Hien “Cathy” Nguyen, RN, BSN, SNP, is not just a full-time graduate student in the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. She’s the first one in her family to earn a college degree, a single mother of a teenage daughter and the most recent Suzanne Renee Leider Nursing Award honoree. On top of all that, she’s battling cancer.
“I’ve always challenged myself in academics and in my personal life,” says Nguyen. “There were lots of times that I wanted to give up because the stress was either too high or the criticism too depressing to accept. Yet, I am still here today fighting for my dreams and what I believe in.”