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

Since I was a kid I've enjoyed helping people, it was always a passion of mine. In high school we had to look for careers we wanted to pursue, As I researched I decided nursing was calling my name so I went and got my certified nursing assistant license (CNA) to see if this was truly the field for me. In the time I have worked as a CNA I found that the Nursing career field is one of the most emotionally and physically grueling paths there is, however it is also by far the most rewarding. Nurses are the strongest most inspiring people I've had the pleasure of meeting. Nurses are unrelenting when it comes to caring for their patients no matter who the patient is or their history: They advocate for them, give them medicine to heal, listen to them when they are scared, help them get dressed, they are the eyes for the newly blind, the voice for those who are unable to speak, the support for them and their families when it comes to difficult decisions, no job is too big or too small for a nurse. They take full opportunity to heal there patients heart, mind, body, and soul. The most powerful thing I learned working as a CNA is that, as a Nurse that everyday you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. I aspire to be a nurse like those I saw, caring, compassionate, empathetic, strong, understanding, unrelenting, and nonjudgmental. I want to not only save lives but change lives as well. To create a career where my passion for helping others can be apart of it. The Nurses I watched and patients I saw are my inspiration to pursue my Professional nursing degree. I'd like to end this essay with a quote by Florence nightingale: "Nursing is an art: and if it is to be more made an art it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painters or sculptors work; for what is having to do with a dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of Gods spirit? it is one of the fine arts: I had almost said the finest of arts."

Nicole from Florida
College Sophomore