XXXX University is my first choice among DNP Programs in Nurse Anesthesia for several reasons, most of all the sheer excellence of your program and the extensive resources of the surrounding area. Your location would enable me to excel due to my networks, family ties, etc. Born and raised in New York City to immigrant parents from India, diversity, multiculturalism, and multilingualism have long been central to my values and worldview. Spending large chunks of the last couple of years improving my ability to communicate in Spanish and using this language with increasing frequency in my professional position as a nurse is something that I find incredibly fulfilling. This could not come more naturally; particularly given the centrality of social service in the ethics and mindset of my family and the social traditions we cherish in our native India.
I earned my BSN in 2015 and was already specializing in areas closely related to Nurse Anesthesia, earning CCRN and TNCC certifications and focusing my studies before and after my graduation on trauma, Psychiatric Nursing, and Plastic Surgery. I have spent years working with various vulnerable populations in my community, especially those with mental health challenges. I have daydreamed about becoming a CRNA since I started high school. Increasingly, this goal is central to my life, personally and professionally, particularly since I began working as a nurse in nursing homes and then in a Telemetry/Psych unit. I still frequently work in this unit during the days, on top of my night shift in ICU/Rapid Response Nursing.
I am a product of the inner city, tough neighborhoods, and streets, and I learned how to navigate my surroundings and many urban dangers growing up in Queens. My high school, Jamaica Queens, was a hub for gangs and drugs. My undergraduate studies were facilitated by receiving a partial scholarship that helped me graduate. I chose to become a nurse mostly because I love interacting with patients. I love learning science and using my interpersonal skills to build rapport with my patients and team. I see the creative nurse who gives her all as a scientist and a detective. In my current ICU position in Suffolk County, Long Island, I work in a fast-paced environment, especially so not only since we are an epicenter of the heroin epidemic, but most recently, we lived through the nightmare of COVID-19 and the special treatment that it had in store for New York, taking almost everyone by surprise. I never missed a day of work – at either of my two nursing positions, content, engaged, and thinking on my feet, made me stronger.
I look forward to decades of serving as a nurse anesthetist, as a type of guardian angel of the patient and their family at their most challenging time – when they are in greatest need of support on many levels, the most important aspects of their lives now unknown. I want these families to know and justifiably feel confident that the team at the hospital is caring for their loved ones, providing them with innovative, top-notch care geared towards achieving the best outcomes. To achieve this goal, I want to give my all daily, and I can think of no better way to live, work, and love than a professional life as a CRNA.
Thank you for considering my application to XXXX University.