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

“See you later.” These were my papaw’s last words to me as he drifted to sleep for the very last time. In the year 2012, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of mesothelioma. Given his prognosis, we knew our time with him was extremely limited. Most of my last memories with him were in a hospital. We went to see him every chance we got, and over this time I became very close with the nurses who cared for him. Before this experience, I knew very little about nursing. I knew they would take your temperature and give you shots. It wasn't until my experiences with these particular nurses that made me know they were much more.
Through my interactions with them, I came to realize that nurses were the true backbone of the hospital. I saw how well they managed their time by going from patient to patient while still providing the highest quality of care. I can relate this to my own life through balancing my schoolwork and my part-time job while still maintaining a competitive grade point average. I saw how the nurses stayed strong, even when everyone in the room was broken. This nursing staff exuded qualities of being professional, diligent, dynamic, and detail oriented. I know that this field would be a perfect fit for me because I put those very same qualities on display in my own life. It was a combination of all of the experiences that changed my perception of what it means to be a nurse.
I chose nursing because I love the ever-changing nature of the career. I aspire to be a life-long learner in a fast-paced environment. I know that in a field as dynamic as this one you have to be quick to act, adaptive, and ready for every shift to be different than the last. This career would allow me the chance to make a difference in people's lives, just like those nurses did in mine.

Leabeth from Kentucky
College Freshman
University of Louisville