Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
As I have attended countless lectures and accrued more than 600 hours of clinical experience shadowing physicians, nurses, and paramedics, I am hyper-aware that our healthcare system is not sustainable. The American healthcare system has to reform drastically to meet the needs of our demanding population by shifting towards patient-centered care with a reduction in cost, improvements in patient outcomes, and more accountability on behalf of health care providers, insurance companies, and our national government. Although I acknowledge that such advancements will require copious legal and corporate action to succeed, I aspire to join this movement towards an innovative, patient-centered, value-driven medical society. Also important to note is the absence of proactive mental health programs in America despite the outstanding proportion of total healthcare costs and other financial expenses associated with mental illness. In that regard, it should be a priority for our medical society to practice medicine in an effective yet affordable way.
Vickie from Texas
University of Texas at Austin