Professional Goals Statement - page 2

by jaylynnrn

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Can anyone offer some advice on the professional goals statement required for most application packets? I am stumped! One of the schools question is as follows: Describe your interest in anesthesia. Please describe the... Read More


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    Quote from mmc-rockstar
    Greater autonomy..blah blah blah...desire to increase knowledge/skill/scope of practice...blah blah blah....but my personal rockstar conclusion......give them a research interest (it'll impress them that you are thinking WAY ahead and not just the same mumbo jumbo everyone else will write) Good luck...and have someone smarter than you read it first!!!

    Ok maybe Ive been showing my posterior a bit here. Ill try to do what my mother always told me to do. "If I cant say anything nice then dont say anything at all".

    As to advice on the personal statement. Just search your heart and put it on paper. Dont get too carried away for magic words that will get you in. Represent yourself as well as you can.

    Here are some questions to get yourself going:

    What of your experiences as an RN has prepared you to become a crna?

    What do you know about CRNAs?

    Of what you know of CRNAs what makes you want to be like one or become one.

    What of the work is it that interests you? What are you eager to learn to do within the CRNA role?

    What do CRNAs do for the patient? How do they help?

    There...if thats not helping and constructive then I dont know what is.

    Be wary of the above from the (snicker) ROCKSTAR RN (lol). Blah Blah Blah....Mumbo Jumbo as was the advice will doubtfully get you a second glance. I wouldnt mention research unless that's really you and your desire. What you have to say about what is really you will come across as sincere. Plus youll be able to back it up in the interview. If you write something thats not you and they ask you about it dont you think youll have a hard time fabricating a decent and natural response?

    This is soul searching time. Not time for fabricating magic words that will get you in.

    Hope this helps.

    G
    Last edit by GmanRN on Oct 25, '07
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    You can be as introspective as you want. Honestly, most applicants want to be a CRNA for the same reasons and are going to say it pretty much the same way. My point is not to belittle your feelings and honest insight, but to give you a chance to stand out. CRNA is moving to DNP/ PhD so yes, it looks good to have a research interest. If you don't have one...get one. You will need it 2nd year anyway. And lets be honest, of course you want to tell them what they want to hear. You want to get into school right? If the director likes red shoes, you better be wearing red shoes when you show up for an interview. If your school in interested in evidence based practice, you better gain an interest in research.
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    Quote from GmanRN
    Ok maybe Ive been showing my posterior a bit here. Ill try to do what my mother always told me to do. "If I cant say anything nice then dont say anything at all".

    As to advice on the personal statement. Just search your heart and put it on paper. Dont get too carried away for magic words that will get you in. Represent yourself as well as you can.

    Here are some questions to get yourself going:

    What of your experiences as an RN has prepared you to become a crna?

    What do you know about CRNAs?

    Of what you know of CRNAs what makes you want to be like one or become one.

    What of the work is it that interests you? What are you eager to learn to do within the CRNA role?

    What do CRNAs do for the patient? How do they help?

    There...if thats not helping and constructive then I dont know what is.

    Be wary of the above from the (snicker) ROCKSTAR RN (lol). Blah Blah Blah....Mumbo Jumbo as was the advice will doubtfully get you a second glance. I wouldnt mention research unless that's really you and your desire. What you have to say about what is really you will come across as sincere. Plus youll be able to back it up in the interview. If you write something thats not you and they ask you about it dont you think youll have a hard time fabricating a decent and natural response?

    This is soul searching time. Not time for fabricating magic words that will get you in.

    Hope this helps.

    G
    Nicely stated Gman.

    *Soul Search* Use what you have*
    You know what you desire and you have goals... State what they are with conviction and let your passion shine through.
    Go back to basics... alturism, fidelity, intregrity.

    Write from your heart. Wait a day or two then ,edit with your mind.
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    Thread is almost 4 years old! I'm sure the OP has settled this issue, and is hopefully in school now...
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    They want to hear a statement that is well thought out and sounds like it came from someone who is intelligent and has some understanding of what anesthesia is. You could talk about some sub specialty you want to get involved in--pediatrics, ob, pain management. I don't think they really care what your answer is, just that it sounds like an educated person who has career goals. Most of the time the questions they ask is just for a down and dirty assessement of your writing skills. You would be shocked by how many statements sound like they come from somoone without any type of education. Typos, misspellings, and incomplete sentences troughout the whole paragraph. I have read a good deal of applications, and we used this as an indicator of which ones to put on the bottom of the pile or throw out.

    If the application is full of typos or bad grammar, it isn't worth keeping.

    There is nothing wrong with asking what a good response would be, or what they are really looking for. It shows you are going to put thought into your answer and not just spout out whatever comes to mind.

    I also agree that if you could mention research or something you want to do after being a CRNA then it would show some ambition and make you stand out. Though if you mention research, you had better be able to discuss what about anesthesia you want to research. They will let you dig your on hole in the interview. Don't mention anything you can't talk intelligently about.
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    Quote from GmanRN
    Youre searching for goals? Shouldnt your goals be obvious to you? Shouldnt you know without doubt why you want to become a CRNA?

    I never for a second even came close to asking someone else to help me with my personal statement. I mean after all its just that. A personal statement. I believe that a review board will know if your fabricating and just trying to sound good.

    Deciding to be a CRNA and then searching for reasons to do so seems backwards to me.
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    perhaps you should learn the difference between use of "your" and "you're" before you critique other people so harshly : )


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