I have to write a essay describing an important event, ethical dilemma, acheivement that I have faced and the impact on me.
I tried to commit suicide a year ago by overdosing and ended up in the hospital. It was the most irresponsible thing I have done in my life. I was under a lot of pressure and instead of seeking help from a friend or professional, I resorted to taking my own life. I can never forget the pain that my actions had caused my family and my self: physically and emotionally of doing such a stupid thing.
While, I was there in the hospital the nurses there knew what I had done however could not stress to me that it was the wrong thing to do. They provided me a lot of care and attention from my time in the ER to the ICU to the recovery period. It was right there and then that I looked at nurses and the hardwork and patience that have in taking care of the sick patients. I decided there that, as soon as I get out, I will try to take all the prerequisites and apply for nursing school. I wanted to be part of a profession that made a difference in someone's life. Even though they did not tell me what I had done was wrong, but it was the little things that they provided or did for me that made me see how beautiful life is and how loving people are.
I want to know I can write about this event for my essay. If so, can you please make suggestions how I can further discuss it.
Jan 29, '12
I think this is a great topic to write about, especially if it is 100% true and the real inspiration for you to become a nurse. If you are truly questioning whether or not this is appropriate to write about, you should contact admissions or whoever would be reading the essays. I think an important thing to keep in mind, is that this is a touchy subject, and although I don't think you would be writing this for attention or as a 'sob story,' people are very judgmental and you may get that reaction! best of luck!
Jan 30, '12
This is a tough question. On the one hand, I agree, it is a great story and something great to write about, as I am sure more people than will admit can relate. However...being a nurse you have to be very mentally fit. I do not doubt that this experience formed and strengthened your mental clarity, but I would be scared that someone would view me as not fit to be a nurse because of past mental issues.
Jan 30, '12
I am glad you were able to find inspiration following something so horrible...but I generally try to stay away from super controversial topics for school papers. I feel that the topic of suicide elicits pretty strong emotions that can sometimes be very negative, so if it were me, I'd avoid it.
Jan 30, '12
If this were something that happened 10-15 years ago, I'd say go ahead and write it. Although it may touch the admissions committee, it is a fairly recent event and it may bring doubts to their minds about you being able to handle the program.
Jan 30, '12
I would not write about this being a recent event. Describe it as being something that is in your past. Be truthful, but I wouldn't just out and say that it's something that happened two weeks ago. If you got help for the issue, tell them that and that the counseling you received really made you realize that this was the wrong way to solve your problems. You could also sort of switch it around to make it seem like it was someone close to you having this problem? You know..."I have this friend who..." They either get it or they don't.
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