Sample Goal Statement for the Master's in Nurse Anesthesia

My first contact with a nurse anesthetist came about when my grandmother had surgery for lung cancer. I accompanied her to the pre-op area and noticed that there was someone in addition to the surgeon and his assistants, she stood at the head of the bed and carefully observed my grandmother. Once the operation was completed, the same person woke my grandmother while gently holding her hand. I enquired and was informed that this person was a nurse anesthetist. I was twenty years old with only vague intentions to spend my life doing some good but my interest was immediately fired.

This led me to deciding upon a nursing career which is a decision that I have never regretted. My interest in the CRNA role has only increased over time and I now feel that my nursing career to date provides the necessary foundation for me acquire the substantial additional skills and knowledge to enable me to fulfill my potential and maximize my usefulness within the profession.  Ultimately, I hope to pursue a doctorate and to undertake research and to share my passion by teaching.

I am an RN at the Cardiac Vascular I.T. U. at XXXX Hospital. I work with patients undergoing cardiac bypasses, TAVR, gastrointestinal, oncology/endocrine, gynecological and plastic procedures. I have CCRN accreditation. I believe that I have an exceptional work ethic together with a determination to constantly update my skill-set and knowledge and to extend it where possible. I get on easily with colleagues and collaborate happily and enthusiastically, I am considered to be a good communicator who displays leadership and multi-tasking skills. I have had professional contact with CRNA’s on many occasions and have an excellent understanding of their role. I have also shadowed a CRNA for 26 hours in preparation for this application and attended a Diversity CRNA simulation lab at XXXX University.

I realize that wanting to do something does not, in itself, fit one to do it. I have very carefully considered the characteristics required of a first-class practitioner and the demands of the role. I am aware that the specialty is academically and professionally demanding calling for a commitment to a constant awareness of the many and exciting advances in medications, equipment and techniques. I know that high level communication skills are essential together with an analytical approach to problems and the ability to work swiftly and calmly under pressure and to accept significant autonomy while being an effective cross-disciplinary team member.  I know that these characteristics and abilities are rare but would not be applying were I not convinced that I possess them.

I cannot claim ‘stellar’ GPA scores in my undergraduate studies. However I would point out that it was necessary for me to work long hours while studying to finance my studies and to provide some financial assistance to my family. These obstacles are now removed and so I shall be able to apply myself fully to the program and intend to do so with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm in order to excel rather than to merely succeed.

 I am applying to XXU because I seek a challenging but supportive academic environment in an institution which is among the leaders in teaching the specialty and I am confident that this will be the case at XXU. I am also aware that XXU provides the most up to date simulation equipment for its students and has pioneered important training initiatives in the field.

To summarize: I am an experienced nurse with significant exposure to the CRNA role by observation and shadowing; I have the characteristics and academic potential to enable me to acquire significant additional skills but, most importantly, I am passionate in my desire to become a highly skilled and devoted specialist for the benefit of many.

Sample 1st Paragraph Nurse Anesthesia Program

The XXXX School of Anesthesia is my first choice for a Master’s Program for several reasons which I will outline in what follows. I immigrated to America shortly after finishing high school in my native Russia. First, I had to master English. Now, I dream in English and could not feel more comfortable using the language professionally. Most importantly, I have become a nurse and I feel strongly that I have now arrived at the right time to excel in graduate school, at 33 years old with 5 years of experience in the operating room.

Sample APA Personal Goal Statement for a DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia, Applicant from Central Asia

I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your distinguished Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University as a multilingual Asian woman. Along with diversity, I seek to make my mark as a great team player and a CRNA who is top-notch at intercultural, multilingual communication in the hospital.  This is my understanding of the role of the CRNA and I have shadowed two CRNA both of which are exemplary of interdisciplinary teamwork and appreciation for diversity.

I agree with the suggestion (Epstein, 2014) that interdisciplinary hospital teams should function as “well-oiled machines,” enhancing teamwork up and down the “treatment pyramid” creating a “silo effect” resulting from enhanced communication between the different levels of healthcare professionals and staff, thus reducing AE (e.g. morbidity/mortality) while improving patient and healthcare worker satisfaction. I look forward to doing research and writing up results concerning the way that ethnic and linguistic diversity can or at least should contribute to the efficacy of the interdisciplinary teams on which the CRNA plays a pivotal role.

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, I came to the US as an exchange student in 2010 and became a citizen in January, 2017. I especially appreciate the vast diversity of where I now live, making a permanent home for myself and my family in West Palm Beach, Florida. This part of south Florida has stunning diversity and as a nurse I care for people who were born all over the world. Thus, for several years now, I have been practicing multilingual and multicultural nursing as the opportunity arises. I am more or less fluent in German as well as being a native speaker of Russian; and there have been times at the hospital when I have been able to contribute to the care of patients whose mother tongue was either German or Russian. In fact, I am on the lookout for them.

