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

The root of my desire to become a nurse first began as a young child. My older brother has had a heart condition, ventricular tachycardia, since he was born. This caused him to be in and out of the hospital most of my life. A few years ago, my brother went in for an ablation which the doctors assured us should go smoothly. However, while pulling out the catheter, they perforated his artery. This caused his heart to stop and he flat lined on the monitor. I know that if the nurses were not there with the defibrillator, my brother would not be here today. Sometimes it was hard for me to grasp the fact that all of his nurses provided care for my brother as if he were part of their family, but in reality they had never met him before. Spending time with my brother while he has been in the hospital has given me a firsthand look at the important, lifesaving work that nurses do every day. I have gained so much respect for them over the years and am passionate about becoming a nurse so that one day I can help change the lives of patients the way that my brother’s nurses have changed mine.

Gwendolyn from Pennsylvania
College Junior
Pennsylvania State University