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

When I reflect back on my life, there have been many moments that have compelled me to become a nurse. But I choose to remember this one specific, five minute event that happened in the middle of an insignificant and mundane day to define who I am today, to decide the course of my life, and to immensely increase my determination to succeed in my career path. During senior year of high school, I was accepted to be a student in Clinical Rotations. This was a class that allowed driven students who had an interest in healthcare to experience the medical field first hand. We were able to shadow healthcare professionals at hospitals. I experienced everything from patient care communication to being in the same room as a surgeon performing a thoracentesis. On the day of the significant event, I was shadowing a nurse on the Rapid Admission Floors. We had a patient who was going to hospice due to unforeseen complications. After taking care of her for a while, her daughter came in to talk to the on call physician and nurse in order to understand the complexity of the situation. After an informative conversation, the daughter looked directly at me with a look in her eyes that I can never forget. She extended out her arms and much to my surprise, pulled me in for a hug and whispered to me, “Thank you so much for taking care of her.” I don’t remember how long the hug lasted, but I remember the overwhelming feeling of appreciation and pride that I felt. Even though I was still only a student, I felt proud to wear my scrubs. I felt proud to stand in front of a patient with good intentions. I felt proud that I was part of the healthcare community that has the capabilities of bringing an immense amount of positivity to individuals who desperately need help that only healthcare professionals can provide. Before this profound event, I already knew I was going to obtain a job in the healthcare field; however, now, I am determined to have a career instead.

Michelle from Texas
College Freshman
University of Texas in Austin