" I’d always dreamed of becoming a nurse and knew Pace was going to give me the tools necessary to make that dream a reality. "
– Andrea Michele Alicea, Class of 2021

Program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN4)
Hometown: Trumbull, CT

I chose the Pace College of Health Professions nursing program for the direct admit aspect and the high NCLEX passing rate. I’d always dreamed of becoming a nurse and knew Pace was going to give me the tools necessary to make that dream a reality.

When I visited other schools, I was told that those who intended to major in nursing should have a Plan B, in case they did not get into the program. In that moment, I realized I didn't have a Plan B; I didn't want to be anything other than a nurse. So, when I visited Pace and found out it was a direct admit program, I knew this is where I wanted to be, and after meeting with the CHP faculty, I knew I would be supported every step of the way.

My transition from high school to Pace was a pretty smooth one. Having classes such as UNV 101 and having a peer leader provided the tools and resources needed to succeed at Pace. Through UNV 101, I was able to meet my advisor, create a resume, and begin using the tutoring center. The outpouring of support from the CHP faculty and staff also assisted in the transition process. Knowing that they would be there to help me really contributed to my success.

My favorite class had to be Canines Assisting in Health, with Dr. Singleton and Pawfessor Spirit, Pace’s own golden retriever service dog instructor. In the class, I was able to learn more about the importance of service animals, and, as a healthcare professional, how I could better support my patients and their service animal, as well as how I could be an advocate for those who require one. This class was extremely hands-on, and we actually were able to present our initiative on how the shops and businesses in town could be more service animal accessible to the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce.

As part of the program, I've had clinical rotation in mental health, pediatrics, obstetrics, medical-surgical, and critical care at numerous sites, including Westchester Medical Center, Northern Westchester Hospital, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Maria Ferrari Children's Hospital, and New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan. This past summer, I was able to precept as a Student Nurse Intern at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on an acute rehabilitation unit. Many of my patients were stroke survivors, and as a stroke survivor myself, these patients held a special place in my heart as I was able to relate to them on a personal level. Through the precepting experience, I also was able to better my communication skills between patients and the intradisciplinary teams, as well as further my clinical skills under the supervision of a registered nurse. As I completed my internship, I was even offered a position when I become an RN!

I’ve also taken advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities CHP has to offer. I am in Future Leaders in Health Care, National Student Nurses Association, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, National Residence Hall Honorary, Clifton Strengths Coach, Resident Assistant in the first-year residence hall, and a Welcome Center Ambassador.

When I graduate this May, I hope to return to Connecticut and work for the Yale New Haven Health System.

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