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

If, as Prospero claims “we are such stuff as dreams are made on,” then my calling is clear. I have been privileged to be involved in many different parts of healthcare. I started volunteering in the Emergency Department when I was 18 years old and since then have served as a nurse in the emergency department, working at an organ procurement organization, as a critical care paramedic, a CPR instructor, and as a researcher for an AIDS clinic. Since my early years as an adult, I have felt a calling to help people and that calling as only increased.
My family has always encouraged me to follow my dreams, to be bold, and to work as hard as I can. I have now found my life’s work in nursing but still make time for things I enjoy and believe in such as being on the board of directors of a philanthropic leadership foundation, running races for organizations I support and am involved in, training new Emergency Medical Technicians at the local Fire Department where I am an EMS captain, or being a medical specialist for a Federal Emergency Management Agency to help the nation in a time of natural disaster. I continue to be committed to helping support new medical students on a busy surgical service or helping a neighbor deliver food for Meals-on-Wheels. Even with many activities, I have found time throughout the years to continue my education and training to meet my goals in life.
I now work as an Acute Care as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner, at the University of Maryland Baltimore, where I also received my education. Working with pre and post-transplant patients and their families, I see how critical it is to collaborate with my fellow medical teammates but also spend time with these patients in clinic to support them through this lifelong process. I am a lifelong learner and want to continue to make a contribution in my practice and for the city of Baltimore. I hope in five years I am not only working in a clinic but also participating in research.

Suzanna from Maryland
College Junior
University of Maryland, Baltimore