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

When I was twelve years old my family friend broke her arm terribly in a soccer game. She had a closed fracture but she also dislocated her shoulder. She was in tremendous pain and did not understand what was going on. Unfortunately, she would return to the emergency room 3 times following because her shoulder would not stay in place. She was scared. Her friends and family were all scared. To this day, years later if you ask her how she got through it, she will say her nurse. When we went to visit her after her surgery she told us that the nurse was there every time she went in and took her case. She continued on to tell us that during her surgery the nurses shift ended and still the nurse stayed to check on her when she would wake up. The nurse completely changed their experience. My family friend said that without that nurse the whole experience would have been different and she turned it into a situation they could get through.When I heard this I knew that, that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to be there for others and help them in times when they needed it most. Helping others has always been the most important thing to me. My whole life I was told I have to take some time to put myself first more. When there was a choice to help myself or another person, I almost always chose another person. Additionally, while I was in school I realized my passion for science. Whether it was biology, chem or anatomy I enjoyed every minute of those classes. I was fascinated by the medical field. I loved the idea of a medical mystery and always loved learning about different parts of the body and how it works. Nursing was a beautiful combination of both. Nursing to me has everything that I could ever want. It is a perfect job for me and uses my biggest interests and my biggest strengths and puts them together. I am so excited for my future in nursing and can not wait to start.

Charlotte from New Jersey
High School Senior
East Brunswick High School