Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
My first step to becoming a nurse was not my acceptance to the Nursing college at Penn State University, but when I became a caregiver to my mom after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her treatments, I was her hand to hold, shoulder to cry on, and sponge to absorb her ceaseless thoughts. She was afraid and I was afraid. The one person who was not was her very own hero, her nurse.
From the moment my mom walked out of her first radiation treatment with a smile across her face, I knew nursing was the career for me. I watched as my mom’s nurse positively impacted her experience by helping her feel comfortable and at ease with her health issue. In result, I watched my mom develop into a stronger person and turn her negative life experience, into a stepping stone in her life. This is why I aspire to be a great nurse, like my mom’s.
I hope to be the nurse to create a smile on someone’s face even through their toughest times. Nurses are as much of a hero as superman, overcoming the most overwhelming of obstacles. I look forward to encouraging and caring for patients like others did for my Mom and I throughout this tough time. I could not imagine a more perfect way for me to share my compassionate, loving, and caring traits with others in the world. These life experiences have showed me strength I did not even realize I had, and I hope to show others their capability to be a hero too.
Arli from Pennsylvania
College of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University