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Diane Dy

CRNA

Hi Good Evening! My name is Diane Dy. I am a junior SRNA from Villanova University’s program. First off, I want to thank Lena for this opportunity to speak tonight. Dr Gould & all my mentors from the Diversity organization is the reason why I stand before you today as a SRNA. Three years ago, my friend and former co-worker James Lewis invited me to a Diversity luncheon in Maryland & little did I know it would change my life. I never really thought I would be where I am today. I moved to Baltimore, MD from the Philippines in 2006. I knew then I wanted to be a CRNA, but the task in front of me—the whole application process, going to school full time…just seems so enormous especially when you are at a place where you do not have a lot of support. But since I attended the Diversity luncheon, to this day, that is exactly what the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program gave me—a strong support system. It is full of people passionate about anesthesia, empowering others to be excited, & to do great things. READ MORE

Words cannot express the amount of inspiration Dr. Gould has given me. Through her words, her very own struggles, her life story. This past year, a lot has happened for me—I started Anesthesia school, I moved to a new state knowing nobody (as I am sure a lot of you can relate), & I learned how to intubate! Reflecting back, not only have I gained a lot of knowledge about giving anesthesia, but I have also grown as a person. So, I would like to express my greatest gratitude to Dr Gould, John Bing, Chris Scott, Dr. Lukeythia Bastardi, Chris Scott, James Lewis, Israel Akpadiaha, Anthony Chikendu and the rest of the team whom I may have failed to mention, for those inspiring words which gave me great strength to pursue this wonderful profession. In two weeks, I will officially be a senior SRNA!!! Cheers everybody!!!

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