Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Throughout my educational career I have been blessed with having some of the most inspiring and motivating teachers. For most of my life I dreamed of becoming a teacher in hopes to inspire others. However, as I was growing up I also fell in love with the healthcare field and ultimately decided to pursue nursing. My passion for nursing has grown exponentially in only the five years I have been a registered nurse. During this time I have had the privilege of training both students and new nurses alike and it has rekindled my desire to pursue teaching. In January 2019 I secured a position at Concordia University as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the School of Nursing. I am currently teaching nursing students in their first clinical experience. This first term has been both challenging and humbling so far. Nursing is an extremely unique field in which the possibilities are endless and bountiful. I believe every individual who has a desire to pursue nursing deserves educators that are equally as passionate as they are motivating. In order to do this, it is essential that educators have the tools to teach the oncoming generation of nurses. These last 8 weeks has solidified my desire to pursue the Masters of Nursing in Education program at OHSU. Specifically, I am inspired by the educational opportunities in a lab and simulation center.
Nursing was not my first Bachelor's degree, but I finished my BSN in 2013. Unfortunately, my parents have not been in a position financially to help with any of my undergraduate education. Due to this, I have about $80,000 in federal and private student loans. I plan on continuing to work full-time during the Master's program so that I do not have to take on anymore student loan debt. I also plan on continuing to pay of my current student loans during the time I am in school. Because of these reasons, I am trying to offload any type of financial burden that I am about to take on through this process.

Jessica from Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University