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Friday, October 16, 2015

Amazing Statement of Purpose for a Registered Nurse (RN) applicant

Statement of Purpose for entering into the Nursing program (BSN Transfer Option, ABSN and or ABSN-MSN) culminating as an RN with the ********* School of Nursing, ********* University Applicant name: ********* *********

Before I was ten years old, I had spent my entire life in a country at war. Coming to the U.S. in ****, at the end of the South Lebanon Conflict was to be a chance for my family and me to begin anew, and gain access to opportunities that were simply nonexistent in my homeland. It was a bittersweet time, and we missed our land greatly, so much so that I went back for two of my teen years to study. Returning to Lebanon, though, I saw my country with new eyes. Even though I was only a young man, I experienced and learned what it felt like to have a healthcare system not only bereft of resources, but populated with practitioners whose hearts were not in their work. Indeed, many saw their work as a means to an end, and were consistently seeking ways of earning extra money. I was shocked but not confused. I had seen injustice, and knew where I would direct my energies, my life’s work and knew with utmost certainty that the passion I felt for aiding those in need at all costs was all consuming, and true to who I am.

Earning my bachelor’s in ****[science] was only my first step. As an EMT, I felt I was making a difference, and gaining good exposure to all manner of patients, conditions and grasping the realities of public health issues and healthcare trends. I have seen and served a highly diverse population, and know that their needs will only increase over time, and that they need to have their diversity reflected in the healthcare teams that will serve them. What is more, this community in particular has a slightly elevated risk of experiencing preventable hospitalizations for a range of health issues that simply require better management, and patient empowerment via educational interventions.

While I enjoy being an EMT, I know that for me, my personal and professional satisfaction in my work, that I need to be able to build a greater rapport with the patients I will serve, feel a greater connection with my community and be secure in the knowledge that I am making a difference not only to my patients, but to their entire families and loved ones. As a nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner, I know that this is what I can accomplish. Nursing has stood out to me as one of the noblest professions on earth, and I want to contribute to this field. I know that I can offer not only my grasp of science, and nursing abilities, but something even greater than this, which is my ability to inspire others.

As a Lebanese-American and an immigrant, I know that I will be representing what can be accomplished with hard work, persistence and never giving up on our dreams. And like in my own set of experiences, I know the value and benefits of volunteering. I look forward to the chance to inspire others to give of their time, and to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible. I bring with me to the Nursing program a solid academic foundation in biology and [], coupled with years of direct patient contact in the field. Furthermore, I bring my cultural competence, my ability to reach out to my patients, but also my colleagues, to impart my understanding of the issues surrounding acculturation, and how to be sensitive to people from all walks of life and creeds.

The ********* ********* School of Nursing is simply remarkable, and I know that I would be assured of a superlative education. I have been repeatedly impressed with their dedication to a well-rounded, liberal arts education at their core, as well as an immersive experience for nursing students. The chance to learn from not only practitioners, but also researchers, both of whom are contributing and even guiding the field is simply breathtaking.

I look forward to the opportunity to learn and to give back to the nursing program, and my life ahead. For me, I cannot envision a life without service to my patients, my community, and the only field that offers everything that has ever mattered to me, the combining of love, life, service and science.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Understanding the Role of the CRNA

