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

When I was 16 years old, I was in a car accident on my way to school. Being in the hospital was an overwhelming experience that became less traumatizing through the care of my nurses. Each of the nurses’ compassion towards my situation reassured me that I would be alright. They also eased my parents’ minds by communicating empathetically yet professionally so they understood my condition. This is what first piqued my interest in becoming a nurse.
From then on, I heard testimonies from friends and family about their nurses. These stories helped develop the thought of becoming a nurse into an ambition. I heard stories from my ballet teacher on her cystic fibrosis, my uncle on his liver failure, and my sister on her intrauterine insemination. However, the story that pulled me into nursing was from a friend who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 14 years old.
When his peers were worrying about acne, he was worrying about his T-cell count. He was not expected to live 6 months, but instead lived 14 years past his prognosis. He said some of his best sources of support were his nurses. They were able to understand his situation in an empathetic manner and talk to him as a person. When providing cares, it can be easy to focus on the disease and not the person behind the disease. Ensuring the patient is treated kindly and as a whole person makes all the difference in successful treatment. He unfortunately passed from a lung infection while he was receiving chemotherapy last year. A week before he passed he made me promise to follow my dream of becoming a nurse.
The day after I heard of his passing, I enrolled in the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant program and started researching Nursing school options. I have been a CNA for 8 months now and am enrolled in the BSN program at Rasmussen College. I know I will be a great asset to my community as a nurse by continuing to be a passionate, empathetic, well-trained individual and know I would benefit greatly from this scholarship.

Sara from Minnesota
College Freshman
Rasmussen College - Bloomington