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

I remember when I was young I would receive presents for every birthday and holiday from a lady that I had never even met. When I finally asked my mom about her, she told me that she was a patient of hers from a few years prior. This woman was very appreciative of my mother’s care and to this day believes that my mother saved her life. I was completely in awe by my mother’s story, and in that moment I knew that I wanted to be a nurse because of the way she used her abilities to impact a stranger’s life. The fact that this woman sent lovely gifts to not only me, but also to each of my siblings, displays her high level of gratitude for everything that my mother did as her nurse, and to me that is very powerful. Nursing is one of the rare careers that provides the opportunity to give back to the community and better other people’s lives. I believe that changing a life is the greatest gift that anyone could ever give. While studying nursing, I plan on taking my education very seriously in order to give patients the best experience possible. I will work on my communication skills to ensure that the patient’s needs are completely met and that everybody leaves the hospital happier and healthier than when they walked in, just as my mom has done throughout her life.

Celia from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
The Pennsylvania State University