My Dream of Becoming a Neonatal ICU Nurse

Scholarship Entrant: Leslie from Jacksonville, FL
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Leslie: 18

I have wanted to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse since I was 18 years old. At that time, I worked in a Nursing Home as a CNA and realized how much I loved caring for other people. I cherished the bond I had with my patients. I also became aware of the struggle I had coming into this world. I was 2 months premature and had to be resusitated and received a blood transfusion. If it were not for the wonderful nurses and doctors I may not be here writing this essay today. I want to be able to deliver the care that could change a newborn’s prognosis and promote a long and healthy life. I’m known for putting myself in other peoples shoes. So I’m always considering how I would want myself or a family member to be treated in any situation. Some people simply get caught up in their own frustrations to remember the golden rule. I feel that once I become a nurse I can make a change by being a role model to my coworkers. Also, remind them just how important they are. I believe that most adults get caught up in the day to day routine of their jobs that they tend to forget that they are important and they are making a difference in peoples lives. Being able to help bring a newborn from the brink of death to going home with it’s parents would give me the greatest feeling of accomplishment.

Vote for Leslie: 18

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