Nursing Student is Grateful Recipient of the Florence Nightingale Student Nurse Award for Nursing Excellence

Jaehwan Oh said he was very shocked but grateful when he found out he won the Lorain County Community College Florence Nightingale Student Nurse Award for Nursing Excellence at the spring Nursing pinning ceremony.

Jaehwan Oh

“I didn’t realize this award existed. But when I read the program and I saw this award listed I thought it was for an instructor,” Oh said. “So I didn’t expect it.”

Oh, whom his friends know as ‘Daniel’, said he is very honored to receive the award. “This award motivates me to pursue this demanding career,” he said. “I’m still on fire.”

“Daniel has met the challenges of barriers such as language and trying to fit in to the American and LCCC nursing culture,” said Nanci Berman, assistant professor of Nursing. “Daniel set a high standard for himself and helped to motivate those around him.”

Daniel, 30, is an international student from Seoul, South Korea. He will be earning the associate degree in Nursing from LCCC on May 12. He already has bachelor’s degrees in theology and international politics from Yonsei University. He also did two years of military service in the South Korean army.

“Having earned the degree in theology is very helpful in nursing. It helps me put into perspective the meaning of life and death, which is really important in nursing,” he said.

Politics helps him understand the dynamics of working in groups, especially small groups. “Yes the knowledge may not be directly related, but the intuition and perspective I learned from those two majors will help me in a nursing career,” he said.

Daniel chose nursing because one of his sisters is a nurse in South Korea and he has observed the positive effect she has on her patients.

He chose LCCC because his other sister attended LCCC before going on to Kent State University. “She recommended LCCC and I’m glad I came here. I have such great classmates and great instructors,” Daniel noted.

Being an international student has it’s own set of challenges and first and foremost is the language. “English is my second language and even though I spent a lot of time in Korea learning to speak English, it’s still not enough,” he said. “My classmates were very tolerant of me asking questions again and again so I could understand my studies.”

Daniel, who has been in the U.S. since 2013, lives in Elyria with a host family.

“Janice Bryden (an LCCC employee) is my host and she is such a wonderful lady,” he said. “She is one of the reasons I stayed in the nursing program. She makes me a better person.”

The Florence Nightingale Student Nurse Award for Nursing Excellence is voted on by the LCCC nursing faculty. This is the second semester that the award has been given out.

“The student earning this award exemplifies the work of Florence Nightingale and demonstrates excellence in the clinical area caring for patients and as an emerging professional who we all welcome as a future leader in nursing,” Grady said. “This individual represents, in their actions and behaviors, that nursing is an art and a science.”