Each year, the Connecticut League for Nursing asks senior nursing students in each Connecticut school to select a member of their class who they feel exemplifies the qualities of competent and compassionate care, accountability, leadership, respect for individuals, teamwork, and a commitment to nursing.
This year’s winner from Fairfield: Alexa Hoehne ’12, a Farmington, Conn., native who is spending her transitional semester in the surgical ICU unit of the West Haven VA hospital.
“Fairfield’s School of Nursing has so many great students – many of whom exemplify the criteria of this award, so I feel very thankful and honored to have been nominated by my fellow classmates,” Hoehne says.
Though she chose Fairfield University first and foremost for its nursing program, Hoehne was also impressed with the number of extracurriculars available to her. “I was on the rowing team in my freshman and sophomore years, and have been involved with the Student Nurses’ Association,” she says. Last year, she participated in a service trip to Nicaragua, and this semester will be part of a JUHAN (Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network) trip to Joplin, Missouri.
“It’s quite a nice honor to be recognized by one’s peers,” adds Assistant Dean Terry Quell, Ph.D. “This award recognizes leadership, a skill that’s so important as nurses are the lynchpin of the healthcare system. It’s up to them to pull together the information from the doctor, radiologist, pharmacist, and others for the good of the patient.”
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