Dad goes viral for heartwarming reaction to daughter's exam pass

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A supportive dad has captured the hearts of thousands after his emotional reaction to his daughter passing her nurse licensing exam went viral. 

Shannen Rosen, 26, Estero, Florida, shared a TikTok video last month of her father, Mark Rosen, crying and hugging her after she learned she had passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement to become a registered nurse. 

The footage has been viewed more than 620,000 times since it was posted on March 10, and it was actually her dad’s idea to document the milestone.  

‘I said to Shannon, “Shannon, let’s make a video of this, pass or fail. Because this will be something that you can look back on the rest of your life because this is going to be your life’s career,” Mark, 65, told Good Morning America. ‘Your kids and maybe your grandkids can look back at this video and they can cherish it.’   

Shannen Rosen, 26, Estero, Florida, shared a TikTok video of her father, Mark Rosen, crying and hugging her after learning she was officially a registered nurse

Shannen Rosen, 26, Estero, Florida, shared a TikTok video of her father, Mark Rosen, crying and hugging her after learning she was officially a registered nurse

The Nova Southeastern University graduate had passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement to become a licensed nurse

The Nova Southeastern University graduate had passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement to become a licensed nurse

The Nova Southeastern University graduate had passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a requirement to become a licensed nurse

The heartwarming clip chronicled the moment that Shannon opened her test results and learned she had passed. She was anxiously sitting in front of her laptop while her father stood behind her. 

‘Oh my god, my heart is beating out of my chest,’ she said. 

‘Just relax,’ her dad told her, supportively rubbing her shoulders.  

Shannon finally mustered up the courage to click on her results and burst into tears as she announced: ‘I passed.’ 

‘She passed!’ her father screamed, throwing his arms up in the air. ‘I knew it.’

'She passed!' her father screamed, throwing his arms up in the air.'I knew it.' He then leaned over to give her a congratulatory hug

‘She passed!’ her father screamed, throwing his arms up in the air. ‘I knew it.’ He then leaned over to give her a congratulatory hug 

Mark then leaned over and gave his daughter a big congratulatory hug. 

‘See, I told you. I told you were gonna do it. I did it,’ he said, fumbling his words. ‘You did it — I didn’t do it. You did it. All the hard work for two years. She’s gonna be a nurse. She’s gonna be a trauma nurse. She did it.’

The video ended with Mark picking up his phone to call Shannon’s mother about the exciting news. 

‘My dad is so proud,’ she wrote in the caption. ‘I’M OFFICIALLY A REGISTERED NURSE!!!! 

Shannon told GMA that she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after she graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences. After taking a year off to work and save money, she applied to nursing school with her family’s support. 

Shannon graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s nursing program four months ago

Shannon graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s nursing program four months ago

Shannon (pictured with her family) is now training at NCH Healthcare System, in Naples, Florida, as a circulating nurse, which is also known as an operating room nurse

Shannon (pictured with her family) is now training at NCH Healthcare System, in Naples, Florida, as a circulating nurse, which is also known as an operating room nurse

Her father (pictured with his children in 2015) had gotten a part-time job at Hershey Co. to help her with her finances while she was in nursing school

Her father (pictured with his children in 2015) had gotten a part-time job at Hershey Co. to help her with her finances while she was in nursing school 

Mark even got a job at the Hershey Co. to help Shannon with her finances while she was in school.

‘At that time, I was pretty much retired and I said, “I’m gonna go out and get a part-time job and I’m gonna help you. I don’t want you to stress so much on anything else but studying and achieving your goal.” So that’s what I did,’ he recalled.

Shannon, who graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s nursing program four months ago, admitted that she was ‘already crying’ before viewing her nursing board exam results because she was ‘truly convinced’ she had failed. 

Mark knew it was common for people to have to take the test multiple times before passing, and he assured her that he loved her no matter what the outcome.   

‘I was kind of preparing her for if she didn’t pass, but in my heart. I really knew she did it,’ he explained to GMA. 

Shannon is now training at NCH Healthcare System, in Naples, Florida, as a circulating nurse, which is also known as an operating room nurse. 

Earlier this week, Shannon shared a sweet'update from the proud dad' on TikTok

Earlier this week, Shannon shared a sweet ‘update from the proud dad’ on TikTok

'I'm a proud father, and for all you guys who saw the original TikTok that are in nursing school. Stick it out,' he advised

‘I’m a proud father, and for all you guys who saw the original TikTok that are in nursing school. Stick it out,’ he advised 

Fans of her video loved her relationship with her dad, and thousands praised him in the comments.

‘He’s so connected to you that your achievement was his achievement! How totally amazing! [Love] this so very much!’ one person wrote. 

‘Oh my gosh… this is the sweetest thing ever,’ another added. ‘What an amazing accomplishment!!! Congrats.’

‘You are sooo lucky!! I never had a dad growing up! Every girl should have a Dad like this!’ someone else shared. 

Earlier this week, Shannon shared a sweet ‘update from the proud dad’ on TikTok.   

‘What can I say? I am so proud of that young lady,’ Mark said. ‘My heart melts. I’m a proud father, and for all you guys who saw the original TikTok that are in nursing school. Stick it out. You can do it. I can do it. You can do it.’

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