The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholar Program recognized Eric Harvester, a Creighton University accelerated nursing student, as one of its February essay contest winners. Harvester's essay, which describes how the profession is more of a calling than a job, was one of three selected submissions.
The essay contest asks NCIN scholarship recipients to describe their individual beliefs about nursing through stories of why they wanted to enter the field, what they've learned, who has inspired them or what they want to contribute to the profession. NCIN scholars are nursing students in accelerated baccalaureate or master's degree programs in nursing.
Harvester's essay focuses on his hopes for the industry as a whole.
"It does not seem fair to me that our country spends so much money helping out so much of the global population, but all too often the basic needs of our own people are overlooked," Harvester wrote. "I do not see myself starting a revolution to change what I view as social injustice. Instead, I would like to address the problem one patient at a time."
Harvester hopes to one day work as a primary care nurse in either an extremely rural area or a very large urban setting, where he can provide medical care to people regardless of whether or not they have money and insurance.