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CRNA Personal Statement, DNP Nurse Anesthesia

Updated: Jan 28

I was born in New York, raised in St. Louis, and now reside in Atlanta. I hold a B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Nursing (Magna cum Laude), and I am a Registered Nurse. I am a well-qualified and highly experienced nurse now wishing to specialize in the demanding field of Nurse Anesthesia that will tax my academic ability and experience to date while extending my knowledge into a fascinating and challenging specialist direction.

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I decided to become a nurse at nine and have never wavered in that decision nor regretted it. I have nursed in various settings and have experience autonomously using highly technical medical equipment. I have worked in many roles requiring independent decision-making and have filled leadership and training roles. I have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘bedside nursing’ that I have undertaken and believe I am an excellent nurse. However, I am also ambitious and academically able. I seek progress in my career and realize that almost any choice made at this stage to advance my job will involve a move away from direct patient care.

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On that basis, I have very carefully considered my next step. I have decided that I have the academic ability, commitment, potential, and characteristics required to become a CRNA. I am attracted to this specialty because the training will provide academic challenges beyond that in almost any other nursing specialty. The CRNA role calls me because it is a prestigious one providing autonomy and is highly technical and critical. The role also offers vast career choices and a flexible schedule.

I am aware that the program will attract many well-qualified applicants. However, I genuinely consider myself to be an excellent candidate. I know that I shall be able to meet the academic challenge that the program will present and have the technical aptitude and interest necessary to qualify and succeed in the role. I will also bring significant and relevant nursing experience to the program and can promise total commitment and enthusiastic participation.

This applicant does not mention a second language. They are clearly part of the white, monolingual, monocultural, majority of nurses in America and that is fine. Diversity issues are not a requirement, although, I heartily recommend that even monolingual white applicants mention diversity in their statements, celebrating it, showing that one has an inclusive disposition and compassion for the underserved. I have worked with many applicants in Nursing who are white, monolingual, and monocultural. I suspect, however, that some of them had studied Spanish and knew at least a few words and did not even mention this in their statements. That is a mistake. The need for Spanish speaking nurses is so acute in America that any effort to learn this language, even minimal, is worth mentioning. I recommend to some applicants that they include a brief description of the level they have attained in Spanish and a recognition of how important this language is for the underserved. For millions of residents of America, Spanish is the only language in which they can communicate.

The important takeaway here is that one does not need to speak Spanish well for the effort to have value. Simply declaring that one is trying says a lot. I recommend declaring in your Statement that improving your Spanish is one of your priority goals. This will amplify your contribution as a Nurse to the underserved. The importance of the underserved in the Personal Statement can hardly be overestimated, hence, the importance of Spanish.

CRNA Personal Statement, DNP Nurse Anesthesia

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