Alumnus follows grandfather’s Forester footsteps

For Jessica Muoh, nursing was the perfect path for her to merge two of her passions: studying science and serving others.

“It just made absolute sense to me to pursue it,” she said.

And she decided Huntington University was the place she wanted to achieve her goal of becoming a nurse. Hailing from the Republic of Benin, West Africa, Muoh followed in her grandfather’s footsteps and came to the States to attend Huntington University.

“When it came to me studying in the United States, it just had to be here,” she said.

Muoh found her niche in the nursing field while she was completing the program’s clinical rotation during her last semester at HU. When observing interactions between the Lutheran Hospital’s ICU nurses and their patients, she fell in love with the department.

 After graduating in 2012, Muoh moved to Orlando and began working at the Florida Hospital in the progressive care unit. She cares for four to five critically-ill patients each night.

But first, she arrives an hour before her shift begins to familiarize herself with her patients’ medications and diagnoses and to get reports from her fellow nurses. When her shift starts, you can find Muoh administering medications and offering education to patients and their families.

“It’s a never-ending journey until it’s 7:00 the next morning,” she said.

Even though she recognizes her job “isn’t always a bed of roses,” Muoh said it’s worth the stress and long nights to connect with patients who need her help and allow her the privilege to serve them.

“It’s been quite an adventure – even more awesome than Orlando’s Universal and Disney Park rides!” she said.

Muoh said she began to appreciate her experience as a Forester when she entered the workforce.

“It never occurred to me how lucky I was to have been part of it until I moved to Florida,” she said. “I loved the class size, the professors, my fellow nursing students and the campus. HU nursing is just unique.”