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

"Forever Inspired,
Your Daughter"
What inspired me to pursue a degree in Nursing? It’s not what but who? Wanda Baker, My mother, is my inspiration. Beginning her nursing career at twenty, my mother has dedicated over thirty years to the field. The last eighteen years, I've personally witnessed her truly live out the cliche "It's not work if you love what you do." In her early career, my mother served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for years, then furthered her education to a technical school to become a License Practical Nurse (LPN). In this LPN role, my mother served thousands of families, patients and doctors as a devoted Hospice Nurse. Mark Twain once said “Age is an issue of mind over matter if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Despite the odds against her (raising two daughters and working full-time as a Hospice nurse) at the ripe age of forty-two she pursued her dream to become a registered nurse. At forty-six years of age my mother graduated with her Associates of Science degree in Nursing. Shortly after graduation, my mother successfully passed her state board nursing exam and now serves as a Registered Nurse. After spending the greatest quantity of her nursing career (23 years) at Hospice of Palm Beach County. My mother has made a career shift to correctional nursing as a registered nurse with the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office. My mother explains serving as a Registered Nurse at the local jail was challenging in the beginning. She furthered explained that you must put aside their crimes (or alleged crimes) and treat them solely as an individual (not as imates, yet as patients). Growing up, my mother often shared her patient stories. While listening, I would think. 'how rewarding it must be to be a Nurse.' Influenced by my mother's passion and dedication to nursing, I've made a career decision to become an Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) working in Pediatrics.

Kya from Florida
High School Senior
William T Dwyer