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

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Gandhi is one that I live by and wear on a ring on my right hand daily. This quote acts as a reminder for many hardships I have faced in my lifetime and acts as a reminder as to why I chose to pursue a nursing degree. Having worked in a children’s hospital for two years as a financial specialist I was fortunate to be able to work with school board officials to bring primary health care services to elementary schools for children to access. As I began working with underserved populations I began to see a gap in health care between social classes. A gap in basic primary care services which were a necessity to well-being and were being delivered as if it were a privilege, rather than a right. Seeing families having to choose between a doctor’s visit and food on the table was devastating. This sense of uneasiness left me leaving meetings wanting to be more than just a voice at a table brainstorming how to recruit resources to make change happen; I wanted to be the resource that made the change happen. I was consistently craving quality over quantity. I truly wanted people to experience value-based health care and better health outcomes, rather than pushing for our hospital to increase profits or working to reduce cost in relation to volume of patient visits. The entire reason I originally began in health care was to help others. Not willing to sacrifice quality of care for profit, is what drove me to nursing.

Brianne from Virginia
College Junior
Virginia Commonwealth University