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

“Mr. McClure, it’s time to get you changed and your next dose of morphine.” The home hospice nurse repeated, once again, a phrase I had become all too familiar with over the past 2 weeks. The dimly lit room echoed the screams of pain as our nurse for the night attempted to change my grandfather’s diaper. As the screams continued, tears rolled down my face, and it became apparent to my family that she lacked the basic, competent skills of occupied bed making and changing a patient. Luckily, an aunt of mine was an RN and my other aunt was a CNA. Together, the two managed to get my grandfather changed, clean sheets on his bed, and assisted back to a comfort. Even though his screams pierced my heart, he managed to wake up just long enough to tell me he loved me, and I would always be his baby one last time. In that moment, I told him how much I loved him, promised him that I would be the best nurse he ever saw, and I would make him so proud.
My grandfather believed education was one of the most important things you could have, so he provided me with a private school education and sent me to college. At this point in time, I was in my second semester of college as a pre-nursing student debating on changing my major. Being raised by a single father, I watched him struggle tremendously even with the help of my grandparents. I knew that as a nurse I would always be able to find a job and would always be able to take care of myself, but I still contemplated my future career path until that night. On that night, in that moment, holding my grandfather’s hand, I knew I was meant to be a nurse. It was more than just financial stability and taking care of myself; it was taking care of others.
Watching my grandfather’s last night on this earth changed my life forever. I vowed to myself and future patients to never be “THAT nurse”. I would never be that nurse who forgot basic skills because I always delegated them to a UAP. I would never be that nurse who watched a family cry and a man scream in pain because I did not know what to do. I would never be that nurse who turned her back and walked out of a room to let it be someone else’s problem. I vowed to be “THE nurse”. I would be the nurse who knew how to do everything and never lost sight of the basics. I would be the nurse who did all she could to ease and prevent suffering of every patient and family. I would be the nurse patients and families remembered for all the good aspects of healthcare. I would be the nurse that inspired a future nursing student to write a positive scholarship essay. I would be THE nurse who made a DIFFERENCE.

Morgan from Tennessee
College Junior
Delta State University