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Finding her passion: nurse practitioner graduate puts her own illness to work

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson, a 2009 graduate of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program, has a special connection with the ill children in her care. Diagnosed with severe chronic asthma when she was 8, Jessica has spent much of her life in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals. So when she cares for her young patients, she understands deeply their experiences, including the uncertainty, fear, and desire to get back to a “normal” life.