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

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in joining the healthcare profession. I was always known to be someone that is amicable and willing to help others, so it only became a matter of time during my university years that I decided to pursue an industry dedicated to helping others. It wasn’t until my second year of college when I attended an American Medical Student Association club meeting, where I was introduced to an organization that would allow me to further explore my possible career path. It was within A.M.S.A. where I learned about the Health Scholar Program, which is a volunteer program similar to an internship that allowed me to gain the hands-on experience I needed for my future. I worked alongside and shadowed the hospital staff—specifically the nurses. My duties included: answering call lights, assisting patients to the restrooms, taking vitals, changing the linens, repositioning patients, ambulating patients, bathing patients, discharging patients, and comforting them in anyway, including conversing with them. I enjoyed interacting with the team of nurses and helped them care and tend to the needs of the patients. I also realized what a fulfilling profession the nursing field was. Any interaction with patients brought me much satisfaction and a great sense of purpose in life, especially the way they appreciated my small gestures of kindness. I enjoyed the amount of consistent interaction you have with the patients, especially since I am directly interacting with them their entire visit. Doctors, therapist, and other health professionals do play a monumental role in a patient’s visit to the hospital, but nurses have the potential to make the greatest impact. They are the first ones to welcome the patient, the liaison for other health professionals— and the last faces the patients remember. During my time in the Health Scholars program, I realized how much I am willing to devote myself to become the best nurse. This experience solidified my interest in the career path in the medical field, but more specifically my career path to becoming a nurse. During my time in the Health Scholar Program, I was in the middle of my bachelor’s degree. It was then, that I decided to finish the nursing prerequisites. Out of the approximate 400 plus hours I volunteered, I had gained a keen sense of what to expect in a career path as a nurse. This keenness pushed me to take classes such as anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. These classes reinforced my passions for nursing. I found anatomy to be a very insightful subject. I enjoyed learning about how the body works, the cycles the body goes through on a daily basis, and how these cycles relate it back to your overall health. The knowledge attained during these classes also helped me better understand situations that patients experienced. For example, the reason urine can be extremely dark is because the body realizes there is not enough water coming in and therefore activates the antidiuretic hormone in the posterior pituitary gland that allows the collecting duct to pull water back into the body. Also, if a person gets up and feels dizzy this can be due to low blood pressure that stimulates aldosterone to retain sodium from the collecting duct which also increases water retention and as a result increases your blood volume further bringing blood pressure back to the normal range. These little details stuck with me because I have experienced them in my life. For these reasons, I have chosen the Direct Entry Level Master’s in Nursing option to be able to continue fulfilling my passion in serving others and my devotion in excelling academically. In the future, I would love to continue my education and engage others in learning, especially those underserved. I hope to have received my doctorate degree and be a practicing Nurse Practitioner. I will continue to advance in my career to not only improve myself but the wellness of others.

Merayah from California
College Junior
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing