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