School of Nursing
Class of 2012
The College is very interested in growing leaders and prides itself on
the people who go here. The faculty and staff encourage students to
participate, and take leadership roles, making sure that when we
graduate we will be prepared to take leadership roles in whatever work we do.
Jacqueline, how did you hear about the College?
I had applied to School of Nursing at CNR and also several other nursing programs, but when I heard I had received a scholarship to CNR’s School of Nursing, that decided it for me. I was going to CNR!
You have been very involved with extra activities at the College, Jacqueline. What have some of those activities been?
Last year I was on the Junior Class executive board, serving as the president. I am on the executive board of the Student Nurses Association, and the Leadership Education and Empowerment Program. I have done several midnight runs and supportive walks, like the MS walk, with the school, as well as played volleyball during my sophomore year.
How do you think the College has contributed to your involvement in these activities and giving you leadership skills?
The College is very interested in growing leaders and prides itself on the people who go here. The faculty and staff encourage students to participate, and take leadership roles, making sure that when we graduate we will be prepared to take leadership roles in whatever work we do in careers and communities.
Who are some of your favorite professors?
I would say Dr. Deborah Hunt, an instructor in the School of Nursing; she is terrific.
Tell us a little about you family and your background.
I am one of three siblings. I have a brother 28 and a sister 30. They are both married with children. I will be the only one to have a bachelor’s degree out of my siblings. My brother went through a certification program for the police academy and my sister did not complete college. My mother had a high school degree and worked as a waitress for several years, until she became sick and passed away when I was 17. She is the reason I decided to become a nurse. My father has his bachelor of science in nursing. His wife, my stepmother, is also a nurse. She is currently the health care administrator at the Frost Valley YMCA where I worked as a nurse’s aide last summer. I am happy to say that I am the third generation of nurses in my family because my paternal grandmother was also a nurse!
What are your immediate plans after you graduate?
Well, I will be working at Frost Valley YMCA as a graduate nurse. I’ll work there all summer and then I plan on moving to the city and hope to work either with Montefiore Medical Center or NYU Medical Center.
What sort of career do you envision for yourself?
My long-term plans include travel and continuing my education, possibly as a nurse anesthetist or going into nurse management. These are all goals I can achieve, I know, because of what I have learned here in the School of Nursing. I’m looking forward to my career and my future. I feel fortunately for having had my start here at CNR.