, I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program and using my bilingual skills for the comforting of patients in Spanish as well as English. I assure you that I will give my all to your program and I thank you for considering my application.