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

Over the course of 26 years, I worked as a medical assistant in several different specialties, but my favorite was OB/GYN because I loved providing support to my patients and their families and sharing in their joy. Thirteen years ago, my sister was pregnant with her first child. At thirty-five weeks, she suffered fetal death. During her hospitalization, the nurses caring for her were attentive, thoughtful, and compassionate. They treated our family like we were their own and displayed incredible sensitivity to the emotions and distress we were feeling. Because of that experience, I decided that someday I would return to school and pursue a nursing degree so that I would be able to provide that same type of comfort and compassion to patients and their families.
Becoming a nurse is a second career for me and I have dedicated the past two years to achieving my goal of attending nursing school. After being a stay-at-home mom for 16 years, I returned to college in 2016 to pursue a nursing degree. I know that upon completion, my education will help me provide comfort and compassion to families going through all types of experiences, just as those nurses did for my sister.
I was accepted to the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the 2019 Spring semester. The knowledge and experience that I gain from my classes will provide for the comfort, safety and well-being of my future patients and their families. My past experience as a medical assistant will complement the nursing skills I will learn and enhance the resources and knowledge that I can relay to patients. I am also very proud of the fact that I can show my children that it is never too late to pursue a dream. They have witnessed my dedication to academic excellence and have been extremely supportive. Because of their support and my commitment, balancing my academic studies with my family life is a goal that I have confidence in achieving.

Lisa from Maryland
College Junior
University of Maryland School of Nursing