Hometown: Brewster, N.Y.
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Activities: WCSU Student Nurses Association, Big Brother Big Sister Student Nurse Mentoring Program. Volunteered at Putnam Hospital in the transport department, Faith Church in New Milford for Hurricane Sandy Relief, and at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association Health Fair. Worked part time at Lamothermic Corp., a company that makes investment castings, from 2009-2013; working part time since 2013 as a certified nursing assistant at Benchmark Senior Living The Village of Brookfield Commons.
Honors and Awards: Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing since junior year, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, recipient of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Award at the School of Professional Studies Honors Convocation
Before enrolling at WCSU, Melissa Noach started to pursue a degree in nutrition at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She decided to change her major to nursing when she realized that her main passion in life is to help others. "There is no better feeling than going to bed each night knowing that you made a difference in other people's lives," she says. "I think it is the most rewarding career out there. There are also endless learning possibilities, so I know I will never get bored."
Noach decided to transfer to Western because of the reputation of the nursing program. "When I toured the school for the first time, everyone in the nursing department was very friendly," she says. "Dr. Joan Palladino, the chair of the department, assured me that WCSU has an excellent nursing program. She also was kind enough to go over the requirements with me. WCSU has had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX, and as a student looking for a nursing school, this was an important factor. I also was originally attracted to WCSU because it was close to home and affordable."
While a student, Noach has worked part time as a certified nursing assistant at Benchmark Senior Living The Village of Brookfield Commons and says she really enjoys her job there. "Taking care of others is a wonderful feeling. Even when I leave this job to become an RN, the residents I have met and taken care of will always be in my heart. They have truly touched my life. If I could go back and change anything in the past about nursing school, I would have obtained this job sooner."
Thinking back about her instructors, Noach says, "Adjunct Professor Eileen Campbell had the biggest impact on me. I had her as an instructor for both Med-Surg 1 and 2. She was always available for help and welcomed all of my questions. She gave me advice and guidance on so many things, from how to attach the pedals on a wheelchair, to how to give an injection, to what to wear on my first nursing interview. She really pushed me to my limits and showed me what I was capable of. Her constant support always kept me pushing through this challenging nursing program. She always believed in me. Not only is she a wonderful professor and nurse, but a role model for me as a woman in general."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Noach says, "All of my clinical experiences were memorable. I especially loved Labor and Delivery with Dr. Carol Avery. One clinical night, I was able to see a cesarean section performed. It was absolutely amazing to stand right next to surgeon and see it all happen."
After graduation, Noach plans to pass the NCLEX exam and get a full-time job as a registered nurse. "Ideally, I would like to gain experience in the medical-surgical area."
Noach's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Stay focused on your goals and don't let anything get in the way."