Hometown: Sandy Hook, Connecticut
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Activities: Student Nurses' Association Treasurer 2014-15, general member prior to election; American Cancer Society Relay for Life Student Nurses' Association team captain; American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Monroe/Trumbull online chairperson; American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Danbury; volunteer archery coach for an after-school program in Woodbury; professional archer competing around the country and the world when not studying nursing; work part-time as a Student Trained Aide at Waterbury Hospital and part-time as a Medical Assistant at Canterbury Pediatrics in Monroe
Honors and Awards: Graduating magna cum laude with a 3.79 GPA;
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Alpha Chapter;
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society for Continuing Education, Pi Zeta Chapter;
National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter;
2015 Helen E. Mizer Award;
2015 Jane C. Thompson Award;
2015 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award finalist;
W. John and Ellen Hancock Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year;
Dean’s List Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014
After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in biology, Brittany Lorenti was unsure of the next path to take. "Medical school was my original plan but, after calculating costs, I decided that was not the right choice for me," she says. "After careful consideration, the biggest thing that led me to nursing was my passion to help other people. It is so rewarding and humbling to be able to care for others when they are unable to care for themselves. I know that advocating and caring for others as a nurse is what I was born to do."
Lorenti says that after being away at JMU for four-and-a-half years, she wanted to be closer to her family for nursing school, which made Western the perfect place. "Between the prestigious reputation and meeting the extremely friendly faculty, I knew WestConn was the right choice."
Lorenti says that both Professor of Nursing Dr. Daryle Brown and Assistant Professor Monica Sousa were mentors for her at Western. "Dr. Brown’s passion for helping others and her incredible talent for teaching has truly inspired me to be the best nurse I can be," she says. "Professor Sousa has also been an inspiration to work hard, network every chance I get, and never compromise my love of the nursing profession. Both of these women have always been available to give advice and push me to step out of my comfort zone and excel in everything I do. I am so lucky to have been taught by these amazing women and I hope that I can be a role model for others as they have both been for me."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Lorenti says, "My clinical experiences will definitely remain with me as I move on. I will never forget the first time I saw a baby born into this world and the overwhelming feeling of joy I felt for the family. Another memory I will take with me was observing an open-heart surgery. Being witness to such an incredible and fascinating surgery is indescribable. Nursing school has truly allowed me to witness so many things I never thought I would see. I am very thankful for the opportunity to have studied nursing at WestConn."
After graduation, Lorenti plans to work as a graduate nurse on a medical or surgical unit at one of the local hospitals. "In the not so distant future, I would like to work in the Intensive Care Unit and obtain my certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse. Another area of interest that I may pursue is a specialty in Wound Ostomy Continence nursing."
Lorenti’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “It is okay to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life right away. However, when you decide, put your heart and soul into it. Having passion for your career choice is very important and allows you to get the most out of your time at WestConn.”