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

Nursing, when you hear the word nursing you might think of it as a job. To me, nursing is not only an important profession, but it is a set of talents and skills that were given to you. Simply relate it to its homonym which means to breastfeed an infant. When a mother is breastfeeding her baby, she tends to be soft, compassionate, caring, and loving. Working in postpartum has taught me that breastfeeding right after birth typically hurts the mother's breasts as well as her uterus. Similarly, being a nurse is a field that requires for one to give more than they receive. It means to not only treat patients but to also care for them and their families during their hardships. It means that you value a person's life and you are able to dedicate your life physically and emotionally. Every time I walk through the hospital doors, I am filled with determination to become a nurse.

Lamentably, eight years ago my little cousin with Down syndrome was diagnosed with leukemia. Seeing what it took for nurses to be able to care for such a young and innocent human being was a pivotal point in my life. It confirmed my desire to aspire a nursing career, especially in oncology. Ironically, on April 6, 2018 my dearest nina (grandmother), who was like a mother to me, lost her battle to leukemia. I will never forget the tears on the faces of the four nurses standing in front of my nina’s bed the morning she passed away. The way they pulled their gloves off and ran off crying showed me how passionate I want to be when dealing with someone’s loved one. There is not a day when I do not think about accomplishing this goal. Not for the money and especially not for the status, but for helping others. The “thank you so much for helping me” will never compare to any other feeling. You see, I want to choose a career in which I feel like I do not have to work day in my life and this is it. I want to inspire and pave the path for future generations.

Itzel from California
College Junior
Coastline Community College