I have been serving as a nurse at XXXX Hospital since 2012 and as a critical care nurse since February 2014 – learning everything I can from the CRNAs. XXXX University is my first choice among CRNA programs because it is only fifty miles from where I live. I look forward to continuing to live and work where I might best perform, with the support of my current network of friends and family. I also appreciate the length and structure of your 36-month DNP CRNA program and how it is divided into two sections, with the second part involving clinical rotations. Some of the CRNAs I have met at our hospital have graduated from XXXX and could not speak more highly of the rigors of your program. I am up to the challenge.
Last year, I would have applied to XXXX, but my wife was pregnant with twins, and I thought it prudent to wait. Last winter, however, we had twin boys, and all went well. Now is my time, so I will face the rigors of a CRNA program while they are so tiny and spend more time with them once they are bigger and we can do more things together.
I have lived in the USA for 14 years, moving here permanently from my native China at 20. It was not easy to learn English and adjust to the American way of life, but nursing has been my principal interest for many years, and it has provided me with great focus to match my determination. I earned my BSN Degree from XXXX University in 2010. While working at St John’s, I have been taking one class at a time at local universities to help me advance professionally, including Chemistry for Healthcare Professions and Biostatistical Methods. I began as a peri-op nurse in General Surgery and became a Critical Care Nurse.
If accepted to your distinguished DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX, I am convinced I can maximize my contribution to healthcare increasingly, I find myself speaking Chinese at XXXX. One young Chinese couple had brought in their 5-year-old son, who desperately needed emergency surgery due to a bowel obstruction. I was looking on while the surgeon and staff tried to explain all this to the little boy’s parents. The problem was that neither of them spoke much English, and both had a look of sheer terror and confusion until I walked up and explained to them in Mandarin that their little boy was going to be okay, that we were going to make him healthy again, that we just needed some information and a little time. I helped the surgeon and anesthesiologist explain what had happened to the parents and what procedure needed to be done immediately to get consent for the surgery right away. I kept the parents updated about their son’s status during the surgery. It went well. This experience heightened my sense of contribution, knowing that my Chinese language skills might save a life someday, augmenting my sense of mission, respect, and admiration for cultural and linguistic diversity in American health care.
I intend to reach out as a nursing professional to Chinese immigrants to America who barely speak English and spend their entire lives working long hours in a kitchen or laundry. Many develop chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD and Emphysema in kitchens resulting from smoke. I am also concerned about the vast problem of prescription drug abuse, especially painkillers, a big problem in Kentucky, where I earned my degree. I look forward to educating my patient and providing them with effective post-op pain management, which, in addition to prescription drugs, might include Chinese medicine, natural remedies, homeopathic medicine, and alternatives to painkillers, especially those that are dangerously addictive.
Thank you for considering my application to XXXX University.
This statement is especially noteworthy as far as it develops the point that providing nursing care in a foreign language like Mandarin Chinese (or Spanish) is to automatically also be helping the underserved. The applicant describes the harsh realities of most speakers of Mandarin Chinese in the USA, recent immigrants, laboring in dead end jobs with long hours, cooking, cleaning, etc. This applicant makes the most of their ability to speak a language that is the first language to millions of Chinese people that have immigrated to North America. A Mandarin Chinese speaking nurse is well positioned to save lives in America, as they are often the only Chinese speaker available to translate for hospital personnel.
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