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

Around 2008 my dad started becoming sick. As a young child I was only eight years old, none of it made sense to me. This was the beginning of a twelve-year-long battle with Congestive Heart Failure and Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy. Throughout my early teens I knew I wanted to be able to help people like my dad. Whenever he would be in the hospital; I would observe the nurses and thought, “hmm…could that be me?” After doing a shadowing program in high school at a local hospital, I knew nursing is what I wanted to do. I worked as a nursing assistant and still do to this day at the same hospital. I could see my dad getting progressively worse throughout my gap year; never really knowing when he was okay and when he was not.Fast forward to the first day of classes my sophomore year in August 2019; my dad ends up directly admitted from a cardiology appointment to the Intensive Care Unit. This time his condition was critical; doctors gave him an estimate of 6 months to live. My dad has always been my biggest motivator, no matter what I chose he supports me. His only option was a heart transplant. The next 4 months consisted of taking the train from Malvern to Philadelphia to meet him and my mom for appointments. I was balancing my dad actively deteriorating with a fully case load of credits. Getting on the transplant list is no easy task, months of tests and evaluations proceed. No matter how sick he got, he kept telling me “don’t worry about me, I want you to focus on school.” Whenever someone who is critically ill tells you not to worry, you instantly worry. But I found resilience and turned my worry into motivation to become the best nurse I can be. February 27, 2020 at 7:47am, they made the incision that would change my father’s life forever. My dad is now 2 months post-transplant and I am halfway done with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Throughout his recovery he has still been my biggest motivator. My dad will live to see me walk across the stage at graduation.

Jessica from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
Immaculata University