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

Through curious eyes I watched in amazement as a premature infant was taken from his mother as she grimaced in pain. His fragile body deformed from underdevelopment, saturated in his mother's blood lay lifeless in a plastic bin. All of the discussions in my clinical rotations class did little to prepare me for the unfortunate ending of the birthing process. During the labor I stood watching attentively as the RN I was shadowing held the womans hand. Soothing words, tight squeezes, screams of pain, and later silence- a 20 week old baby who would never breathe fresh air. While some would turn away in horror, I felt a compelling urge to help the struggling infant. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a neonatal nurse. As a student with high self expectations, I have consistently pushed myself to take as many rigorous courses available to expand my knowledge and become well versed in a multitude of subjects. At my highschool, I was given the opportunity to be in a clinicals rotation program the entirety of my senior year of highschool. It is in this class where I shadowed nurses and doctors in fifteen different medical fields, given the opportunity to collect the experience of what it is like to be a caregiver. While immersed in this environment it didn’t take long to realize that a person writhing in pain didn’t want another strange face popping in their hospital room, but instead a person with a genuine interest in how they were doing- someone compassionate and willing to construct an interpersonal relationship. As I witnessed the good and bad sides that come with being a nurse, I was surprised at the powerful emotions I felt when being with a patient. Through these feelings I discovered my desire of becoming a neonatal nurse to work as a team player, overcoming unforeseen challenges to reach a common goal to treat vulnerable newborns with the highest quality of care.

Bailey from Texas
College Freshman
University of Texas at Austin