About Jessica

Hi! My name is Jessica Chang, BSN RN CCRN. I’m a student registered nurse anesthetist at University of Michigan – Flint and I’m writing this blog to give my readers insight into nurse anesthesia and nursing.

I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and moved to New York City for 8 years. While there, I learned that flexibility and resiliency are important. You have to know when to ‘never give up’ and when to ‘give up and move on.’ I went to NYIT and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in December 2010. During my time there, I decided that I wanted to pursue nursing instead, and completed prerequisites during that summer and fall prior to graduation. Immediately, I attended the NYU Accelerated Nursing Program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2012.

My career started in a rehab/nursing home and transitioned to the telemetry, and finally to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).

I knew I wanted to advance my nursing degree and started to explore some options. After speaking and shadowing with many people, I felt that nurse anesthesia suited me the most. To give myself the greatest opportunity, I decided to take the GRE and CCRN. Often these aren’t requirements but it does make you stand out from the crowd. After making a list and attending information sessions, I applied to UM-Flint and got in. Now, finally after 6 months of waiting, I’m starting this journey. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives, including patients, families, and you, the reader.

There are a few things that guide my actions that I’d like to share.

  • Be honest.
  • Be kind.
  • Say hello and smile.
  • Set big and small goals and be relentless about pursuing them.
  • Don’t give up, except when necessary. Then do it with grace and have your next plan.
  • Be open to other people. Think in another person’s perspective. Listen more than you talk.
  • Experiences matter more than materials.
  • Maintaining a healthy body and being mindful is a journey.
  • Don’t be wasteful. Don’t get things in excess and know where to recycle.
  • In our society, a financial education is important. Read, read, read, and then act.

That’s it for now.

Free feel to contact me through comments or emails (jesschang07@gmail.com).




  • Hi Jessica!!! Love connecting with other RN’s! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  • Hello! Thanks for following me. I am enjoying browsing your blog. I love nurse stories. 🙂

  • Angela

    Hi Jessica,

    I’m a hopeful applicant for NYU ABSN Spring 2014 and I came across your blog. Your experiences and insight have become my inspiration as a fellow Chinese American to work hard. I stand by and agree with a lot of the issues out there today.
    NYU is my first option and I would love to hear more about your background in terms of GPA, undergrad major, and your experiences that led you to NYU Nursing.
    Congratulations on your successes so far! May your future continue to be bright and brighter for those who get to meet you in person! 🙂


    • Dear Angela,
      Thank you! I wrote a personal email back to you regarding your questions. Good luck and let me know if you need anything else.

  • michelle

    Hi Jessica,
    I really love your blog it provides me with so much information that I wouldn’t know who to ask for advice. I’m also really interested in the NYU accelerated BSN program. Can you give me more information about the program in regards of GPA, prerequisite and course work? I’m actually a BS in biology already but I have not take anatomy and physiology, what advice do you have on that? And also Congrats on your nursing journey, it’s really inspiring to find others nurses to look up to:)

    • Hi Michelle,

      Considering that you majored in biology, you may have taken a class that is similar to A and P. If so, I would ask NYU nursing admissions if that is acceptable. If they say no, then I would sign up to take a A and P class at a community college or at your alma mater.

      What exactly do you want to know more about the requirements? Be more specific as to what you’d like to know. The NYU website should show all the classes you need to take before starting at NYU.

      Good luck!

  • Making a big move to find a job is always very difficult to do. I know that getting a job as a new graduate nurse is really tough right now and actually found a website that might help nurses find their first jobs. Could be of interest to your readers – http://www.rndeer.com

  • GReat blog 🙂