Dr. Patrick Hickey, a nursing professor at the University of South Carolina, recently completed a book titled, “Seven Summits: A Nurse’s Quest to Conquer Mountaineering and Life” about his personal challenge to climb the world’s seven tallest mountains. He said he used his quest to climb these mountains to draw attention to the world’s shortage in nursing. All proceeds from the book will go to two nursing scholarships. One is a USC scholarship and the other is a national scholarship. The USC scholarship has already been endowed and the national scholarship is awaiting funding from the book.
Hickey says that we all have our own Mount Everest to climb. “You know, when I do my presentations I talk about personal challenge,” said Hickey. “I like to tell people the Everest I climbed was a 29,035 foot rock, basically.
“When I do my talks, there are probably people in the audience that have much bigger Everests then I’ve ever had to climb with heart disease or cancers. I try to put it into perspective.”
Hickey said his quest to climb the seven summits has allowed him to give back to another passion of his. The mountains were already a quest,” he said.
“With only two of three (mountains) to go, I decided to take advantage of my climbs to bring attention to the nursing shortage. I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years so I’m passionate about nursing. This a great opportunity to take advantage of, especially the completion of Everest, which I became the first nurse in the world to climb the seven summits of the world.”
Hickey says his next challenge is to complete an Iron Man race.