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

Teaching has always been my calling. After I completed each year in grade school, whether it be the first, sixth, or tenth grade, I would always say, “I want to be a 'blank' grade teacher.” The next question was which subject I should seek to teach; this question was simple—science. It was eleventh grade when I first considered becoming a nurse. I thought to myself, “I have always longed to care for others and I love education.” Once I told my parents of my future career, my father was immediately against it. He would tell me that I should become a physician’s assistant instead. He could tell me all he wanted, but my mind was set. I knew nursing would be the career for me, and I would do whatever it took to reach my goal.

I could go on to tell you about how in high school my sister received a diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis and I cared for her, but that is not where my inspiration comes from. My inspiration comes from myself -- my hard and thorough work ethic, my longing to become a light for someone in a dark place, to watch people grow and heal, and to promote the highest quality of life for others. The day I got accepted into the VCU School of Nursing program my freshmen year of college was the happiest day of my life. Ever since I started the program, became a care partner on the Acute Care Surgery unit at VCU Health, and became a nursing tutor, I knew I chose the right profession. I could not picture myself doing any other career. Whenever I am working, it hardly feels like “work” at all. I am happy. I am making a difference in strangers’ lives.

I am a current senior and I graduate in May 2019. I plan to pursue a registered nurse position in the neonatal intensive care unit at VCU Health and go back to school to receive further education. I eventually want to become a nursing professor and teach nursing students. I continue to be inspired every day by my patients to perform the very best care I possibly can, and they teach me so much each and every day.

Megan from Virginia
College Junior
Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU School of Nursing