Gina Trovato '13

Senior Gina Trovato remembers the moment when she realized she wanted to go into nursing.

Trovato and her mom, an intensive care nurse, were talking about her career ideas and it suddenly became clear. "She is my inspiration for going into nursing," Trovato said. "Be the person you admire."

In high school, Trovato loved her chemistry courses and considered studying engineering in college. Two summer programs helped her realize that a career in the medical field was a better fit.

She liked the idea of being constantly challenged, while also being able to help people. "I just loved that idea," said Trovato, a student in the University's Honors Program. Plus, she likes the flexibility offered by the nursing field. "There are so many areas of nursing you can go into. That's why it's such a great profession."

Trovato's clinical experiences as part of the BSN program have allowed her to explore her options. She knows she'd like to start her career in a hospital setting, but hasn't decided on a specialty area.

During a summer internship at Greenwich Hospital--"a phenomenal experience," she says--Trovato shadowed a nurse for a 12-hour shift, three days a week. As a student nurse intern, she had plenty of face-time with patients and hands-on opportunities, such as taking patients' vital signs.

Trovato chose Quinnipiac because of the facilities and the faculty. After touring the North Haven Campus, she saw that Quinnipiac offered the "best technology and the greatest nursing minds." 

Outside of class, Trovato serves as the president of the QU Student Nurses' Association (QSNA). The group organizes a host of events and activities for its members, including volunteering at the West Haven Veteran's Hospital and taking part in flu shot clinics and health fairs on campus. Each fall, the group prepares Thanksgiving food baskets for local families in need.

This year, the group plans to take a more educational approach to its meeting by distributing articles on the latest nursing research to members.

"We believe the practice of 'staying current' is important to start as early as possible, as nursing is a commitment to the phrase 'a lifetime of learning.'"
September 2012
 

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