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

When you ask of me about the word passion for becoming an RN, it all started when I did my mock interview right before graduation to become an LPN, and they asked the one last question. “Can you tell us something about you that is not on your resume?”

“Passion, passion is what you would see in me and not on a simple piece of paper; you definitely would never see in my resume. My passion evolves into people's lives to encourage them to be strong and keep fighting to get better. They will never be alone because we are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making sure they can rely on us and take care of them until the end.” I was surprised about my response because I was so nervous about going in front of people at times and let a mock interview with three judges evaluating me. I was told by one of my best teachers who inspired me to this day and was one of my judges say I talk way too much. I’m just that type of person who explains everything, so nobody misses out on any information and have them imagine what I'm talking about.

In the beginning, I started as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2011 and worked in long term behavioral care units to two different facilities. During my four years of experience, I grew into the nursing field and have seen how nurses make a huge part in the recovery of a patient. Being able to make a difference to every person you touch with passion, kindness, and a trustworthy attitude that they appreciate. Of course, we all get the occasional difficult patient or family, but we as nurses take an oath to ensure everybody gets the same care and attention they need. It feels incredible to have the patients feel so appreciative, and we radiate that energy and push through the day being positive.

What jumped me to upgrade my career was the month of September 2014, where my life had changed forever. Everything was completely normal until I was struck in the head while I was in a deep sleep. I suddenly woke up to find my fiancé on top of me, and no movement had occurred, for I’d say about a minute or two. I tried moving him off of me and telling him to stop playing around and that he was going to be late for work. He never moved. I then pushed him off of me, got up, and looked at his face to see him with eyes rolled back teeth clenched, and muscles contracted toward his body. With quick thinking and freaking out at the same time, I called 911 and put him to his side until he gained consciousness and for the ambulance to arrive. Once the medical response team arrived, he woke up with his left side weak. After a set of orthostatic vitals, they immediately transported him to Banner Estrella Hospital and had an MRI done. At the moment waiting in the Emergency room with him, the ED Doctor reviewed the results and informed us of a left cerebral aneurysm. We transported to Banner Thunderbird, where they did his surgery with 3 MRI safety coils place in the bulge where the bleed was present. He then moved to recovery. For two weeks, he was in close observation with two amazing RN’s who were there every step of the way, explaining every detail of what his body is going through and what nurses do. When the doctor showed up, he joked to us that this is one way of getting out of a marriage, but he did state to me that if it wasn’t for myself to be home, he wouldn’t be so lucky and survive a ticking time bomb. The doctor did tell me that if it wasn’t for me being there and taking action as a nurse to keep him alive was one in the books. I was there every day for 21 days watching him and watching the medical staff and just amazed and inspired that we all had a contribution to my now husbands' life. Even after he was discharged, I was up every hour for one week despite working a full-time job I still took the time to put an alarm every hour and ensure that he would take a particular medication and never miss a dose. I never knew when watching medical dramas, documentaries, and movies that it’d happen to us, but it did, and after that battle, he won with the result of having no deficits. It was an experience that I don’t wish people upon, but it made me realize that I saved his life and married him on 12/13/2014 with three beautiful children.

I wanted to do more and explore the nursing world after my experience. As every medical personnel, I have always told me there is still more, and we can always keep moving forward and embracing more of what nursing does. I then attended Fortis College for the LPN program and have been so blessed through my journey at Fortis. More stressful than anything but keeping the motto, “Work smarter, not harder” really came to play during my time there. I did graduate and passed my boards and became an LPN in 2015.

My first job as an LPN was at Red Rock Correctional Facility, medium-security male private prison. I know the word prison either questions or puts fear in their minds. At first, I was afraid only because it was my first time inside of a jail and working with them, providing them care did sound scary. I ended up working there for two years, and I must say, I loved going into work every day and doing my job. I kept a mental note that no matter what, I wouldn’t care about what their crimes were. Still, the only thing that matters is that I took the time to care for them and ensured they received all their medications and provide them a lot of patient education with all their medical needs. I’ve encountered a lot of nurses that would come and go, but they forget one thing, and that is we are equal, and it shouldn’t make a difference when it involved with their care. My three supervisors even told me that I show so much passion for what I do and dedicate myself to continuing to do more and become an RN. The only thing that in prison there’s no advancement but money is always great, I wasn’t there for the money, but the experience taught me a lot.

On June 19, 2018, I was involved in a significant car accident that would cost me a completely shattered knee and required an ORIF. All I could remember was opening my eyes and in a C Collar with an RN by my side. This RN was with me from my admission, through rehabilitation, and to my discharge. She inspired me because, during conversations, I would address myself as “Just an LPN” when she snaps at me with respect and tells me you’re not “just a nurse, we are the same only difference is I just have more to offer in a hospital setting.” Ever since the accident and my recovery, I moved to a different environment and started working in a high-end nursing skilled center. Where so many LPN’s and RN’s are united as a team, helping me want to learn more and expand myself to what nursing is to me.

I consider myself the most passionate person with every one of my patients; they always receive 100 percent of my attention and answer questions about things that may concern them in any way. I speak to doctors and do rounds with each of their patients and get involved in ensuring everything is excellent and in order. I guarantee that family members are treated like their loved ones with respect and ensure their needs are met; they do tend to be overly protected with their loved ones. Which there’s never a problem because I’m a family-oriented person and completely understand what they go through.

In conclusion, I kept searching and searching for what school can benefit me, especially with my kids and work life. I can be a great asset to receive this scholarship because I love to take challenges and work smarter and not harder and to keep it simply focused. I’m excited to start a new chapter and furthering my career to become the best RN I can be and to show my children to “Never rely on just one talent; we are filled with greatness and passion to the career we choose.”

OMYLINETTE from Arizona
College Freshman