Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
From a young age, becoming a nurse was the only future that my mind could fathom. When migrating to this country from Venezuela, I experienced some events that helped discover me this future. In college, I grew to acknowledge my story and affirm my passion for nursing healthcare.
Nurses are the foundation of any clinical setting; grounding patients and their families. At age nine, a hospital visit my brother and I explicitly recall was my mother’s laparoscopic surgery; our fearless hero was going to be cut open. My troubled self was comforted by two pre-op nurses, Sarah and Yesenia, who allowed me to help them distribute blankets and food trays. Although horrified, I still felt useful and that I made a difference. Since then, I became aware of my purpose in this world: serve others who are physically unable to care for themselves, like these two nurses.
In college, I provided practical assistance to a homeless shelter in my community and encompassed my empathetic values while doing so. As I spent time with this population, I learned that the brick walls that we encounter in life show us our true motivations to achieve a certain goal. If the brick walls were not there, one would not be pushed hard enough to chase his/her dreams. I resonated with this concept as I have experienced many brick walls throughout my academic and personal life. As an undocumented, first-generation student, I understand the obstacles that one can face when wanting to pursue a seemingly simple goal, such as my desire to become a nurse.
A career in nursing ideally combines the concept of hospitality with the science of the human body. As my passion for community and medicine grew, I knew this path was for me. My narrative has motivated me to pursue following personal achievements: continuing to study and become a nurse practitioner, serve underprivileged mothers and infants in developing countries, and, through it all, practice clinical care with sincere intentions of helping others.
Lisbeth from Florida
Miami Dade College