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

Throughout high school, I would devote several hours of my time to research different types of career paths. I would research the years of schooling, locations of the job; as well as the mental, emotional, and physical strengths needed to succeed in such a career. After hours of research, I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). One thing that I especially loved about being a CRNA is that there is a separation between work and family. It is very important for me that I make sure that they are separate because I grew up in a household where the two were unfortunately conjoined. Seeing my dad on average of two months out of the year since I was seven was burdensome for me, mainly because I would be in school when he’d come, so time was especially limited. I knew that the reason he was gone for so long was because he was looking for work in Nigeria to support our family. However, I still wished that he chose to work closer to home or at least stay home longer so we could reminisce in our lost time together. Furthermore, being a religious woman, I try to connect everything that happens to me as the Will of G-d, so I couldn’t help but wonder why, of all jobs that fit my simple needs and interests, my choice ended up being a CRNA. One night, I found myself re-watching videos on “the life of a CRNA.” As I was watching a short documentary, it finally hit me! One of the biggest fears in major and minor surgeries is the pain. Most people fear they’ll wake up during surgery more than they fear the actual surgery. In addition, one of the main components of being a CRNA, other than administering anesthesia to patients, is emotionally calming them down and letting them know that they’re in a safe environment. And although I know that I’ll have a lot of responsibility on my shoulders, I know that I’ll be fine as long as I try my best and constantly remember that at the end of the day, it is G-d’s Will and that I’m simply just a messenger.

Nefertiti from California
High School Senior
La Quinta High