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

Ever since high school, I’ve always dreamed of being a part of the medical field and providing superior health care service to patients in dire need. I immediately stuck with being a doctor, but soon discovered in community college that there are areas of specialties other than a physician. My goals are: to pursue a career that took less than 10 years to complete, but allowed me to quickly enter the field and change people’s lives. I chose nursing as a career because I enjoy the fast-paced environment and constant interaction with different patients. Most people mock nursing professionals thinking that they only clean after patients, but little do they know, nurses are the backbone for any healthcare occupation. I feel that nurses’ impact patients’ health the most since they’re the first and last faces patients encounter at any visit to the hospital. They’re the ones that are really making a difference in the community since they’re constantly on their feet, and attending to multiple patients on different floors. And I get it; most people want the easy way out, which is fine by them. However, I believe that if you’re really dedicated to the job and if you look past the salary and hours, you’ll realize how much joy and hope that spreads throughout their lives. And that’s what matters the most.

I chose to be a Nurse Practitioner so I could obtain additional licensure that allows me to legally treat patients within my scope of practice. I also plan on specializing in family medicine so I can handle duties commonly performed by physicians as well as provide counseling. Unlike ordinary Registered Nurses (RN) and Physician Assistants (PA), Nurse Practitioners are allowed the privilege to practice on their own without the supervision of physicians. Therefore, I’m much like a doctor.

Osman from Maryland
College Junior
University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON)