2018 Winning Essay
Haley Cheyanne Woods
I want to be a nurse because I spent the first five years of my life in and out of the hospital; I had three open heart surgeries, one at 5 days old, one at 9 months old, and my last at 5 years old. Even at such a young age I was visiting other Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Warriors and telling them how everything was going to be okay. I have always had the love of helping others and making sure they are comfortable and okay. I had a lot of nurses impact me throughout this journey that I have been on for 22 years. And I owe a lot of my compassion, caring, and wanting to be a nurse to each and every one of them. Being a young child and having someone that would walk you through every procedure and teach you the tips and tricks on how to be brave was more than meaningful. The nurses who sat with me and my parents when things turned for the worse were able to make them better. They all made such an enormous impact on me and I want to make the same impact on someone else.