Name: Monica Perry
Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Major: Master’s program for Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator
Clubs and activities: Danbury Hospital Patient Education Committee, 2007 – present; Danbury Hospital Nursing Documentation Committee, 2007 – present; chair and founder of the WCSU Alumni Nursing Society, 2005 – present; executive board member of WCSU Alumni Association, 2005 – present; Danbury Nurses’ Union, Unit #47, 2004 – present; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 2004 – present; member of Western CT Chapter of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2002 – present, treasurer-elect, 2007 – 08; member of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2002 – present; Student Nurses’ Association at WCSU, president, Sept. 2003 – May 2004, vice president, Sept. 2002 – May 2003, treasurer, Sept. 2000 – May 2002, member, 2000 – 05; volunteer Blood Pressure Screening at Danbury Fair Mall, 2006; volunteer at Nursing Marathon at Danbury Hospital, 2006; volunteer at Annual Children’s Day at Danbury Hospital, 2002 – 07; fundraising volunteer at local volunteer fire department, 1996 – present; raised donations for children’s presents for Christmas for Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, 2003; Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program at WestConn, 2002; volunteer and organize local Red Cross Blood Drives, 2002 & 2004; mentor for freshmen nursing students, 2001 – 04; volunteer at the First Annual Housatonic Valley Classic, 2001
Honors and awards: Nominated for the United Cultural Convention’s International Peace Prize, 2006; nominated for the 2006 Edition of Great Women of 21st Century; Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing and Healthcare, biography publication, 2006 – present; Empire Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in Healthcare & Nursing, biography publication, 2005 – present; awarded the “Who’s Who Among Students In American Colleges and Universities” award, 2004; received the Spirit of Nursing Award, 2004; inducted into Kappa Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 2004; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society member, 2004 – present; nominated for National Spirit of Nursing Award, 2004; Peer Recognition Award at CNL Student Nurse’s Day; 2003; received the Crucitti Scholarship, 2003; Ambassador of Good Will for New Student Orientation at WCSU, 2002; Grace B. Wheeler Robertson Scholarships, 2002 – 04; Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Certificate of Appreciation, 2002; Student Leadership Recognition Award, 2002
Future plans: Graduate in May 2010 and find a position to help make nursing better.
“I have always known I wanted to become a nurse. I love helping people in their time of need and making a difference in their day. I want to continue to increase my knowledge and improve my profession, which is why I returned to WCSU for my master’s. I came here because it’s local for me — the 10-minute drive from my house is great. I also knew it had a great nursing program and I saw no point paying more to go to another school when the best is in my backyard.”