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

From about the age of three, I have had an interest in the medical field. I would watch labor and delivery shows on TV every chance I got and learned so much from them. I had cousins born when I was 3 and 9, and sisters born when I was 5 and 13. I was even in the room during delivery for my youngest sister. By the time I reached high school, I had no doubts about the path I wanted to follow.

During my senior year, I saw another side of nursing. My grandmother, who had been on dialysis for over four years, become critically ill, spending over two weeks in ICU before the family finally chose to withdraw life support. I learned through that experience that nursing wasn't just about holding cute babies and celebrating. It was also about helping families through the hardest days of their lives.

Nana's nurses did more than maintain IV's and monitor her heart rate. They listened to us, answered our questions, and gave advice on how to handle our situation. When it was over, they brought us several copies of her EKG showing her final heartbeat.

During my senior year of high school, I interned at a local hospital in the labor and delivery department. I saw the things you would expect--happy families with cuddly little babies--but I also saw the tough side of things. I saw babies born addicted to drugs, and their families were so messed up that they couldn't or wouldn't even hold them. I spent a lot of hours rocking babies who had no one else to rock them.

Now that I am in nursing school, I'm seeing even more of my career from the inside. I'm learning to put together all the things I've seen since I was a toddler. I'm loving my clinical and skill time, and even the long nights studying are very fulfilling.

I can't wait to be a nurse to help my patients and their families.

Brianna from Kentucky
College Sophomore
Big Sandy Community & Technical College