Students in the Sim Lab

RWJ Round One

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Randy Arguel:

I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BS in Medical Microbiology, and from Keller Graduate School of Management with an MBA in General Management. For the past fourteen years, I have worked as a scientist and reagents manufacturing supervisor in the clinical diagnostics and biomedical research divisions at Beckman Coulter, Inc. Through volunteerism, I have explored my potential as a clinician; working at a group home for developmentally disabled adults introduced me to a broad range of medical problems and treatment plans, and my experiences at the VA Medical Center and St. Jude Medical Center as a nurse aide volunteer gave me the opportunity to work in a geriatric setting and intensive care unit. Ultimately, with my science and research background, I would like to be a nurse scientist, conduct valuable research studies, and teach nurse scholars – an important role given our shortage of nurses and nurse educators.

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Christopher Chang-Ross:

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Los Angeles, California. My work experience has included holding leadership positions at a start-up youth development organization for Filipino high school students, working as a researcher and program manager for Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and analyzing education policies devised to improve teacher quality in high-poverty public schools. Most recently, as a clinical research coordinator, I collaborated with board-certified physicians to conduct clinical trials for adolescents and adults with various psychiatric disorders. I have a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in history from Duke University.

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Cindy Chaves:

My name is Cindy Chaves and I consider myself to be a quite diversified individual. I am often seen as a joker, and most people wouldn't guess that I worked on Wall Street as an Analyst. I also danced at Radio City in the Nutcracker. My dance instructor taught me the 4 D's (Desire Devotion Dedication and Determination). I have lived by those four D's (in that when I desire, devote, dedicate and am determined about a thing, I can achieve it). For fun, I like to snowboard, mountain bike, rock climb, draw, hike, camp or go to a yoga class. I believe in God and feel he works through all of us.

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William Clark:

My name is Bill Clark and I am a retired public school administrator who just moved to the Rochester area 2 years ago with my wife Pat from the Long Island, New York City area where I lived my whole life. I earned my doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies but I’m very excited to be called nurse instead of doctor! I am currently an online graduate professor for Stony Brook University. Pat and I have 3 married children and 3 grandchildren. I can’t wait to get started!

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Hannah Dominick:

I took the scenic route (train) here from Eugene, OR where I was a clinic assistant at Planned Parenthood. I feel worlds away from the Pacific Northwest but, if I can adjust to the long winters, I hope to stay here beyond my first year in order to pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner degree. I would love to eventually take my nursing practice abroad, and have a special place in my heart for India. I have a BA in Political Science, but my interests are varied and I have always been fascinated by the human body. Some of the things I am hoping to squeeze in during this hectic year are hiking, cooking, sleeping and a good novel!

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Sara Fagan:

I graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. During school I participated in musical theater, juggling club, intramural basketball and soccer. This past fall, I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, to improve my Spanish. It was such an amazing experience traveling the country (Galapagos and the Amazon jungle) and volunteering in a children's hospital. My main interest is in pediatrics and in the future I would love to go back to South America on a nursing mission of some sort.

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Marlena Fisher:

I graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Society. I participated in an internship in the health and human services department, focusing on poison control and prevention in Concord, New Hampshire. I also played on the University of Rochester varsity basketball and lacrosse teams. My future goal is to become a nurse in the Emergency Room and then work towards getting my Masters in Forensic Nursing or Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

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Michelle Jiang:

I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a major in Public Health and Education. After graduation, I worked in the California Public Health Department, microbiology division. I also have a strong interest in health care policy and management.

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Samantha Jones:

I graduated from Hobart and William Smith in 2005 with a BS in Biology. I grew up in Lyons, NY as the seventh of nine children. For the past six years I have been a certified respite for a family care home. My passion for helping others has fueled my desire to pursue nursing, and my ultimate goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. I look forward to starting this journey with the rest of you!

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John Millspaugh:

Prior to beginning the APNN, I worked in brand management for large companies including Colgate Palmolive and Constellation Brands. I have an undergraduate degree in Communications from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children; mostly working on projects around the house, playing sports or exploring nature. I also volunteer time coaching and serving on a board for a non profit organization. For a variety of reasons I have decided to begin a new career in health care and I am excited to become involved in direct patient care. I am confident that I will find this decision fulfilling and rewarding.

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Nic Nguyen:

I graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. I enjoy doing anything active, trying new foods, traveling, and learning about different cultures. I have worked numerous jobs (too many to even count really) but my most recent jobs are as a caregiver at an HIV/AIDS hospice for low income individuals and as a weight room coordinator/personal trainer at the YMCA. My goal in life is to be able to serve underserved populations, especially minorities, and eventually move on to become a nurse practitioner.

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Chinwem Nwanyanwu:

I graduated from St Joseph’s College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and a Master of Science degree from New York Polytechnic University in Organizational Behavior. I worked as a Job Opportunity Specialist for New York City Human Resources Administration. I currently work as a Child Protective Services caseworker in Administration, for Children’s services. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the nursing program and I am eager to explore all areas of nursing. My long-term goal is to become a nurse practitioner.

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Cristopher Palomino:

I was born in Lima, Peru and came to Burbank, CA when I was 13 years old. After high school, I attended University of Rochester and graduated with a B.A. in Biology, May '08. After completing this program, I plan on working in Acute Care for a year and entering a Nurse Anesthesia Program. My plan is to go back to California and practice there. I love the beach scenery, camping, and any kind of outdoor activities in general. Rochester has been great to me and vey welcoming, but really looking forward to starting a professional career in California and enjoying the warm weather ;).

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Alison Perry:

I grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and just graduated from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Last year I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, while working on my degree in psychology. I’ve spent the past 4 summers teaching preschool which has led to my interest in pediatrics.

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Allison Seiden:

I am graduating this year from Rider University with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in health administration. I decided my sophomore year that I would rather help people then study them and became interested in the accelerated nursing program. I grew up in a small town but have been lucky enough to have a lot of experience volunteering and working in hospitals and a nursing home in both New Jersey and New York City. The gratification that comes with helping people is something that I truly value. I feel extremely lucky to be able to help people with my profession for the rest of my life.

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“Every course I’m taking is so applicable. I love learning the ‘why’ behind everything now. It’s one thing to give a diuretic and know how it affects the patient, but it’s another to take a pathophysiology course and understand what’s happening in the body.”
Ann Zimmerman, BS, RN, ’16 graduate of the RN to BS program
Golisano Children’s Hospital Nurse Leader, Center for Nursing Professional Development