Write an essay where you tell us about what inspired you to pursue a nursing degree.
Since I've become a nursing student, I've also noticed disparities in the health profession towards people of color. According to the AMA Journal of Ethics, there is a gap between the evaluation and treatment of pain between people of Caucasian descent and those of African American and Hispanic descent. There is also a disparity between White and African American women in regards to maternal mortality as African American mothers are three times more likely to die from birth-related complications. These findings have only further increased my desire to enter the nursing field and make a difference for people of color who's health related problems are often overlooked or not taken seriously. I hope to bring my awareness and knowledge to this field and make a difference by advocating for all patients, no matter their background. All patients deserve healthcare providers who listen to them and take them seriously when they present with health concerns and I want to make a change towards progress in the right direction for not only people of color, but all patients in my community.
Brittany from California
San Jose State University