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

Growing up, my grandfather was my father figure, my biggest influence, and my best friend. He was the person who took care of me as I grew up and the person who went to every softball game or award ceremony.
Going into my senior year of high school, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. This brought my world to a halt and I no longer had a focus on school, but my priority became taking care of him. I missed a lot of school taking him to chemotherapy, radiation, and would stay with him for days at a time in the hospital when he would get sick. During this journey of being in and out of the hospital, we quickly caught on to which nurses you didn’t want to be on shift and realized who our favorite nurses were and why. The ones that took the time to get to know him as a person and not “just another patient”, the ones that remembered he loved Disney and would draw little Disney characters on his board in his room every day, the ones that smiled at us and appreciated my grandfather’s jokes, the ones that truly advocated for him and recognized his wants and needs. These were the nurses that turned a somber experience that felt like the end of my world into a more comfortable and bearable situation.
While it was difficult and I had no plan for my college or career future, I was able to graduate high school with my grandfather able to watch me walk across the stage. A couple of months after I graduated, my grandfather passed away. It was not until then, that my calling truly dawned on me. I now had a newfound passion to become the “good nurse” to other families who feel like their world has stopped while the rest of the world is still moving, the nurse who makes a difference in a patient’s hospital journey, the nurse that makes the patient and their family feel like they are not alone in this experience, the same nurses that were there for me and my grandfather. I want to not only be the best care provider I can be but also be my patients’ biggest advocate

Megan from Florida
College Sophomore
Advent Health University