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

Despite growing up with two nurses in the house — both my mother and my older sister are RNs — I didn’t decide to pursue a nursing degree until well into my late 20s. I wasn’t sure that I had what it takes to be a nurse: the deep reserves of compassion and patience, the ability to make split-second decisions to save a life, the emotional resilience that allows you to bounce back after a taxing day. But after spending a few years volunteering at a women’s health clinic and learning about the maternal mortality crisis in America, I found that the path of nursing was calling to me. I chose to return to school to pursue my B.S. in nursing and eventually a graduate degree that will allow me to become a certified nurse-midwife.

Nurses of all specializations have the opportunity to foster self-determination and empowerment in their patients; they typically spend more time around patients (and patients’ families) than doctors do, which allows them to develop a closer bond with the people in their care. I am choosing to be a nurse, and specifically choosing nurse-midwifery as my intended advanced practice specialty, because nurse-midwives are uniquely situated to provide transformative care. Many of the moments that a CNM touches a patient’s life — such as when she is making decisions about having a healthy pregnancy, preparing for an empowering birth experience, or making family planning choices — are crucial times not only for that patient’s health, but for her identity as well. As a nurse-midwife, I want to provide support, guidance, and medical expertise during those moments, so that each patient feels informed and emotionally supported through those life changes.

Natalie from Texas
College Junior
Austin Community College