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

In making my decision to return to school and pursue a career in nursing, one of my inspirations is my father. After nine years in manufacturing, he realized he was miserable in his job and left the security of his employment and hometown to move to the U.S. Virgin Islands to pursue a career in stone masonry, his passion. As a nontraditional student, I reached a similar point in my life and become decidedly more goal-oriented. I’ve had the chance to work with many nurses on a professional level. In being exposed to these great practitioners, I have learned first-hand about the quality of care they provide for their patients. This is one of the many reasons I chose Nursing over other healthcare professions.
My experience in the medical field ignited a passion within myself. After I finished my Bachelor's degree at the University of North Texas, I obtained a clerical position in a medical clinic, which furthered my interest in Nursing as a profession. I was amazed at the many duties handled by the nurses I worked with as well as their caring and work ethic. After some time, I joined a volunteer fire department and received certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. My experiences as an EMT are also responsible for my interest in nursing. I helped care for people in many types of situations. These included car accidents, to cardiac arrests, and other medical emergencies. I feel that as a nurse I could do so much more. Having seen first-hand the increased need for availability of advanced nursing care in my community, I have a fervent desire to become a nursing leader as well as a provider.
As a nursing student at the University of Texas, I’m proud to say that I’m learning what it means to be a great nurse, and how I can achieve that. Over time, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. Most importantly, I learned that, as a nurse, I want to be a constant advocate for the patient’s well-being and practitioner of the highest standard of care.

Chelsea from Texas
College Junior
University of Texas