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

When I was a little girl, I was often asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" My answer was always "I want to be a nurse." As a young girl my wanting to be a nurse just meant that I wanted to be able to care for people. I've always been the "little Mom" caring for others in my little world. I have a younger brother and younger cousins and would always make sure they were okay when they fell off their bikes or hurt themselves. That's how I earned my nickname.
Then, late in 2017, my great grandmother came down with pneumonia. She had to be hospitalized. I thought she would be okay and come home soon after. That did not happen. In early 2018 she was sent to a nursing home. My mom and I would visit her there. On my first visit, my grandmother was very upset. She told us she no longer qualified for physical therapy. She could barely walk. It was so hard to see her that way.
At a future visit with grandmother, my grandmother was happy. She was happy because she would be moving to a different part of the nursing home. In this part of the home, she would be able to care for herself more and have a dedicated nurse to assist with her needs as her health continued to improve.
Unfortunately, the nurses did not give their best care. My grandmother went downhill and eventually passed away. This experience made me realize that when I was little I wasn't just saying I wanted to be a nurse. I wasn't just the little mom. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a better nurse and give better care than what I just saw my grandmother received. I was more determined than ever.
I realize nursing is extremely hard work and I know I am up for the challenge. My goal is to be the best nurse I can be and care for each patient with compassion. I want their families to know I cared for them as I would care for my own loved one. I understand there will be heartbreaking days; but knowing I worked hard for another person, I cared for them and helped improve even just one life, will make all that pain and worry worth the journey.

Ashley from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Pope John Paul II High School