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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!”
Programs at a Glance
Whether you’re just beginning your exploration of nursing or enhancing your skills as an RN, our programs and dedicated faculty will prepare you to assume leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, schools and private practices. And we’ll give you the flexibility to forge your own path as a nurse practitioner, a nurse anesthetist or to pursue another specialization that reflects your passion, such as leadership or population health.
We don’t believe that all learning should take place in a lecture hall. You’ll gain hands-on experience in clinical settings and have a chance to work with foreign populations through study abroad opportunities and various service trips.
We offer programs at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
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 '17School of Nursing
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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.
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
Making the world healthier
Access to quality health care is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. Our nursing students, faculty and alumni are making a tangible difference treating underserved populations, both within our community and across the globe. We conduct service trips to Nicaragua where our students work side-by-side with caregivers in hospitals and clinics. We are proud of our work with individuals who have served our country. Every semester, we offer programs that address the health-related needs of veterans and their families.