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