Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized what I wanted to do with my career. After joining a small group in my church and taking a spiritual assessment test, I realized my number one spiritual gift is mercy. Working in retail doesn’t allow me many opportunities to utilize that gift. The idea of becoming a nurse has been in the back of my mind for years, and this spiritual assessment helped confirm what I wanted to do. Now I know. I want to be a registered nurse. I want to care for postpartum mothers and their babies.
Caring for other people is one of my strongest core values. I remember how vulnerable I was postpartum. It was a very scary time for me, as I’m sure it is for most new mothers! I had great doctors, but my nurses were the ones that cared for me the most. I want to be able to do that. I want to help new moms with compassion and empathy.
I am a 33 year old wife and mother of 2 young children. Going back to school was not a decision I made lightly. I value the time that I have with my family and going back to school costs me precious time with my little ones. As difficult as it is to set aside time for my education, I believe that becoming a registered nurse will allow me to provide for my family while contributing a service that is valuable for our society. Becoming a nurse will give me more opportunities to learn. There are so many unique skills to learn and fields that are available for nurses.
Becoming a nurse will allow me to utilize my spiritual gifts by caring for others, have more secure employment to support my family, and broaden my skills and opportunities. Changing fields mid-career is one of the scariest things I’ve ever decided to do. However, once I’ve decided something I am very tenacious. I believe that I have been called to help and heal mothers and babies, and I have faith that God will lead me to the employment where I will have the greatest impact.

Hannah from Kansas
College Sophomore
University of Saint Mary