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MS, Masters Nurse Anesthesia, African Man

March 19, 2013

I was born and raised in a rural area of Ethiopia. Growing up, I soon became highly cognizant of the huge health problems that burdened our community. By the time that I was in High School, I was already dreaming of becoming a nurse, so that I could help the people in my community who were suffering. I am so very thankful that my dream of becoming a nurse has become a reality. I could not enjoy my work more as a nurse, and I am extremely pleased with the professional progress that I have made over the last few years since winning the immigration lottery and relocating to the United States in 2004.

 I am a very compassionate man, one who derives a great deal of joy and satisfaction caring for the sick, especially those that are acutely or critically ill. From my professional positions as a nurse,  I have learned to not only be compassionate, but focused, patient, an attentive listener, and an excellent team player, humble and highly responsible always going that extra mile to provide emotional support to patients and their families. Yet, I have also been impressed with the need for independent decision making, especially in critical situations and when working under great stress. 

 Very early on in my career, working as  a health officer in Ethiopia—synonymous with physician assistant here in the US—in the operating room, helping people in the relief of their pain, I focused on anesthesia as the area of expertise that I would find most personally fulfilling as a long term specialty. Since my arrival here in the US, while I have worked in a variety of positions and unites, it has been my work in Intensive Care that I have found most enjoyable and fulfilling. This has greatly enhanced my level of inspiration to pursue an advanced degree in pain management/anesthesia. I am attracted to the challenge, and very much want to give my all to this field, in terms of both science and practice—lifelong education.

 While indeed I am interested in supporting myself and my family, pursuing a Masters Degree in this area is not about making money. Rather, I see this area as the most useful or compatible with my long term aspirations to contribute to our world community. It is my dream not to life my life tied to a constant paycheck; but, rather, to use my skills for the greater good of humanity as a whole.

 I feel strongly that my background, growing up poor in one of the most impoverished areas of the world, will make me an excellent candidate for participation in international relief efforts. I was most transfixed by what happened this year in Haiti. I feel like I bled inside, and I felt impotent. I ask for admission to your program based not only on my level of dedication to my work and the experience that I have gained in the field, but also this dream of giving my all to those who are in greatest need of my services—on an international level.

 Naturally, it is also my hope to return to my people in Ethiopia, especially in my later years, when I would be both able to do so financially and would have the most to give in terms of life experience and my level of education. I have also already learned by serving here in Washington DC, that the poor, and the profound and special ways that they suffer  as a result of their poverty, are not something that is unique to the developing world, it very much characterizes America as well, especially urban America and perhaps DC is an especially graphic example of the challenges that confront us together as a nation. Thus, as a man, as an African, and as a nursing professional who gives my all to my field, I believe that I am in an excellent position to contribute to the beautiful diversity that characterizes our nation as a whole, and perhaps the field of nursing in particular.

 After a lengthy review of nursing programs throughout the United States, I believe that my talents, background, credentials, experience, and ideals make me an especially good fit with your M.S. Program in Nurse Anesthesia. I find myself enormously attracted to the way that you provide “both didactic and clinical education” as I feel this kind of hands-on education is most important. I very much appreciate your emphasis on the importance of diversity and the way that you develop a focus on anesthesia education throughout “the city, region and nation.” through anesthesia education, and your explicit focus on the preparation of students from “various demographic and cultural backgrounds.”

 I keenly look forward to developing a “complete understanding of the science of anesthesia” combined with the “art” and “humanistic touch of a caring” which you emphasize as central to your mission. I want to thank you from the depths of my heart for considering my application to your program.

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