School of Nursing

Faculty Spotlight

Donna Diaz, of the School of Nursing, teaches Quinnipiac University nursing student Christina Barbaro about patient restraints. The class took place in the simulation lab in the School of Nursing on the North Haven campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Hands-on practice

Donna Diaz, left, teaches Christina Barbaro, Nursing '18 about patient restraints in the simulation lab.

Embracing the role of educator

For Donna Diaz, a genuine passion for nursing has always illuminated the rich and diverse path she’s followed throughout her career. Before joining the Quinnipiac family as the School of Nursing’s Laboratory Coordinator in 2011, Diaz spent more than two decades serving the American Parkinson Disease Association as the Information and Referral Center’s Founding Coordinator in Connecticut, and held a variety of roles in clinical settings at both the management and staff level over the years.

“The many different hats I’ve worn during my career have provided me with innumerable insights about the true meaning of health and wellness,” says Diaz. “Care giving truly is a reciprocal process, and I’ve found that that process can teach you a lot about yourself."

Diaz brings a wealth of clinical experience to her classes, having worked in critical care, medical-surgical and community nursing in various capacities. She also spent a number of years as a staff development educator, so she knows what is required in the field, and how to get the best out of young nursing professionals.

The modern labs that Diaz oversees provide a constant flurry of learning activity, and are home to the lifelike patient simulators she affectionately refers to as “family.” Students learn in these simulation labs to dress wounds, bandage limbs, administer medication and even how to speak therapeutically to patients.

“The learning opportunities that these labs are able to provide, along with the instruction and mentoring from our talented instructors, ensure that our students will become confident and competent practitioners before they embark on their own exciting careers as health care providers,” Diaz says. “The fact that I’m able to share my love, experiences and passion for this noble profession with this next generation of nurses is such a privilege. It really doesn’t get much better than this!”

By the Numbers

40+


Clinical Affiliates

for Quinnipiac nursing students to get practical experience

5


Hospital Partners

that enable Quinnipiac nursing students to work in real-world environments

73%


Growth Rate

School of Nursing enrollment growth since 2011

School and Campus Life

Join a diverse campus community

From traditional residence halls to suites and apartment-style living, you’ll find a home on our Mount Carmel or York Hill campuses. Or you can apply to live in a unique residential community just for nursing students, where people who share your academic interests live under the same roof and serve as a support system, holding group study sessions and hosting social events.

"Living in the nursing residential community has given me the opportunity to make connections and friendships with people in the same major as me, and it's helped keep me more focused."
Jordan LaCross '17
School of Nursing

Quiet moments

The picturesque North Haven Campus offers several tranquil settings where students can study or simply recharge.

Quinnipiac University freshman roommates and fellow nursing students Shannon Oesterle (dark short sleeve shirt) and Sara Santo ((Watch Hill sweatshirt) study together Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Mountainview Residence Hall on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus. Nursing students are grouped in the Living Learning Community  to foster a strong sense of community amongst nursing students. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Living and learning

Roommates and fellow nursing students Shannon Oesterle ’20 (left) and Sara Santo ’20 study together in their Living Learning Community in Mountainview Residence Hall on the Mount Carmel Campus.

he annual American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" fundraiser @ Quinnipiac University, September 10, 2016 (Photo credit: John Hassett )

Teaming up for a cure

Nursing students participate in the American Cancer Society's annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser.

Career Development

School of Nursing on the North Haven campus. (Photograph by Rich Gilligan / for Quinnipiac University) Copyright Notice: Rich Gilligan @Hello Artists photographed in Spring 2016 for the new branding materials and new EDU website. Usage terms are: Marketing Collateral in perpetuity - e.g.-student guides, annual reports, flyers, brochures, public affairs, web/social media
In paid media – 3 years license.

Career Development

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Our recent nursing graduates had a 98% success rate six months after graduating, either securing employment in a wide variety of specializations, or furthering their education. That’s due in large part to our extensive advisory program. Throughout your time at Quinnipiac you’ll have access to on-campus career fairs, a vast alumni network of health care professionals and a range of services from our Office of Career Development, which can help you with everything from preparing your resume to completing grad school applications.

Admissions

Admissions

Connect, apply, enroll

Quinnipiac’s application process is personalized, high-touch and transparent. You’ve worked hard to get to this point, and admissions counselors are available to walk you through the next steps, and ensure that you begin your college career without any confusion or doubts.   

Centers and Resources

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Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Copyright Notice: Rich Gilligan @Hello Artists photographed in Spring 2016 for the new branding materials and new EDU website. Usage terms are: Marketing Collateral in perpetuity - e.g.-student guides, annual reports, flyers, brochures, public affairs, web/social media
- 3 years paid media.

Futuristic facilities

The high-tech Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences allows students to work with cutting-edge equipment and resources.

Your future starts here

Nursing students attend classes in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, a state-of-the-art building with sophisticated labs and cutting-edge simulation technology that create real-life work settings. These facilities are at the heart of our interprofessional approach that hones leadership and teamwork skills by placing nursing, medical, health sciences, education and law students in collaborative learning activities. Health care has advanced, and our way of educating health care professionals has advanced along with it.

Centers and Resources

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