I took a health occupations course my sohpomore year in high school. Decided on nursing for many reasons, one of which is that it offers so many diverse areas to specialize in. My senior year of HS, I wrote an essay to get a scholarship
for nursing school. I did whatever I could to get cash, parents were not in a position to help me financially, it was all financed by hard work, loans, and supportive encouragement from family and friends. Senior year of my BSN program landed me in a SICU rotation and decided that was the place for me. Few years later, needed to further my education and again looked at the options. Anesthesia gave me the best of autonomy, independence, and potential income to recoup my educational expenses (still had BSN loans to pay off). Finished anesthesia school, love my jobs. Not a typo, I work full-time at a large hospital, do officed-based anesthesia few times a month, and will do an occasional locum tenens assignment. A few years after I finished anesthesia school, I was visiting my parents and went through some papers in a box. I came across that essay. The last sentence read that I would pursue higher education beyond the BSN, possibly as a nurse practitioner or as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.