Recently, with my ability in German lagging somewhat from lack of use, I have been practicing online with a special focus on German for medical purposes. I hope to be selected for your competitive DNP Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University because of my intense passion for patient care and advocacy coupled to my potential for contributing to the diversity and multilingual character of medical care in South Florida, one of the most international areas of America.

I thrive on diversity, especially variety among patient populations and I place a high priority on communication with the patient, anesthesiologist, surgeon and whoever else is involved in the patient’s care. I am sensitive to the way in which patients undergoing anesthesia are at the most vulnerable moments of their lives and depend on the CRNA to be their advocate. By earning my DNP at XXXX University, I hope to become a member of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program, founded by Dr. XXXX, one of my foremost inspirations and hopefully be selected for participation in workshops across the country in Diversity CRNA Information Sessions & Airway Simulation Labs. Nothing excites me more than the prospect of mentoring minority nursing students in their preparation for graduate school in Nurse Anesthesia.

I am very hard working, disciplined and highly motivated. Working in a Level I Trauma ICU has helped me learn to stay focused under pressure and during emergencies.
I am in constant need of learning, if I don't learn anything I feel very unproductive and not accomplished.  I rejoice at the prospect of spending the balance of my professional life giving my all at a large hospital or outpatient clinic and mentoring registered nurses.

Every single shift at work brings a new challenge that turns into new knowledge or skill. Most importantly, I have learned the importance of appreciating how each patient is unique in terms of both challenges and limitations and the importance of utilizing those resources that do exist, particularly with respect to the patient’s family.

Volunteer service has long been part of my life and I currently volunteer regularly at the XXXX Care Center, where we provide care to women coping with an unplanned pregnancy, compassionate counseling regarding adoption, and alternatives to pregnancy terminations.

I thank you for considering my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX University.

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Nurse Anesthesia Master's Degree Personal Statement Sample, US Air Force

I hope to be selected to your distinguished and competitive Master’s Degree Program in Nurse Anesthesia at Oregon’s XXXX University in Portland based primarily on my experience as both a professional and a volunteer. Your program in Oregon is my first choice and I will definitely attend if selected, as a result of the sheer excellence of your curriculum combined with my deep affection for Portland as one of the most livable and enriching cities on the planet.

I have spent almost 3 years now with the US Air Force as a flight nurse doing aeromedical evacuations. I have also served as both a humanitarian volunteer and a professional team leader for the International Children’s Heart Foundation, traveling around the world to countries that include Libya, Russia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Honduras, on numerous mission trips, bringing specialized cardiac services to the operating room at local hospitals.  Working in a multi-disciplinary team environment with volunteers from around the world has provided me with insight into a broad variety of nursing techniques and strengthened my international and intercultural communication skills – continuous learning, adaptation, and teamwork building.

I now have a total of 10 years in the OR as preop/periop/Pacu and RNFA and 5 years as a medical missionary nurse. Many of my highest moments in life have been serving as a medical missionary. My trip to Ethiopia with Mending Kids International in support of surgeons crosses my mind frequently. My journeys to El Salvador with Austin Smiles in February of 2009 and June of 2011, also provide me with very special memories on which to reflect and continue to learn. I run/walk marathons for good causes every year, help with food relief locally, serve as a guest speaker at career fairs, and do what I can to contribute to blood donations, cardiac screenings, and nature preservation.

I have worked hard for a long time to constantly improve my Spanish and have been quite successful at it, because it is so useful to calm, educate, and care for large numbers of the underserved. In addition to patient care, I also use my Spanish for teaching and training nurses. I speak Spanish for special purposes, my vocabulary in nursing and related areas is constantly growing and this brings me great satisfaction. It is always a special privilege to have a Spanish-speaking patient in the ICU or OR, and it's nice to not to have to call for a translator to care for them.  I especially love to see the smile of pleasant surprise when Spanish comes out of my mouth as I begin to care for a patient.

After working as a circulator/scrub/ RNFA for approximately 10 years, I finally decided to venture into the ICU. Now, I have experience working in a level 1 trauma ICU at XXXX Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri and I'm also continuing to further my ICU experiences at St Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington.  Many of my closest friends and colleagues are CRNAs and I have long taken an interest in the day-to-day events in their professional lives.  Serving as a flight nurse has provided me with ample opportunity to exercise my leadership skills, especially since I became a commissioned officer in the Air Force in 2014, actively engaged with my squadron, first at March AFB in California and now at McChord AFB.

In Ecuador, I cared for a 1-month old cardiac patient, a baby that needed type O+ whole blood for his arterial switch procedure and none was available. Since I am O+, I decided to donate. It was the most magical thing to see my blood being pumped directly into his heart. I felt my hands on his heart and my blood circulating through his veins. He made it off the operating room table and into the PICU. Without my blood, he wouldn't have been able to come off of the pump successfully. For me, it doesn’t get any better than that.

I thank you for your consideration of my application to Nurse Anesthesia at XXXU.

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