I hope to earn my DNP Degree in Nurse Anesthesia at the XXXX School of Nursing, which is close to my home and where I earned my BSN. The XXXX School is also located within the XXXX Hospital/XXXX University Medical Center complex where I currently serve in the ICU. I love being part of the largest regional academic medical center in our part of the country. It would be a special honor to learn from the forefront resulting from your program’s partnership with the XXXX University School of Medicine’s Department of Nurse Anesthesia.
I am keenly excited at the prospect of training at the top facilities in our region, especially XXXX Hospital, XXXX Hospital for Children, and XXXX Children's Hospital. Having my heart set on XXXX's DNP program in Nurse Anesthesia is not all about location, however. I also very much appreciate your proven results with a certification exam pass rate of 96.9%. As a result of your small class size, I will have greater access to more one-on-one interaction with my professors who are top-notch CRNA's employed by XXXX University. It would be yet another great honor to learn at the world class Clinical Simulation Institute - one of only twenty-one international centers that have been accredited by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare.
In addition to earning the respect and admiration of my colleagues as a dedicated and compassionate CRNA, I want to become recognized as a leader who gives his all as a mentor and role model for underserved youth in my community. I am keenly aware that if it were not for my own mentors, I might well never have gone to college. Mr. XXXX, my high school biology teacher, saw my potential and suggested I participate in the summer internship program at our local hospital, which was my introduction to healthcare. XXXX, the CRNA who I shadowed while still in high school, took me under his wing and introduced me to Nurse Anesthesia.
Serving in the ICU of a large metropolitan hospital, many of my patients come from inner city, disadvantaged, poverty-stricken communities. I would like to be able to give back to those communities and improve outcomes by providing opportunities for youth. My intense passion for helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds is driven by the fact that my own father, a semi-functional alcoholic, had little time for his children or his wife and when he was around, he made us miserable. Thus, I had to learn independence, strength, and perseverance from an incredibly early age. While there were poorer children on my block, I was the first in my family to go to college and had only a minimal support system. I know first-hand how challenging it can be to overcome obstacles that prevent one from realizing one's potential. Once I acquire the financial resources, I look forward to spending as much time as possible serving as a volunteer in support of medical missions abroad. I look forward to someday having a family and being a good husband and father. I could also see myself wanting to become politically engaged at some point since I have a passion for public policy.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my BSN. I have taken the time to really assess what I want, to understand where I fit in, and to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to tackle this next step. I have worked and excelled with a diverse patient population in the Medical ICU of the largest academic hospital in St Louis for the last 2 years. I am single with no family responsibilities and thus can completely focus on your program. I assure you that I will put every ounce of my focus and energy into excelling in your program.
I have a constant desire to learn and grow as a student. A great listener and a highly active student, I cultivated a special interest in resiliency training as well as ethics and advocacy issues. I very much look forward to participation in class discussions in your program concerning a wide range of topics.
Thank you for your consideration of my application to the DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at the XXXX School.
CRNA Personal Statement Nurse Anesthesia
This applicant describes his father as a 'semi-functional' alcoholic. This can be an enormous disadvantage, and a terrible obstacle to overcome on one's journey to professional success. It is interesting to note that many applicants to dental and medical schools are awarded disadvantaged status, with all expenses paid through the completion of their program. I am not aware of such an arrangement in Nursing. An alcoholic father is the kind of thing that they are looking for when they make this award, a structural disadvantage that makes it harder for that individual to succeed. Overcoming the adversity of having an alcoholic father is one of the most difficult challenges that one can overcome.