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

I truly believe things happen for a reason. At the age of 18, I graduated high school and enrolled in a community college to pursue a degree in Accounting. Little did I know at the time, but Accounting would not be the end of my story, it was just the beginning. With free time on my hands, and being from a rural area, I joined our local volunteer fire department and signed up to take the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. We were deemed First Responders, at the time, because we offered services to the community while waiting for EMS to arrive. It was an adrenaline rush and a chance to help those that needed it, as most in the area had to wait 20 minutes or more for an ambulance to arrive. Although it was just something I signed up for, to help out my community while in school for Accounting, working as a First Responder shaped who I would later become- a Nurse. I realized quickly that accounting was not for me and that I had a passion for this type of work. I quickly regrouped and decided to pursue my nursing degree. Ten years later, I have become “Nurse Stacey” to many school children, a title I cherish. After leaving the Emergency Room (ER) where I was a nurse for ten years, I have now been a School Nurse for the past ten years, in addition to working part-time in the ER. The ER felt like an extension of my First Responder/EMT days and I loved the adrenaline rush of the acute care setting. Although the last ten years at school have been more low-key, I realize that I will forever be “Nurse Stacey”, no matter what setting I work in. Although the Nursing profession has been challenging at times, “Nursing” happened to me for a reason. The opportunity to become a First Responder happened for a reason. Nursing has become a way of life for me and that is something I don’t believe Accounting could have ever offered me. My Nursing story doesn’t stop there though, as I am always striving to become the best Nurse I can be, I am half-way through the Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) at East Carolina University. I will forever be a nurse thanks to the volunteer local First Responder program I was exposed to more than 20 years ago.

Stacey from North Carolina
College Junior
East Carolina University