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

When the world around you is so full of vice, so full of hatred, intolerance, injustice, apathy, pain, and suffering, how does one respond? Some try to block it all out. Some say it’s not their problem. Other simply do not have the ability to do something about it. My reaction to this is that I simply must help people suffering because empathy is quintessential in what makes us human, and responding to that empathy is to demonstrate the pureness and capacity for good that humans can do. Humans have shown themselves to be both the most kind hearted creatures and the most cruel, and I chose to be the kind of person who fundamentally is the type that keeps us going forward. It is our nature, this trait, that is the difference between barbaric anarchy and the social contract that says we are all human and deserve to live comfortably. When one looks at the model of empathy, what do they see? I believe that a nurse is the best example we have of what humanity looks like. To be able to see one suffering and not want, but need to help them is my drive to pursue nursing as a career. To ignore this humanistic paradigm is to ignore what nature has made of our kind. Therefore it is imperative for me to turn my passion into something tangible that can extend to and have a life changing effect on others. The care a nurse provides is more than slapping a bandage on a wound and calling it a day. Nursing is a myriad of extensions to reach the quality of life sought for the individual lying on the hospital bed, which includes physical and mental well-being, both crucial to comfort in the individual. Emphasis on compassionate care in response to several physical and mental sicknesses what separates a nurse from a Good Samaritan, and this is what I strive for. It’s not just some thing I want to do in my free time, it’s a way to live, to give back to the society I participate in. The empathy I feel is absolute in my decision to become a nurse!

Peter from Massachusetts
College Freshman
Anna Maria College