Junior nursing major Diana Pernicano dressed in her scrubs for her first day of sophomore year in 2014.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a nursing major at the Mount? Knight Life recently interviewed junior nursing major Diana Pernicano to get the scoop on this popular Mount program.
Knight Life: Why did you choose to be a nursing major?
Diana: I always enjoyed learning about science and helping others. When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I was driven even more to help people feel better. Once in the nursing program, I was also diagnosed with cancer, which made me even more interested in the medical profession and why people get ill. Continue Reading
This week marks exactly six months since the Class of 2014 walked across the stage and became the newest members of the Mount Saint Mary College alumni family. Those of us who knew the amazing Class of 2014 are definitely feeling their absence this year, so we decided to reach out to some of our recent alumni for updates. In honor of their six-month anniversary, Knight Life will be posting updates from a few students each day this week, highlighting their achievements and progress since graduation.
Current city: New Brunswick, NJ
Major at the Mount: Nursing
What have you been doing since you graduated in May?
In June, I traveled to Italy with my family. It was an amazing trip and I felt like it was a great reward after 4 years of nursing school. Then I took my boards, passed, and started applying for jobs.
Currently, I feel so fortunate to be working my dream job right out of school! I am a labor and delivery nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. I love what I do and enjoy the people I work with.
What advice would you give for students in your major about life after college?
My biggest advice to current nursing students, and all students, is to really enjoy what is left of college! You will soon miss staying up all night with friends, having movie nights, doing club activities, and all the social aspects of college. You make new friends in the “real world,” but it’s different when they are your co-workers. Just enjoy having few responsibilities and don’t rush towards graduation!
Junior nursing student Bradley Moody tests a colleague’s blood
glucose level during his time with the Nursing Apprentice Program
at White Plains Hospital this past summer.
My experience at White Plains Hospital (WPH) was nothing short of incredible.
This summer, I worked two, three-week rotations – my first in the Emergency Room and the second on the 5F, or oncology, floor. I was hired there (yes, hired with pay) into their Nurse Apprentice Program for the summer to assist the nurses and nurse technicians in their daily duties, while observing their work.
As a junior nursing major, I am currently taking Adult Health Nursing and I go to clinical weekly at the Orange Regional Medical Center. I truly enjoy my time there and feel I am able to apply my classroom knowledge in the hospital setting, like when I administer medications to patients.
Doing something new at clinical always excites me, and recently I had the chance to administer the pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax for the first time. Vaccines require important paperwork and the registered nurse’s signature. Initially, the patient was not too thrilled about having a student administer the intramuscular injection, but he still allowed me to. I felt confident when I gave the injection, and afterwards, I asked the patient, “Are you alright?” He said, “Excellent job! I hardly even felt that!”