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

When I was eight years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Since I was young, I had difficulty understanding why my mom was so sick and why my family was constantly in the hospital. The nurses’ caring and comfort went a long way in settling my mind and keeping everything cheerful for when my brother and I were there. The hospitality and kindness shown to us during countless nights and visits to my mom from the nurses of Seton Main are what originally stemmed my interest in nursing. However, it was experiences later on in my own life that led me to pursue a career in the field. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with a labral tear and femoroacetabular impingement in each hip, causing chronic hip pain. My surgeon wanted to quickly put a stop to my position as goalie on the water polo team; however, the nurse understood my love for the sport and gave me guidelines and stretches to follow if the pain got too bad while I was playing. When the day of my hip surgery finally came, I went in calm but came out screaming. I was kept in the recovery room not allowed to see my dad for hours after. All I remember coming out of surgery was this overwhelming and all-consuming pain. The only reason I got through it was the nurse who sat and talked with me, trying to keep my mind busy, and continuously reassuring me. She was caring and dutiful, combining the two most important skills of nursing. Most importantly to me, she stayed by my side and was so genuinely kind. This was the defining moment of what it means to be a nurse to me. To care for your patients so well that the unbearable becomes bearable. To be fascinated with medicine and health, but also to legitimately make a connection with your patients. To me, being a nurse means caring, not simply having good bedside manner, but real connection and kindness. These are the defining characteristics of nurses that made an impact on me and the characteristics I strive to possess one day.

Emily from Texas
College Sophomore
The University of Texas at Austin