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DNP CRNA, Chinese, Father of Twins

I have been serving as a nurse at St. John's Hospital since 2012 and a critical care nurse since February of 2014 – learning everything that I can from the CRNAs in particular. XXXX University is my first choice among CRNA programs primarily because it is only 50 miles away from where I presently live and 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 very much the length and structure of your 36 month DNP CRNA program and the way that it is divided into 2 sections with the second part involving clinical rotations. Some of the CRNAs that I have met at our hospital have graduated from XXXX and could not speak more highly of the rigors of your program. I feel strongly that I am up to the challenge.

I would have applied to XXXX last year 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 that I will face the rigors of a CRNA program now while they are so little, and spend more time with them once they are bigger and we can do more things together.

I have been living in the USA now for the past 14 years, moving here permanently from my native China at the age of 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 now 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 then within two years became a Critical Care Nurse for a 32-bed ICU unit. If accepted to your especially distinguished Master’s Program in Nurse Anesthesia at XXXX, I am convinced that I can maximize my contribution to healthcare as a CRNA.

Increasingly, I find myself speaking Chinese at St. John’s. One young Chinese couple had brought in their 5-year-old son who was in desperate need of emergency surgery due to a bowel obstruction. I was looking on while the surgeon and staff were trying to explain all of 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 fine, that we were going to make him well 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 so that we could get the consent for the surgery right away. During the surgery, I kept the parents updated about their son’s status. It went well. This experience heightened my sense of contribution, knowing that my Chinese language skills might well save a life someday, augmenting my sense of mission and my respect and admiration for cultural and linguistic diversity in American health care.

I intend to reach out in the future as a nursing professional to Chinese immigrants to America that barely speak English and generally spend their entire lives working long hours in a kitchen or laundry. In kitchens, many develop chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD and Emphysema resulting from kitchen smoke. I am also concerned about the vast problem of prescription drug abuse, especially pain killers, which is a big problem in Kentucky where I earned my degree. I look forward to educating my patients in the future as well as 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. I thank you for considering my application to XXXX University. 

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