2007 Winning Essay

2007 A Nurse I Am Scholarship winners were asked to answer the following: In 500 words or less, please tell us what "A Nurse I Am" meant to you.

Lissa De Groot

Seattle Pacific University

Update 5/7/2008

I am officially 29 days away from graduating from Seattle Pacific University, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a job lined up in the Family Birthplace at Yakima Memorial Hospital in Yakima, WA. I am so excited to be going into labor and delivery!! I am preparing to finish up school, move to Yakima and take the NCLEX in the next few months.

I also got married in August 2007, and am enjoying being a newlywed!! My husband is a Business Administration major at SPU and is also graduating in June. We're excited to move on to the "real world" after college.

Winning Essay

A Nurse I Am

I watched this video in my Orientation to the RN, BSN Nursing Program at Seattle Pacific University. As I watched it, I thought of all kinds of things to write about in this scholarship essay. I thought about writing about how the beginning of a new journey the video was so meaningful to me, I thought about the inspiration of the nurses in the video, and I reflected on the importance of learning and education. Time went on and the application sat on my kitchen table, every morning as I ate breakfast I noticed it sitting there and thought to myself, “ I need to get working on that.” My page of notes from the video sat on top, and every so often I would glance at it. I decided to put it off until Christmas break.

I started my first clinical rotation in long term care at the end of October, the first few weeks were exhausting and overwhelming. I thought that maybe I wasn’t cut out for this career, and considered leaving the program. I work every evening after class, and some days just seemed like an eternity. One morning as I sat eating breakfast at five o’clock a.m., I saw my page of notes and the words that stuck out that morning and every morning after that were “STICK WITH IT.” Some days I was so tired that I thought I couldn’t do it anymore, I couldn’t take one more day of feeling like I was not making a difference. But I stuck with it and every morning those words on my page of notes encouraged me.

I made it through the first quarter and looking back, it is amazing how far I have come in ten short weeks. I have heard that 95% of the people that get through the first quarter make it to the end of the program, and that is so encouraging. I could have written this essay at the beginning of the quarter about the inspiration that those nurses had on me the first time, but now it means so much more. I have stuck with it! That piece of paper with my messy notes from the video still sits on the kitchen table, it continues to be an inspiration to me about how far I have come and I can make it. A Nurse I Am, and I can do what it takes to make a difference in the lives of so many people. It is a challenging career that I have chosen, but also it has such rewards! I have experienced the challenges of nursing school, but I have also experienced the rewards of helping people cope, of just being with people when they need you. I could not have picked a better career, A Nurse I Am.

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