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

Shortly after moving to the United States, my mother became pregnant with me. For 11 years, it was just my parents, my grandmother, and myself. I had always wanted a sibling, and a month after my 11th birthday, my mother became pregnant with her second child. One night while we were driving home, my parents and I were in a very serious car accident. My parents and I were rushed to the nearest emergency department (ED) after being hit by a drunk driver. They were taken to an adult ED, but I was transported to a pediatric ED. Both of my parents were in critical condition, while I escaped completely unharmed. Not only was I worried about losing both of my parents, but I was also terrified of losing the sister I had always wanted. In the pediatric ED, a registered nurse spent a lot of time with me trying to reassure and distract me. She even went out of her way to stay an entire hour after her shift, until my wheelchair-bound grandmother could arrive to care for me.
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
College Junior
University of Maryland Baltimore