Undergraduate Student Profile: Chris Lacerenza

Submitted by Web Communications on September 9, 2006

I really believe in the whole Jesuit philosophy of being a man for others – it certainly carries over to nursing. It inspires you to be the best possible person you can be.

Chris Lacerenza

Program: RN – BSN (Nursing)

Hometown: Stamford, CT

why nursing?

With nursing, unlike medicine, I can focus on patient care. That’s what I really love. I’ve been an EMT since I was 16, so I’ve seen a lot of car accidents, medical emergencies, and trauma cases. It shows you how delicate life can be – and gives you a sense of how you can help.

why fairfield?

I went to Fairfield Prep (the Jesuit high school on campus), so I knew of the school’s great reputation and how beautiful the campus was. And I really believe in the whole Jesuit philosophy of being a man for others – it certainly carries over to nursing. It inspires you to be the best possible person you can be.

real world experience

Right now, my clinical is at a local long-term care facility. I’ve found I really love working with geriatric patients because you can pick them up just by listening and paying attention to them. I’m there when the patients wake up, and I help them shower, get dressed, and eat. Then I’ll do a full, head-to-toe assessment, which includes listening for lung and cardiac sounds, a neurological evaluation, and checking skin integrity. From that, we write a report and a care plan. You can watch all the PowerPoints you want, but the hands-on experience is totally different. At some point, you just have to get out and do it.

it’s not all about nursing

I’m a tour guide, which is fun because I get to show prospective students the parts of campus I love and give them my own personal college experience. They ask me about my professors, and I talk about making friends and hanging out at the campus center or taking a run down to the beach. They want to know about what it’s really like to live and study here, not lots of facts and figures.

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