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MSN, Nursing Anesthesia, African-American, ICU

March 19, 2013

Having spent the last two years working as a Nurse Clinician IM in an Intensive Care Unit, I have become highly adept at learning and fulfilling numerous supporting roles as a nursing professional working under pressure, with those whose life tetters on the brink and each decision can easily be a question of life and death. I have come to thrive in this environment, as a result of a lot of hard work and profound dedication. Now, I feel very strongly that studying towards the MSN Degree in Nurse Anesthesia at the XXXX School is the right move for me to make so that I might have the fullest level of long term satisfaction as a nursing professional whose life is dedicated to serving my patients. I deeply enjoy the challenge of caring for patients with complex medical conditions and especially the employment of live saving, high tech, interventions such as, blakemores, ventilators/oscillators, arterial lines, Flolan Therapy, Swan-Ganz catheters/PICCO  etc. I also find deep contentment in direct contact with patients and their families, offering professional counseling and emotional support.

 Perhaps what most sustains me through a long shift, in addition to the appreciation of the patients, is my love for teamwork and the reward that I get from giving my all to the goals of our interdisciplinary team at Johns Hopkins Hospital as we struggle each day to honor our vision and meet our goals of providing increasingly exceptional health care services to our patients. I do suffer to some extent as a nurse, for the pain and suffering that surrounds me. This is why I am most professionally attracted to the long term goal of attaining certification as a CRNA. I see pain control and the single-most fundamental aspect of acute care and I wish to devote my life to the perfection of practice in this area. I feel strongly that my diligence, compassion, good cheer, and unfailing dedication to my work make me a strong candidate for your program. Moving to the United States nine years ago at the age of 18, from my native Cameroon, I take pride in the fact that I am an African-American man in the Nursing field and enjoy serving as caring, hard working role model, especially for other African-American men. I also plan on making volunteer trips to Cameroon at least once every two years, using the skills I acquire in your program and later, in order to help in needy hospitals there in need of well-trained anesthetists. I feel strongly that my devotion to pain relief, making acute sufferers as comfortable as possible, has assumed center stage in my career aspirations; and I look forward to intensive study of how pain relief is provided in a broad variety of healthcare settings.

My greatest assets are my serious outlook on life coupled with a very high level sense of responsibility—my greatest gifts are my compassion and my sheer love for helping others. Some of my fondest memories here in America so far have been in my volunteer activities with Our Daily Bread of Baltimore, organizing annual winter coat drives for the city’s homeless people. Most of all, my experience as a nurse in the medical ICU at XXXX hospital has been what has fully formed what I am today, thankful for the privilege of caring for critically sick patients. I constantly improve my critical thinking skills and perform with the highest proficiency under pressure.

A firm believer in life-long education and commitment to giving something back to one’s community of origin, my long term goal is to obtain a post graduate degree in Education and return to Cameroon to become an instructor in the field of anesthesia. Through my education and practice, I hope to someday make a significant contribution not only to the lives of many sufferers here in America, but laboring until old age at the colossal task of helping to build solid and sustainable foundations for the advancement of health care.

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