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

My inspiration to become a nurse began Valentine’s Day 2015 when my son KJ was just barely 6 weeks old. A lump was discovered between his right chest and underarm area, and quick action by the doctors at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida involved immediate surgery to remove the rare tumor called rhabdoid tumor. Collaboration ensued by doctors at Johns Hopkins, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and subsequently Texas Children’s Hospital to expedite a “protocol” for KJ’s treatment. KJ’s chances were slim for recovery, based on the statistics of an 11% survival rate for rhabdoid tumor and that no formal protocol existed for treatment of rhabdoid tumor. I was disheartened to learn that rhabdoid tumor is one of the most aggressive and lethal malignancies in pediatric oncology. The professionals who demonstrated excellence in their specialties over the following four years – doctors, nurses, therapists, medical experts, social workers, and psychologists were forthright displaying integrity and empathy. KJ's team was resourceful, highly skilled, and inventive, providing ingenuity as a treatment plan was developed for my sweet boy. The professional team, in collaboration with KJ and our family, provided an opportunity for KJ to experience life, successfully overcoming many fearful periods of nearly losing my son to this life-threatening disease.
Witnessing the miracle of my son’s triumph over pediatric cancer, due to the excellence, collaboration, and integrity of KJ’s professional team, has made me want to be an integral part of the medical profession. KJ’s team and our family worked together for a common purpose – KJ conquering cancer! The excellent team, with special admiration for the fabulous nurses, were there to share knowledge, support/talk therapy, bringing smiles and providing a vision of what I want to accomplish as a nurse – a career inspired by Kaden’s courage and will to survive.

Candice from Texas
College Junior
University of Houston