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Angelina Damiano ABSN ’20 in Her Own Words

“I don’t think nursing was really a “decision,” so to speak. Around 3 years old, I learned how to use the television remote. Every time my mom walked into the room and I had that remote in my hand, there was some sort of medical/operation show on the TV. My pediatrician reassured my mom to let me pursue my interests, as long as it wasn’t giving me any nightmares, which is exactly what my mom did from that day forward. Throughout my childhood, many of my family members got sick and ended up in hospitals. It was through visiting them so often that I was able to distinguish between the different roles of medical professionals, and ultimately gravitated towards nursing. I have such passion and respect for this profession and am so proud of myself (and I know 3-year-old me would be proud) that I am finally in nursing school and one step closer to achieving my lifelong dream.

Unfortunately, in the state of Massachusetts, there are very few schools with accredited accelerated nursing programs. After setting up a tour at Regis, as well as receiving a scholarship, it was all basically history from there. I instantly fell in love with the program that Regis had to offer, and I have not had a second of regret about my decision ever since.

My clinical instructor is so beyond informative and encouraging. She is the first in line to ask all of the nurses on the floor what needs to be done, so along with our actual “patient” for the day, we are also getting to experience a variety of things.

Angelina Damiano

Angelina Damiano - ABSN 2020

"My first role model is my clinical instructor for this semester. Along with being great to her students, she is phenomenal when it comes to delivering patient care. She is seriously someone that I would want as a nurse, and someone that I aspire to be like when I become a nurse myself. My second role model is [Associate Professor, Director of Regis Accelerated BSN in Nursing] Dr. [Elizabeth] Landers. The ultimate reason that I aspire to be similar to her as I advance in my own career, is because she is just a great source of information and so accommodating to each student’s learning style. As I genuinely love teaching people new things, and have been told by a number of people, including some of my professors at Regis that I am gifted in terms of educating others, I aspire to be a professor one day"

I have two major role models that will resonate with me well into my future as a nurse. My first role model is my clinical instructor for this semester. Along with being great to her students, she is phenomenal when it comes to delivering patient care. She is seriously someone that I would want as a nurse, and someone that I aspire to be like when I become a nurse myself. My second role model is [Associate Professor, Director of Regis Accelerated BSN in Nursing] Dr. [Elizabeth] Landers. The ultimate reason that I aspire to be similar to her as I advance in my own career, is because she is just a great source of information and so accommodating to each student’s learning style. As I genuinely love teaching people new things, and have been told by a number of people, including some of my professors at Regis that I am gifted in terms of educating others, I aspire to be a professor one day. After working with Dr. Landers one-on-one and watching the way that she immediately put herself in my shoes in terms of figuring out where my weaknesses are and how to tackle them, I fostered such an appreciation for her.

I would not only encourage someone to apply [to Regis], I did encourage someone to apply and she ended up getting accepted for the ABSN program starting in the fall of this year! I have gotten more than I could have ever dreamed of getting out of a nursing program, and the best part is that I’m not even done yet. The small nature of the program is great for two reasons. One, it allows for time with professors for discussions and it creates a comfortable environment where no one is afraid to speak up. Two, being such a small program, it is competitive to get into. Although this may not seem like something that is positive, if you actually do get into the program, you know that it is exactly where you are meant to be. Out of over 400-something people, I was among the 40-something that got chosen to become a part of the Regis Nursing community. They obviously saw core characteristics within me that would align with their program, and as I get to know my classmates, I see why we are all chosen. We all fit in so perfectly together and with this program, which is just another factor that makes this rigorous program that much more feasible.

I have absolutely no idea what unit I will end up in and where exactly I will be working. If you knew me, you would think that this is absolutely unheard of. In all other aspects of my life, I hate the unknown. But in my current situation, being so open to everything and by fully submerging myself in every situation, I have never been more okay with not knowing precisely what my next step is. I am learning more about myself through this program and experiences, I think that I do some of my best thinking on my feet, and that I would rather stay very busy at work than have a slow day.”

Born in Bellingham, Massachusetts, Angelina Damiano ABSN ‘20 graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2019, majoring in Health Science Studies with minors in Biology and Psychology.