Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
After nine fearful months of coping with a high-risk pregnancy, the grief continued on as six weeks later I was told that my daughter, Scarlett, would need immediate heart surgery. The cardiologist called it, “Coarctation of the Aorta.” The surgeon would be cutting the narrowed section of the aorta and reattaching it to a nearby artery.
Scarlett was only 6lbs. 2oz at the time of the operation. I was terrified. The three hours spent in the hospital’s surgical waiting room were tortuous and seemed to last for an eternity. Finally, a nurse came in to announce that Scarlett was in stable condition and would soon be transferred to the PICU to continue her recovery. I spent twelve days and eleven nights by her side, in the Pediatric Care Unit of the hospital.
Seeing my innocent, fragile daughter suffer in pain is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to endure. I soon learned that the quality of Scarlett’s nurse made the difference between having a good or a bad day. There were some nurses who were very friendly, accommodating and compassionate; and others who were distant, impatient and unhelpful. A “bad” nurse would cause anxiety, distress and frustration; yet, a “good” nurse had the ability to raise my spirits, make the stressful situation tolerable and (amazingly) sometimes even enjoyable. It was astounding how the nurses made such a tremendous impact on the entire healthcare experience.
Watching my six-week-old baby go through heart surgery was one of the most frightening experiences in my life. Although it was traumatic, I am thankful for the doors it has opened for me. I decided to pursue a career in nursing after being touched by the many nurses that cared for Scarlett after her operation. I witnessed the significance of a nurse’s role first hand. Nurses don’t make a difference; they are the difference.
Jordan from New York