Teaching Nurse Anesthesia in India, Indian Applicant

Updated: Jul 23

A nurse from India, I came to the US as a permanent resident in October of 2007 at the age of 25, after passing the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools), IELTS and NCLEX exams. This opportunity came in response to the shortage of qualified nurses in the US and we were given an employment-based green card after meeting certain requirements with respect to the evaluation of our credentials. Since February of 2013, I have been a citizen of the USA. I now have 9 years of critical care experience in an intense, fast paced, Cardiac ICU.

XXXX University is my first choice among Nurse Anesthesia Programs because it is a doctoral rather than a Master’s program and, among doctoral programs, it is an affordable alternative. Perhaps most importantly, XXXX University is accessible from my home; which means I don't have to relocate and I will have the full support of family and professional networks that will enable and inspire me to excellence as a graduate student in Nurse Anesthesia. I have visited your campus and I feel very comfortable there, the way it is secluded and the people are so friendly. I hope very much to be accepted to XXXX and I will definitely attend if accepted because it is my first choice. It would be a special honor to be accepted to a program that only admitted approximately one dozen students each year. I also admire the low attrition rate at XXXX, which I think speaks volumes of good things about your program because I know that it is most rigorous. I particularly admire your advanced, cutting-edge clinical practice. My best friend, also from India, was in the first doctoral class to graduate from XXXX’s CRNA program. We have seen each other at least once a week for years and she always kept me up to date about her progress in the program, the things that she was learning, how challenging and fascinating it was. Increasingly, I became more and more eager for a very similar experience.

Since October of 2009, I have been employed as a nurse by New York’s XXXX Hospital, the university hospital of both Columbia and Cornell, serving first as a registered nurse, then a charge nurse, and more recently also as a Preceptor. I have come to thrive in this highly stressful environment and am now very proficient in the titration of drips, ventilators, hemodynamic monitoring, devices like ECMO, Impella and IABP, to name just a few. I am an IV insertion champion in my unit. My humble and calm demeanor has helped me to survive many very demanding situations with grace. In spite of being a minority nurse from India, I have risen to the cadre of one of the most capable nurses in CCU; from acing the CCRN and CMC exams to leading the quality council in my unit. My diverse background has helped me to adapt and to think creatively on my feet which will empower me to excellence at Fairfield. I have paid especially close attention to the CRNAs in my unit for years, learning as much as possible by observation. I have also shadowed a CRNA in my hospital for more than 40 hours.

After earning my Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia, I hope to gain as much diverse experience as possible by working in different areas like general, OB, pediatric, regional before deciding on which specialty I want to pursue. At some point I hope to graduate into an educational role, teaching in a CRNA program and/or mentoring SRNAs in a hospital setting. As I continue to progress in my profession, I would like to broaden my perspectives and contribute to the promotion of Nurse Anesthesia on an international level, especially with respect to India, where Nurse Anesthesia is still in its infancy. Pain free delivery is still a novel concept in rural India. Thus, I am particularly interested in providing safe, accessible, and affordable anesthesia to intra natal mothers in the rural areas of my state, playing a role in curbing the overall maternal mortality rate; in addition to the prevention of a great deal of suffering. Community Health service has always been my top priority.

In India, I was an active spokesperson for the Anti Child Labor groups based in my hospital. I participated in World Polio Immunization campaigns in 2003 and 2004 in Bangalore. As part of the community health internship in my nursing school, I organized street plays and demonstrations to promote early and skilled antenatal services in the villages of Guntur, Mugalur and Thindlu in rural India. I also participated in an outreach program for the town of Thimmasandra, helping to conduct a morbidity clinic. I have donated blood many times during blood donor drives held in our town and was always an active member of my community church, helping, for example, to raise funds to build a new parish.

I have also earned accreditation in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and I am currently enrolled in an Organic Chemistry course which further strengthens my academic foundation in preparation for your CRNA program. I am also studying for the GRE; and in my free time I explore subjects in my field that I find most intriguing, such as Fick’s method versus the Thermodilution method of calculating Cardiac Output. My long-term objective is to promote Nurse Anesthesia on an international level, working in close collaboration with health care legislators to legalize and professionalize nurse administration of pain medication in developing countries so that underserved populations can have access to safe and affordable nurse anesthesia. As an older woman, I see myself as the program director of a CRNA School in India.

I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX.

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