The BSN to DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX is my first choice for graduate study. I look forward to a long and fulfilling career as a CRNA, and I see your program as the finest in Florida. Miami is also my home. Both of my parents immigrated to the USA from Haiti. Even though I was born and raised in Miami, I have Haitian roots and feel a special calling to help the underserved residents of Haiti.
I have already been to Haiti twice, helping on 2-week medical missions in 2003 and 2009. I can testify that well-trained medical professionals who speak the language, Creole, are very much in short supply. I hope to be selected, at least partly, based on my potential contribution to the underserved area of my land of origin.
I fully embrace everything concerning my day-to-day experiences at our hospital health promotion, eating healthy, exercising, and staying entirely fit as part of my routine. At the same time, I spend much time reading and learning about Preventive Medicine. However, my visits to Haiti on medical missions, in addition to my day-to-day experiences at our hospital, have filled me with inspiration and determination to become a CRNA and return to Haiti as an anesthetist in support of teams of surgeons. In 2010, only months after my last trip to Haiti, the island was struck by one of the most devastating earthquakes in history, with untold suffering. As I watched the images of the wounded on television in Miami, I wept with the most wrenching desperation because I wanted to return so badly. However, my circumstances did not allow me to do so. However, my sense of calling became especially clear at these moments.
I now have extensive experience as a registered nurse (RN) in critical care, beginning in my present position with the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at XXXX Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in June 2015. We do a lot of heart surgery, and our team is renowned for highly skilled nurses and state-of-the-art management of critical care patients. I have always given 100%, which enabled me to achieve the elevated level of competency of other nurses who have been here much longer within a few months. I hit the ground running, and every day I continue to learn valuable things due to my high motivation to excel and improve the quality of the care I can provide.
Working on a unit with high patient acuity requires constant critical thinking and rapid decision-making. I care for post-operative open-heart patients with meticulous attention to detail, constantly on the watch for any deterioration in their condition. Post-operative open-heart surgery patients require invasive monitoring, such as Swan-Ganz catheters, and I have become incredibly skilled in managing hemodynamics. I have acquired experience using vasoactive and anesthetic medications and mechanical devices supporting heart, lung, and kidney functions.
On December 10, 2004, I became a patient and needed an outpatient surgical procedure. My CRNA, XXXX, made me feel comfortable and inspired me with confidence in her ability to put me under anesthesia and ensure that I would be fine. She told me she would take care of me while I was unconscious. XXXX exemplified professionalism, a caring attitude, respect, humility, and friendliness. She models the anesthetist and professional I strive to become.
It is a special privilege to care for patients in their most critical and vulnerable moments, just out of surgery and in the post-anesthesia phase. I have had opportunities to observe CRNAs administer anesthesia before and after surgery for some time now. I admire the ability of CRNAs to multitask during open-heart surgery: controlling the patient’s consciousness and hemodynamics while ensuring adequate ventilation. I admire their great agility at intubation and transesophageal echocardiogram; this high skill level attracts me to this profession. I crave responsibility, with proficient and highly accurate attention to detail. Each time the CRNA brings a new patient to the CVIVU and discusses the case with me, it is a moment when I feel admiration, inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.
My short-term goal is to dedicate thirty-six months to learning the complexity of anesthesia administration at the University of XXXX to become a highly trained CRNA prepared to excel in the workforce. My long-term goal is to eventually provide my expertise pro bono to Haiti, my family’s land of origin, where I can speak and understand the language of the underserved. Here in America, I look forward to serving as a CRNA for a team of heart surgeons. In Haiti, I look forward to supporting general surgeons operating on some of the poorest residents of the most impoverished nation in the hemisphere, blighted by natural disasters.
I hope to participate in future research concerning improving nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals in the United States to provide more individualized patient care. Also, I look forward to advocating for advanced practice nurses to be able to care for patients more independently of physicians with the ability to bill patients and insurance for services.
I am fully aware of the sacrifice and dedication it will take to become a CRNA, yet I crave your program's challenge and rigor. If selected for your competitive program, I will remain focused and give it my all.
Thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at the University of XXXX.
Haitians have enormous opportunity to check the boxes on the application to Nurse Anesthesia programs. Haiti is the most poor and destitute nation in all the Americas, it is a country of the underserved. No one is more underserved than Haitians that live in Haiti. Hence, it is heartwarming to see Haitian Americans return to Haiti, especially those that were at least partly raised there and are fluent in Creole. Creole speakers are in short supply in the ranks of CRNAs. Finally, Haiti is close to the USA and the flight is short, one does not have to travel around the world. Of course, the beauty of going home on missions to help your people is an option for many, not just Haitians. Indians, Chinese, Koreans, and the members of many international communities want to return to help their less fortunate compatriots in thier country of origin.
BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Personal Statement