Anesthetist Career Plan

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Career Vision Is to work in a highly collaborative, interactive, and fast-paced position in an acute or perioperative setting where I can demonstrate excellence, leadership and innovation in my practice while providing family-centred and compassionate care. My ultimate goal is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthesia, by obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with specialization in nurse anaesthesia degree, focus in paediatrics. Environmental Scan The Canadian health care system continues to suffer from long surgical wait times due to anesthesia shortages, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist can help reduce those wait times and improve patient care. The DNP is a professional degree in nursing practice that is currently …show more content…

The first step is to gain admission into a DNP program. As the DNP program is not currently offered in Canada I have been researching American schools, my top 3 choices are Duke, Rush, and University of Pittsburgh. Basic admission requirements for these schools are cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (which I have), completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) ( I will write this in 2 years), and 1-2 years’ experience in an Acute Care (AC) or Critical Care (CC) setting; in addition to letters of reference, personal statements, and interviews. Currently, my priority is obtaining a position after graduation (April 2017) that is in an AC or CC …show more content…

Over the Christmas break I was introduced to the Nurse Educator in the ICU at Toronto Western, I followed up with her in January and was able to complete a number of observational shifts in the ICU to enhance learning and understanding of what is required to work in a CC setting. Currently, I am completing my 3rd year community placement at The Hospital for Sick Children, and have reapplied to complete my 4th year consolidation there. I selected Operating Room and Perioperative care as my first choice of units to be placed. By completing my consolidation in the AC or CC areas I will gain valuable experience which will facilitate in procuring a position in these areas after graduation. I have also applied for a summer position at the hospital as a clinical extern, which will hopefully assist in gain a consolidation position at SickKids in year 4. This summer I will be completing the Intravenous Therapy and Phlebotomy certification through Nurses Education. Inc. I am doing this before the start of my 4th year so I can be prepared, if venipuncture is permissible, and get the most out of my consolidation

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