Meet the Class of 2014: Jessica Jocoy

IMG_6923Name: Jessica Rose Jocoy
Hometown: Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Major: Nursing

Q: How would you describe your experience at George Fox?

A: I am so grateful to have had the experience to complete my nursing education at George Fox University. I originally was uninterested in attending Fox because I had lived in Oregon my whole life. However, in the fall after high school graduation, I found myself in Newberg and surrounded by Christian professors and students; I fell in love with the school. I had the privilege to meet students from many different locations and be part of a tight-knit group of friends. One of the things that I will remember the most is the beauty of the quad, whether it be the flowers in the summer, green grass in the winter, daffodils in the spring, or the melodious chimes of the clock tower. The professors at this school have also had a big impact on my life. They taught me how to think independently, be committed to a life of learning, and have shown me how to apply the knowledge that I have obtained. My nursing school experience is one that I will never forget. It tested me in every way possible but I feel that it has prepared me for my practice as a nurse and it has made me continually reach to be a better person. I will never forget all of the memorable moments that I have made at George Fox University.

Q: How have you changed or grown since coming to George Fox?

A: Comparing freshman year until now, I feel that I have grown into a much more mature, independent, confident and educated woman. When I first came to Fox, I was resistant to the change and found it hard to adapt to living on a dorm floor with over 20 girls, living away from my family, and cramming my brain full of anything nursing related. Every year brought its new challenges, obstacles to overcome, and a search for who I really was and was becoming. My first two years I struggled with not knowing what to major in and I felt the absence of God’s directing voice. I was accepted into nursing school my sophomore year and since I didn’t feel that I was being called to another profession, I decided to dive right in. There had been times when I was so down and overwhelmed with nursing that I just wanted to weep (and I did occasionally). However, I wouldn’t give the experience up for anything else in the world because it has helped me find myself and God’s purpose for my life – to share His amazing love with my patients. It taught me how to persevere in difficult times and to have passion for what I do. I love nursing because it challenges me to think critically and work diligently caring for those around me. God, my wonderful professors, family and friends have helped guide and support me through all of my schooling and this year I have finally found the confidence that I was looking for. I have identified the areas that I still need to grow in and I will continue to practice God’s will through my calling as a registered nurse. I feel ready to take on the world and be a light wherever I am needed.

Q: What’s next?

A: In the very near future (hopefully in June) I plan on passing the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse – finally! I would then like to obtain a job at a hospital either in the Portland area or out of state. I would like to work on a medical-surgical floor to begin because that area of nursing lays the foundation for all other specialized nursing care. I enjoyed my labor and delivery rotation while in school and would like to transfer to this type of unit after a few years on the medical-surgical unit. In the future, I plan on applying to grad school to pursue a master’s degree in nursing and possibly obtain my certified nurse midwives license. Ever since I was young I have felt God’s calling to be a missionary abroad and so someday I plan on doing so while also aiding people holistically with my nursing skills. My ultimate goal for my life is to help heal and direct those in need by caring for them with compassion and telling them about Jesus Christ.