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

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be just like my parents. Both of my parents are teachers in the public school system. I had a knack for teaching, or so I thought as a young child. My parents encouraged me to explore other careers and this led me to asking my aunts and uncles what they did as a career. My aunt, who I still look up to today, told me that she was a nurse and she got to take care of mommies and babies when they were at the hospital. This sparked my interest in the medical field. My aunt told me that nursing is kind of like teaching, because you get to teach the patients all sorts of things while they are there waiting for their babies to be born. My aunt’s example of a selfless personality and my own passion for caring for others led me to nursing. After this there was never really another career that started a spark in me like nursing does.
When I was in high school, I went on a mission trip to Los Angeles, California. On this trip I was challenged to interact with people from many different backgrounds and walks of life. I learned on this trip that I was called to be a missionary and truly began to understand my heart for the lost people of this world. This caused me to think about how much nursing could mean to children in impoverished countries. Nurses are compassionate, giving advocates that do not cease to fight for their patients, even when the patients cannot themselves. Even now writing this essay, I get a sense of fire in me that continues to confirm that I was born for this role. I am not naive to the fact that nursing is tough and shifts can be long, but when I think about the impact that I can make as a nurse I am given the strength to continue. I did not choose nursing, nursing chose me!

Sarah from North Carolina
College Junior
East Carolina University