Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
As a woman of color, I value diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance. I am humbled by the chorus of vivacious disagreement in a room because to me that indicates passion and the presence of differing perspectives and experiences. As a nursing student of color I feel that I am in a position to advocate for groups that are often overlooked by continuing to push the boundaries of my educational preparation within this field. Beyond being an opportunity for personal fulfillment, the graduate school path has become instilled with a sense of responsibility for the healthcare outcomes of underrepresented groups. Developing a healthcare system for a diverse population demands an equally diverse group of healthcare professionals because diversity in healthcare professions brews innovation and facilitates the development of quality healthcare delivery systems. I hope that my pursuit of a graduate degree will provide the scaffolding to shape me into a healthcare professional that becomes an assertive voice for underrepresented groups.
Maritza from California
Sonoma State University