I also have recently started at Rochester General Hospital on 2800, a post operative GI unit. I will be closely working with Chelsea DiNardo and Zina Sciortino. I am still in my first weeks as a "real" nurse and I am enjoying all of the opportunities for teaching and improving my skills.
I want to thank the entire faculty and staff in the Brockport nursing program for really preparing me to go out in the real world and shine. I feel comfortable on my floor and I am excited to work my way up to a full patient load in a few weeks! Although junior year was intimidating at first, nursing faculty and staff were welcoming and able to help whenever needed. Clinicals were great too! The clinical instructors were concerned with what we were doing in class and they gave us lots of opportunities to practice and perform skills. Tip for incoming juniors- see and do everything that you can in clinical... you will learn more and have more fun. I feel that Brockport prepared me especially to take the NCLEX licensing exam even from the start. Most of the NCLEX was based on your ability to critically think and analyze the problem. The Kaplan review course that Dr. Peterson taught and the Problem Solving classes helped me to do this successfully. The computer based review through ATI was also helpful and the format of the questions on the nursing tests prepared me as well.
Thank you for all of your help over the past few years. I am glad to be an alumni of Brockport's Nursing Program!
I am currently a registered nurse working on a medical/surgical floor at Unity Hospital. Work is exciting and challenging at times. Even though I have finished school, I continue to learn something new each and everyday. I feel the College at Brockport couldn't have prepared me any better for both the NCLEX and the working world.
I have been privileged to work as a nurse at Unity Hospital with the Joint Replacement Center for the past 17 years. Earning and maintaining my certification in orthopaedics for the last eight years has helped me grow as an orthopaedic nurse. When the Joint Replacement Center opened, I was honored to be offered the exciting and rewarding role of Clinician. As a Clinician I am responsible for the continuing education of our staff nurses as well as speaking at orthopaedic seminars within the community. Returning to school and earning my BSN in nursing has opened numerous doors for me. The joy of being a registered nurse never grows old. The opportunities and rewards are endless. The most exciting aspect about nursing is not knowing where my career will take me next.
My name is Jessica Jackson and I graduated from the SUNY Brockport Nursing Program in May 2010. Brockport's nursing program truly helped prepare me for the NCLEX-RN exam. I took the test in June and passed on my first try and am now officially a Registered Nurse! While attending Brockport, I was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and Alpha Chi honor societies. The nursing faculty and clinical experiences gave me above and beyond what I need to succeed in this profession. I was able to participate in research opportunities and was exposed to opportunities that I didn't even realize existed. Through a Research Assistant position and independent research study conducted under Dr. Elizabeth Heavey I discovered an additional passion next to nursing, which is epidemiological research.
I am currently working on my Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Epidemiology at the SUNY Albany School of Public Health. I am a full-time student and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I am also this academic year's recipient of the Carson Carr Diversity Award. My goals as of right now are to either use my RN license in conjunction with my MPH degree to work in a Health Department or go on to do research.
Making a difference in peoples' lives and in the community has always been my dream. Studying in America, I was introduced to a different style of learning and different levels of moral thinking that broadened my thinking. After getting my associate degree in nursing from GCC, I joined RN-BSN program in SUNY Brockport. Now, I am in a position to make a difference in peoples' lives. The nursing program provided me with the education, clinical skills, and opportunities that helped me to develop the foundation needed to become a successful nurse. I have been a nurse for 5 years now. I am currently working at Rochester General Hospital as a Clinician III in a Medical-Surgical unit (4800) and will be exploring my options in California soon. I absolutely love being a nurse and cannot image doing anything else. My ultimate goal is to become Nurse Practitioner and to become involved in medical missions. I would like to help and educate people of other countries with the clinical skills I have learned and will be learning in future. I recommend the nursing program at Brockport to everyone who is planning to pursue their career in nursing. I loved all the instructors at Brockport and would like to thank them as they guided me to a successful career in nursing.
I have been a nurse for almost 3 years. I have worked at Upstate Golisano Childrens hospital and now I am a travel nurse. I am also in my second year of school to obtain my Family Nurse Practitioner Degree. I love my job! There is nothing more rewarding to me than being a nurse. I am proud to be a nurse and proud to say that I earned my degree at Brockport. I believe that Brockport provided me with the best education in nursing and gave me a strong foundation to build upon once I was out in the field on my own. I have, and always will, recommend Brockport to all future nurses. Thank you to all the staff who helped me and gave me the tools I needed to succeed.
Captain Bruce Kevin Clark died 4/30/12 while serving his country in Afghanistan. He was a loved Father, Husband and US Army Chief Nurse, known for his caring personality and his love of service. He was deeply honored to serve his country and he paid the ultimate sacrifice in his service. He was the recipient of formal honors upon departing Afghanistan in a ceremony that was very moving and dignified. Special Operations soldiers from both the United States and Australia lined up to render Captain Clark final honors. Captain Clark was described by his commander as "awesome," "a professional," and "a great asset, leader, and friend," and he noted that CPT Clark "made long days and nights a lot shorter." Captain Clark's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal. The SUNY Brockport community is proud to call Captain Clark a graduate and admire his service to his country, his commitment to the nursing profession and his dedication to his wife and children. He will be deeply missed.
Since graduation, I have specialized in pediatrics and have grown in my career working at Strong Memorial Hospital on unit 4-3600. I have remained a member in both Alpha Chi and Sigma Theta Tau. On 4-3600, I have participated in our sunshine committee to boost unit morale, created and initiated the "pat on the back" program to also boost morale and most recently published an in service for my coworkers for contact hours in the area of respiratory illnesses. I have also become certified to administer chemotherapy through ONS. Since graduating from Brockport, my choice to be a nurse has been reinforced on a continual basis! Nursing Rocks :)