Changing The World One Nurse At A Time

Scholarship Entrant: Jennifer from Germantown, TN
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 Jennifer: 49

If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be as a nurse treating Leukemia and Lymphoma patients. I was a young mother and wife, and my husband was doing quite well in his chosen profession as a civil engineer when he and I made the decision for me to go to college to become an RN. I was a sophomore when my husband was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. The day we received the diagnosis, my husband began what would be one of five chemotherapy treatments which lasted almost a year. Our entire lives were put on hold as we prepared to fight this beast of a disease.

I cannot say enough good things about the nursing staff at the hospital where we basically lived our lives for that year. They all became our family. They cried when we cried, laughed when we laughed, and were there to catch me when I would fall apart outside of my husband’s hospital door. Five of those nurses attended my husband’s funeral when he lost his battle with cancer.

I will become a nurse so that I can take care of patients and families just like ours who are going through what will prove to be the most trying times of their lives. I only hope I can give as much love and compassion as those nurses did for us five years ago.

Vote for Jennifer: 49

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