FORT MYERS, Fla - It's all in the family for the Wilsons.
Lisa Wilson, her husband, Scott, and their son, Brett, are all nurses in the Lee Memorial Health System, each having graduated from Nova Southeastern University's College of Nursing. It started for Lisa nine years ago after a sting in the Marine Corps, and continued this fall when Scott and Brett earned their degrees together.
"It's a family business," Lisa told WINK News. "My mother, my sister, my aunt. I just followed in the ranks."
Scott Wilson made the transition after years in the auto industry, joining his son after he graduated high school.
"I'm very proud of them," Lisa said. "Especially to have both of them - men - in nursing. It's pretty exciting."
In many ways, the family says a shared career has brought them closer together. Each is aware of the demands placed on the other. Scott Wilson was unavailble to interview with WINK News, but his son said it was great to share his experiences with both parents.
"This is the first thing I tell my patients," Brett Wilson told WINK News. "It's a really great icebreaker for patients when they find out I went to nursing school with my dad and I graduated with him."
A spokesperson for NSU's College of Nursing told WINK News it's rare to have multiple generations of one family graduating at the same time, let alone in the same program.
"We sometimes have two sisters, or brothers, or a boyfriend and girlfriend," Dr. Terry Ogilby said.
With the demand for nurses expected to grow, Ogilby say job security is a big draw for applicants. The Wilsons have another son also hoping to become a nurse, and both Lisa and Scott are continuing to further their own degrees.
"It's a good job," Lisa said. "It's a stable job. So that makes it an easy choice for them, I think."