Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn.
WCSU Degree: Master's in Nursing, APRN
Activities: Adjunct Clinical Instructor, WCSU
Honors and Awards: Nightingale Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau
Laura Giovannoli has been a nurse long enough to see how the field has evolved, which will come in handy in her role as an adjunct instructor of nursing at Western. The Ridgefield resident earned a nursing diploma in her 20s from the Mount Vernon Hospital School of Nursing, and after seven years working as a nurse, Giovannoli went to Rutgers University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. Since then, she has worked as a medical/surgical nurse, a dialysis nurse and a home care nurse.
When Giovannoli decided to further her education, she enrolled at Western. "WCSU offered the program I was looking for, with a convenient location, class times, and affordable per-credit cost," she says.
Giovannoli says that college is very different for graduate students than it is for undergraduates. "Despite the fact that as graduate students we don't participate in sports or clubs, we have a culture of support and sharing of information," she says. "Most of us grad students work, have families and attend school; life is full! And at this portion of the program we add on three semesters of clinicals — working a minimum of 180 hours per clinical semester — in addition to our previously mentioned responsibilities. The professors are all supportive and help us to be successful."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Giovannoli says, "It has the be the friendships made with my peers — other professionals working towards the same goal. In one particular class, we had a group assignment that still makes me smile when I think of it!"
After graduation, Giovannoli plans to sit for and pass the APRN boards and practice in her new role as an adjunct instructor. "Possibly pursuing my doctorate," she says.
Giovannoli’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Reach out for support when needed; you can be successful!"