Jessica Norton received an Edith Anderson Membership Subsidy this past year and joined the Beta Psi Chapter. She took some time to answer a few questions about her nursing and Sigma journey so far.
What has your nursing journey been so far? Why did you become a nurse?
My journey as a nurse is just beginning, as I graduated nursing school in June 2023 with a BSN from Oregon Health & Science University. After obtaining my license, I plan to enter a nurse residency program in the emergency department of St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon.
In a few months, I will enter graduate school at Oregon Health & Science University’s DNP PMHNP program. I decided to become a PMHNP because I am passionate about mental health. I have experienced first-hand the impact access to mental healthcare resources can have, and I want to be part of the effort to expand access, especially in rural Oregon.
Why was becoming a Sigma member important to you?
I felt honored to be invited to become a Sigma member by our chapter leader, Patty Barfield. I decided to join because I felt it was a great opportunity to grow as a leader in the nursing profession.
You’ve already taken a leadership role with your chapter, Beta Psi, by leading a campus-wide fundraiser. How did that go?
A few months ago, Beta Psi Chapter organized a socks and underwear drive on campus. We collected around 100 items and distributed them to our local domestic violence and homeless shelters.
What are some of your favorite Sigma benefits?
My favorite Sigma benefit is being a part of a greater community of nursing leaders. It has provided me the opportunity to become more involved in the health of my community and has challenged me to grow professionally.
Outside of nursing, what are some of your favorite activities?
Outside of nursing, my favorite activity is growing and taking care of houseplants. I have an indoor greenhouse cabinet where I grow a variety of rare tropical plants, mostly anthuriums. I am also a lover of birds and enjoy spending time with my budgie, Einstein.
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