Briana Oster is no ordinary nursing student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. What sets her apart is that “your heart’s gotta be in it”, says Oster, which is the advice she would give other nursing students. Nursing school in particular is difficult, and “motivation alone may not get your through”. You have to have “passion and work ethic” re-emphasizes Oster, “to accomplish your dreams”.
Her inspiration for servant leadership in nursing came from when she was shadowing other nurses at the Heartland Children’s Home, which is a foster home for children who are medically fragile in Boerne, TX. Oster states that “I originally wanted to be a pediatrician, but when I saw the nurses there and how much they cared about the kids and wanted to help them, I was inspired to pursue nursing instead.” From there, Oster enrolled in nursing school, and had the opportunity to volunteer at a camp this past summer that caters to children with special needs who might not have the opportunity due to their medical issues. “I fell in love with it”, Oster says, “I loved being there with the kids and seeing how happy it made them.” When asked why Oster felt it was her passion to help others, she responded, “I feel that we are in this together, and to get through life we should all help and support each other along the way.”
Briana Oster is the most recent recipient of the $2000 Nursing Scholarship from FundforThought.com. Fund for Thought awards over 48 scholarships to undergraduate, graduate, and international students based on their essay submission. To submit your entry, visit www.fundforthought.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. The next scholarship deadline is November 30, 2016.