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

As a registered nurse I often get inspired by many things, however, nothing compares to the inspiration I get when I see a patient recover after a very long fight. The current pandemic, COVID-19, was something that the whole world did not see coming nor were we prepared for. With this being said, it has provided some of the most devastating experiences, as well as some of the most rewarding experiences I have had thus far in my career.

I work on a COVID-19 step-down unit, I have seen patients die without anyone but me by their side, I have seen patients go from acting completely normal to needing intubation a few moments later, but I have also seen many patients recover.

Throughout this experience, I have been provided the opportunity to work with many exceptional nurse practitioners and doctors, which is what has inspired me to go back to school and become a nurse practitioner. I want to be exceptional so that I can help in a way I was not able to before. I want to have the autonomy to dictate care for my patients through my education and experience I gained in the field.

Through this career, my goal is to be able to provide the highest level of care to the most underserved patients, as well as, continuing to raise the number of patients that win the fight against whatever battle they are currently facing.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my essay and thank you for considering me for this scholarship.

- Jessica Swanson

Jessica from Illinois
Chamberlain College of Nursing