First and foremost, the role of the CRNA is dictated if not defined by its essence as an advanced practice specialty. Overall, the CRNA’s all encompassing aim is to ensure the safety and comfort of patients of all ages, those who are facing every conceivable form of surgery and procedures, in an equally diverse array of set ups. Simultaneously, and particularly in terms of the CRNA’s specialty, the CRNA, while a member of a multidisciplinary team, enjoys a high level of autonomy in their profession, that is, they are qualified to deliver anesthesia sans physician direction. While the CRNA functions largely independently, they so still maintain clear communication with anesthesiologists. In the OR, teamwork is not only expected by indispensible, with each member being dependent upon the other. There is a distinct intensity in the OR, with each team member focusing on their role. The CRNA’s relationship to the surgical team is more defined than with the RNs, particularly the CRNA to surgeon and technologist. This is due to the fact that the surgeon is reliant upon the CRNA’s expertise with the pharmacology, particularly if a patient must be stabilized, at which point the CRNA is in fact in a lead role. Unlike physicians, the CRNA does not refer patients to other providers, but instead receives referrals; the CRNA’s patients are in most cases under the care of a surgeon. CRNAs are not meant to have a patient caseload, unless they are aiding patients in need of pain management. Instead, CRNAs primarily function via consultations, which make up the bulk of their daily work. The consultations are essential for a number of reasons stemming from a patient’s care plan, not the least of which are legal and clinical reasons. Moreover, surgeons recognize and rely on the CRNA’s proficiency in anesthesiology, turning to them to understand completely any risks involved in an upcoming surgery. This is not to say that the CRNA never sees a patient directly or the patient’s family. Indeed, the CRNA must be able to quickly establish a rapport and trust with patients and their families. What makes the role of the CRNA truly exclusive, and adds to their autonomy is that their specialty commands a great deal of authority across healthcare teams. The CRNA is called upon to help in assessing patients, but also to inform and bolster the efforts of residents, and CRNA students. They teach via demonstration, not only in terms of clinical acumen, but particularly in terms of professionalism, competence and as a role model for others. The CRNA has the capability of affecting change in perioperative and perianesthesia care by not only personifying aptitude, but also by imparting their expertise clinically and not just academics. Conversely, though, many CRNAs do in fact teach and train upcoming CRNA students. The CRNA is an integral part of the surgical team, and must maintain strong ties with perioperative team members, from the surgeons to the RNs, technologists and anesthesiologists. This also means that the CRNA is a part of a different administration, separate from other clinical staff. Despite these differences, though, the CRNA is essential in terms of supporting the efforts of all nursing staff, advancing healthcare, ensuring patient safety and an overall exceptional healthcare experience for patients.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Black Jack! Top 21 Ways Customize Your Resume and Get the Interview!

You search hard for the perfect jobs to apply to.  Shouldn't your resume and other application materials be customized for each job and company/entity you are applying to?  Your application materials are a reflection of who you are, the pride you take in your work, and it is the first impression a prospective employer has of you.

Ask yourself these questions 'before' you hit submit!
1. Does my resume reflect me as an ideal candidate?
2. What was emphasized in the job listing and how did I tailor my responses and resume to meet the employer's needs?
3. Have I shown off my most relevant experiences?
4. Have I focused on accomplishments or just my duties?
5. Don't just post your accomplishments, explain how you achieved them!
6. Have I exaggerated too much or not said enough?
7. Read other people's resumes, such as on LinkedIn for similar positions.  Can I borrow or paraphrase some of the same language?
8. Have I gotten my resume down to one page?  Can I justify it being more than one page?  If so, make sure to put the most relevant information on the first page!
9. If you bullet list things, put the most important information first!
10. Get rid of resume fluff!  Get to the point and use as few words as possible.  Sound bite it!  Elevator speech it!  Give them the executive summary!
12. Avoid silly adjectives/adverbs/buzz words.  Instead, give solid examples of your successes.  If you must use adjectives/adverbs, use "power" verbs, such as directed, improved, launched, etc. Avoid job jargon, though, even if 'you' think it is more precise.

13. Use powerful words to describe your top accomplishment(s)

14.  Wherever possible, quantify your accomplishments!  Example: increased sales by 120% in first quarter on the job.

15. Don't repeat words.  Don't repeat words.

16. Divide your resume into categories such as Experience, Education, Skills, etc, but lay it out logically.

17. Ask a mentor or colleague to read over your resume and to be brutally honest.  Ideally, ask someone outside the equation to look it over and give you honest feedback.

18. Make sure your resume is up to date in terms of the people/places you have worked.  Example: has an old employer's business name, address or contact information changed?
19. Embellish your resume, but do not fictionalize your job titles!

20. Double-check all employment, education dates, and your contact information and proofread the whole thing carefully!  If you have the email address, "" consider getting a separate, professional one, such as "".

21.Save your resume as a PDF so you don't inadvertently save a mistake.  Then, save your resume with a helpful name, such as Last Name, First Name - Resume.  When submitting it, include a job id number or title in the file name if appropriate.

Do this all and Blackjack!  You will get more call backs!

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