I had to do a similar project in my "transition into professional nursing" class. It really helped me learn a lot about the nursing profession and how much I actually didn't
know about my chosen major. If I'm not giving you a direct answer it's because I want you to have the same experience to learn about the field you are entering! Here are some questions that I think would help you write your essay:
1. What is the difference between a doctor and a nurse?
2. Why would someone ever choose nursing school over med school?
3. Imagine for a minute that you have been in a car accident and have been hospitalized (yeah, i know it's not a pretty picture) and that you are no longer able to move your arms or legs. Also, you have lost control of your bladder and bowel movements and constantly sh*t yourself and leak urine in your bed. You try to move or clean up after yourself but you are completely dependent on someone else
wiping you and cleaning up after you.
How do you feel? Depressed? Angry? Scared/Confused?... now imagine the person taking care of you. What attributes about that person would help you deal with your state of health? What attributes would you want in the nurse taking care of you?
4. AFTER you answer these questions, watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jSHijyznyM
then think about the questions again.
I am obviously biased towards this profession and truly believe there is nothing in the world like this profession. I was on my way to med school when I decided to switch to nursing. Don't get me wrong, I respect and admire physicians and med students (they have their hard work cut out for them and make a huge difference as well), but there are some differences in the job description that made nursing the right choice for me.