My first contact with a DNP DP nurse anesthetist came about when my grandmother had surgery for lung cancer. I accompanied her to the pre-op area and noticed that there was someone in addition to the surgeon and his assistants; she stood at the head of the bed and carefully observed my grandmother. Once the operation was completed, the same person woke my grandmother while gently holding her hand. I inquired and was informed that this person was a nurse anesthetist. I was twenty years old with only vague intentions to spend my life doing some good, but my interest was immediately fired.
This led me to decide upon a nursing career which is a decision that I have never regretted. My interest in the CRNA role has only increased over time. I now feel that my nursing career to date provides the necessary foundation to acquire the essential additional skills and knowledge to fulfill my potential and maximize my usefulness within the profession. I hope to pursue a doctorate, undertake research, and share my passion for teaching.
I am an RN at the Cardiac Vascular I.T. U. at XXXX Hospital. I work with patients undergoing cardiac bypasses, TAVR, gastrointestinal, oncology/endocrine, gynecological, and plastic procedures. I have CCRN accreditation. I have an exceptional work ethic and a determination to constantly update my skill set and knowledge and extend it where possible. I get on quickly with colleagues and collaborate happily and enthusiastically; I am a good communicator who displays leadership and multi-tasking skills. I have had professional contact with CRNAs and have an excellent understanding of their role. I have also shadowed a CRNA for 26 hours in preparation for this application and attended a Diversity CRNA simulation lab at XXXX University.
I realize that wanting to do something does not fit one to do it. I have carefully considered the characteristics required of a first-class practitioner and the role's demands. I am aware that the specialty is academically and professionally demanding, calling for a commitment to a constant awareness of the many exciting advances in medications, equipment, and techniques. I know that high-level communication skills are essential, with an analytical approach to problems and the ability to work swiftly and calmly under pressure and accept significant autonomy while being an influential cross-disciplinary team member. I know these characteristics and skills are rare but would not be applying were I not convinced I possess them.
I cannot claim ‘stellar’ GPA scores in my undergraduate studies. However, I would point out that I needed to work long hours while studying to finance my studies and provide financial assistance to my family. These obstacles are now removed, so I shall be able to apply myself fully to the program and intend to do so with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to excel rather than merely succeed.
I am applying to XXU because I seek a challenging and supportive academic environment. I am confident that this will be the case at XXU. I am also aware that XXU provides the most up-to-date simulation equipment for its students and has pioneered important training initiatives in the field.
I am an experienced nurse with significant exposure to the CRNA role through observation and shadowing; I have the characteristics and academic potential to enable me to acquire additional critical skills, but, most importantly, I am passionate about my desire to become a highly skilled and devoted specialist for the benefit of as many as possible.