WCU-OC Alumni Understands the Importance of Emotional Care in Nursing

Megan D.

Nursing became Megan D.’s passion after watching the care her family member received while being treated for cancer.

“The nurses cared for him beyond the physical. They cared for him emotionally and they really got down to his level and made him feel comfortable even in his last days,” she shared. “That’s what I want to do with my life.”

Megan later made the decision to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. While studying, she began volunteering at an occupational therapy clinic and discovered a love for working with children. 

“I got to understand how they work and how important it is to talk to them with care,” she said.

Now a West Coast University-Orange County alumni, Megan is taking her passion to a leading pediatric hospital, where she’ll be working on the oncology floor.

“I’m really excited to just kick start my nursing journey,” she said.

Her advice to future nursing students is to not give up on their goals, even when things get tough.

“When they say nursing is a rough road to go down, they’re not kidding, especially if you throw a pandemic in the middle of it,” she said. “But through perseverance and having this one goal in mind, it really helped me to push through.”

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