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DNP, CRNA, Latina, Bilingual

Updated: Jan 27

I am applying to XXXX’s CRNA program because I am convinced it is one of the most exemplary programs in the country. 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 that facing one’s mortality is perhaps the most devastating ordeal. Facing death accompanied by pain is a tragedy that has no place in a civilized society. Thus, as a nursing professional, I find profound fulfillment in helping the terminally ill find peace and a certain measure of contentment in fulfilling their days in circumstances that are at least free of significant physical pain.

I initially became interested in nurse anesthesia while working at the XXXX Pain Center. Since then, I have been gearing up professionally to return to graduate school to become a CRNA. I am employed with XXXX Medical University and XXXX Hospital in Orange, CA. But if accepted to your program, I will put my studies first and reduce my employment hours so they will not hamper my ability to excel in your program.    


I remember one patient at Cedars Sinai who made a dramatic impression on me. In the terminal stages of cancer and barely able to walk or sit down, we provided him with regular nerve root blocks to ease his pain. Both he and his family would be so profoundly grateful after each treatment. The only thing that mattered to them was that he would be free from pain in these final days of his life. I have experienced this deep fear and an overwhelming sense of vulnerability accompanying terminal illness. I take great pride in my desire to dedicate my life to treating 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 profound fear for the first time, and my life flashed before my eyes. I remained fearful even after praying and asking family members and friends for support. I remember telling my anesthesiologist, “make sure I wake up.”  I felt like she had my life in her hands and that  I was no longer in control of my own life; I felt very vulnerable and utterly 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, have inspired my dream of becoming a nurse anesthetist. As a nurse, I have seen the distress and helplessness that patients and families experience when facing significant disruption in their lives due to chronic disease.  For me and so many others, anesthesia providers are silent heroes, and I want to become a member of this noble profession. As a Latina who was born and raised mainly in Nicaragua, I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program and using my bilingual skills to comfort patients in Spanish and English. I assure you that I will give my all to your schedule.

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