Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Shu Wen Cheng, RN, BSN, CCRN

University of Kansas
DNP Student

I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I was the fifth of six children. I had a natural interest in foreign places and peoples. To this end, I pursued and obtained a degree in Japanese Language and Culture and worked for an international company. Some years after I began my working life my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I took the role of caregiver and oversaw my mother’s treatment and care until she died several years after her diagnosis. Some years later I found myself married and raising two children while operating my own business when my husband had a heart attack and died right in front of me. The death of my mother and my husband made an indelible impression in my mind. Two years later I found myself in Fort Scott, KS with my two children. We all struggled to learn the language and understand the culture. I struggled to house, clothe and feed us as I worked as much as the law allowed and at the same time pursued my associate’s degree in nursing. Had I had the knowledge of life support I gained in my nursing when my husband had his heart attack it is likely he would still be alive today. I am now pursuing my DNP in an effort to give back to the people of this country in some small way what it has given to me and my children.