Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
Nurses like that, who go above and beyond, are exactly what inspired me to become a nurse. Today, my parents and my sister are happy and healthy. They have all watched me graduate high school, and then 4 years later become the first family member to acquire a college degree. I wanted to be able to give back and show my appreciation, so after graduating nursing school I became a registered nurse in a pediatric ED in a medically-underserved community.
Working in the ED, I see many parents experience the loss of a child. It breaks my heart knowing that many of these tragic losses could have been prevented with better primary care. This further inspired me to continue on to graduate school to become a nurse practitioner, with a focus in pediatric primary care. Although I am currently only in my third year of the five-year program, I cannot wait to begin making a difference.
Amanda from Maryland
University of Maryland Baltimore