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

My biggest inspiration has always been my mother. I watched my mother struggle to financially and emotionally support my sister and I on her own. When she fell ill from coronary heart disease in 2016, my whole life turned around. I watched her struggle everyday to pull through from her triple bypass heart surgery. I was in and out of the hospital with her and it was there that I fell in love with the idea of nursing. As I watched the intensive care unit (ICU) and cardiac nurses tend to my mother, I truly fell in love with the career. I would ask these nurses questions about the career and wondered if it was the right fit for me. I was informed that nursing can be a tough job but it could also be very rewarding. While watching my mother suffer and lose her dependency from the recovery process, I questioned if I could handle a career that involved the ill and depressed. That uncertainty changed when I learned that as a nurse I would be that person who tries to aid someone's loved one back to health. I realized that no matter what, I want to be that person who is a part of someone's healing process. I then questioned the idea of becoming a doctor instead. After all, doctors are also healthcare providers. After further research, I learned that even though doctors are providing that necessary care for patients, they don't always get to experience the intimate side of health care. As a nurse I will be able to spend time and nurture my patients- meet their family, listen to their concerns, reassure them, bond with them, and build that intimacy and trust with them. I had no doubt that nursing was the right route for me. Even though my mother's heart disease was an unfortunate situation, it definitely played a huge role in my decision on becoming a nurse. The surgeons and doctors did a phenomenal job in fixing her heart, but it was those nurses who nurtured my mother back to health that stuck with me. I look forward to responsibly doing the same for someone's loved one.

Chantai from Florida
College Junior
West Coast University