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

At the age of six, I finished a bottle of children’s vitamins. My mother, filled with a mixture of anger, concern, and panic, called the poison control hotline where she was advised to rush me to the hospital. Although I was unaware of the consequences of my actions, my mother knew exactly what could have happened. The doctor told my mother that I would be fine, but she was only able to calm down when the attentive nurse was constantly reassuring my mother that I was going to be alright. I was amazed that a complete stranger could show so much compassion and confidence to calm both my mother and me. It was not until my mother had to undergo surgery and a blood transfusion due to severe blood loss that I was able to comprehend the emotions my mother had experienced that day. Again, I was astonished that the nurses were not only able to calm my mother but also keep my family calm and informed during such a delicate time. I wanted to be able to provide people with the same comfort those nurses were able to provide my loved ones and myself during such stressful and vulnerable moments.
I took my first step towards accomplishing my goal through volunteer work. Maintaining compassion and caring for others has been a deep and important part of my character, and through volunteering I am able to express these traits. I began volunteering at a hospital, where I spent most of my time assisting the nurses. I noticed how nurses were the initial point of contact when a patient is first admitted into the hospital; they were there to treat and assuage the fears of worried parents. While most of the focus was on the disease and the treatment plan; it was the dedicated nurses’ that humanized medicine and provided patients and families with the physical, mental, and emotional comfort needed to heal holistically. This experience reaffirmed my aspiration to become a nurse as it will lead my dream of comforting and empathizing with people during their moments of vulnerability and pain.

kristal from Texas
College Junior
University of Texas at Austin