Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.

When my mom was told she was likely to get breast cancer since it ran in the family, precautions were taken quickly. What was meant to be one surgery ended up being five in a span of three years, those three years where the hardest on my family, they were physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. I almost lost my mom due to an infection heading towards her heart caused the double mastectomy surgery which lead to two more emergency surgeries to clean out the infection that seemed like It would never go away. My mom is my best friend and she is my biggest supporter but in that moment in time my mom seemed unnoticeable, she needed my support in those years as she fought with not just fighting the infection but the depression it drove her to and the faith that seemed that had disappeared. If I would have lost my mom the one thing I will always remember is her calling me her “little nurse”. I was with my mom 24/7 in and out of the hospital, I took care of her when the nurses would do their runs, and woke as the alarms would go off to rush to get a nurse in. The nurses that stood by my mom I believe were God sent as they were able to remind my mom that no matter how hard it got she had them to do the best they can do to not just help with the physical pain but help with the emotional and spiritual support. They also taught me the simplest of jobs I can do to help my mom, and that’s where I fell in love with helping people. Growing up as one of the oldest in the family, babies were brought to this world left and right and I loved it all. Therefore, leading me to my final decision in specializing in labor and delivery. Although the infant won't remember I would like to think I had helped bring life to the world and be able to help the mom in anyway I can and guide them in the best care I can, because there are going to be their babies best friend, and that friendship with last forever.

Angelina from Texas
College Freshman
University of The Incarnate Word