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Pediatric or Neonatal ICU, NursingCas Personal Statement, DNP Nurse Anesthesia

Updated: Jun 6

XXXX is my first choice among Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) programs with a concentration in Nurse Anesthesia for various reasons, mainly the program's sheer excellence and stellar reputation. I also appreciate how global perspectives on nursing are incorporated into your curriculum for future CRNAs as an integral aspect of our learning experience. If accepted into your program, I will attend XXXX, where I hope to learn a great deal, in particular, about opportunities of service caring for the underserved, especially going on missions to the Developing World in support of surgeons performing life-saving and life-improving surgeries.

I keenly look forward to spending the balance of my professional life working long hours at a state-of-the-art hospital or outpatient center, constantly interacting with patients. I most enjoy being able to help patients along their entire anesthesia journey, from the very start, when they are nervous or anxious before the procedure, during the process and then monitoring them extremely closely after the procedure: finally, having them wake up and explain everything that had happened during surgery.

I am increasingly interested in working with children and babies, drawn to the idea of preparing myself further by specializing in this area and going on to serve in a pediatric or neonatal ICU as a bedside nurse. Working with pediatrics would push me to learn about a different patient population, elevating my current practice to a new level. Caring for children from low-income households is something that I would find incredibly fulfilling.

I shadowed a CRNA for the first time in 2017 and have been preparing for this application ever since. I was able to see first-hand how she worked, intubating patients, giving medications and anesthetic gases, monitoring the patient's vital signs, and communicating with the doctors and surgeons most effectively. I have experience working in an adult intensive care unit and have also worked in the Emergency Department (ED) and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). I have some pediatric experience in the outpatient setting and when I worked in the emergency department. I have immense experience working with the highest acuity trauma and post-surgical patients, fresh open-heart patients, and those on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). I am adept at caring for patients on any invasive monitoring device or equipment, such as intra-aortic balloon pumps, external ventricular drains, or patients on continuous renal replacement therapy.

I work exceptionally well under pressure, and I have been involved in many emergencies, code blues, or rapid sequence intubations. I volunteered at local hospitals beginning in high school and served as an ambassador for the American Red Cross. I have worked full-time as a Registered Nurse for the past five years. I currently work as an urgent care float nurse at XXXX University Medical Center in Chicago, working in the ICUs, including medical, surgical, cardiac, and neurointensive care units.

I thank you for considering my application to XXXX.

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