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"Why I Want to be a Nurse" Contest

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Tell us why you want to be a nurse!

In an effort to keep the spotlight on the nursing shortage, the College of Nursing began sponsoring the "Why I Want to be a Nurse" contest in 2002. All South Dakota fifth graders can submit a 150-word email essay that answers the question, “Why do you want to be a nurse?” We chose to have students send an email submission because it supports the use of technology in the schools, plus the project gives young students an opportunity to fine-tune their writing skills.

The "Why I want to be a Nurse" Contest provides an opportunity for students to begin thinking about a career in nursing. Fifth grade students have the opportunity to earn a monetary gift for college tuition while practicing their computer and writing skills. 

The contest is open to all South Dakota 5th grade students. Students are invited to participate by writing a personal essay responding to the statement, "Why I want to be a Nurse". 

The essay must include the following

  1. The student's own understanding of a nurse's role.
  2. The student's description of the work done by a nurse.
  3. An explanation of why the student wants to be a nurse.

Evaluation criteria

  1. Individual, thoughtful response.
  2. Written using correct grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  3. Double spaced, 100 to 125 words in length.

A deadline will be posted next spring for the spring 2019 contest. Please check back then.

The Prizes

  • 1st Prize | $100.00
  • 2nd Prize |  $75.00
All prize recipients will receive a copy of their essay, College of Nursing t-shirt, and a certificate of participation. The College of Nursing will recognize recipients and present awards at each student's spring awards assembly during the month of May.

Questions? Contact:

If you have questions about the "Why I Want to Be a Nurse Contest", please contact Sherry Asper, Senior Secretary of Nursing Student Services.