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Essay Writing Tips in NAP



Hi All,

I have read hundreds of essays for consideration for graduate nurse anesthesia programs. I had the pleasure of reading exemplary to not so convincing essays that needed considerable editing.

So, for any RN who attended a Diversity CRNA Information Session & Airway Simulation Lab Workshop, please forward me your essay in this manner:

1) Please send me a word document as an attachment with your name at the top with full credentials (BSN, CCRN).

2) Indicate your reason why you want to pursue the profession and how you would serve as an Advance Practice Nurse in Nurse Anesthesia.

3). Please indicate you attended a Diversity CRNA Information Session & Airway Simulation Lab Workshop at the specific nurse anesthesia program and what you got out of the program (be specific for the two-day event). Also, I, always invite a senior AANA, COA, and NBCRNA leader to the event as a guest speaker. Please mention this in your essay and the speaker topic related to nurse anesthesia practice and advocacy. Definitely, write their credentials and affiliation. Hint: it's on the actual program agenda.

4). If you are applying to a DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program, you MUST peruse their website and learn about the curriculum and faculty, in particular. Also, read my article on Minority CRNAs and the Doctorate from Minority Nurse Magazine on the homepage of my website, www.DiversityCRNA.org. Most definitely be well versed on the DNP and the rigor of the program. Also, start reading articles published in the AANA Journal.

5). Explain in your essay your reason why you want to be admitted to that particular graduate nurse anesthesia program. And, be very specific about your CRNA shadowing experience (type of anesthesia such as general, regional, sedation). Did the CRNA use a LMA, ETT, Double Lumen Tube, Glidescope, Fiber-optic scope)? What type of anesthesia machine used (Day-Tex Ohmeda, Drager, etc.) was used? Did you witness the CRNA check the anesthesia machine and drugs before patient arrival to OR? Did you witness the CRNA interview patient and assess oral airway and secure anesthesia consent? Did you take note of different type of inhalationals used (Sevoflurae, Isoflurane, etc.)? Did you witness how the CRNA was on top of fluid management, placed any invasive monitoring, etc.? Now, certainly, you can save a lot of this in your actual interview of your shadowing experience and articulate more on it, honestly.

6). If applying to more than one program, please peruse each website and read about the admission process and essay questions to specifically write with a defined word count.

7). Most definitely, write about your critical care experience (vaso- active drip management, vent dependent patients, invasive monitoring, etc). Also, include if you are CCRN certified and committee commitment.

8). Send essays a month in advance before applying to a graduate nurse anesthesia program for timely review/editing.

9). Also, get letters of recommendations from unit managers who will positively write about your work ethic and being team member as a nurse on the unit. And, approach them at least a month before you apply to a program.

10). Once you submit your essay, please notify me when you are invited for an interview. We will set up a mock interview and introduce you to someone from that particular program or a graduate. Whew! We want you to be a competitive applicant as you prepare for transitioning into nurse anesthesia. It's all about access and networking with those who have your BEST interest in succeeding graduate school.

Lena Gould, EdD, CRNA, FAAN
Founder & CEO
Diversity in Nurse AnesthesiaMentorship Program
www.DiversityCRNA.org

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