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Nursing Student and Alumni Profiles

From international internship experiences to student organization leadership, hear from current and recent students about their experiences in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Kristen Furey ’17

Kristen Furey poses in front of an ornate door in Rome, Italy.

Kristen Furey poses in front of an ornate door in Rome, Italy.

From a semester abroad in Rome, Italy, to three-year involvement on the Orientation Team, nursing graduate Kristen Furey ’17 made the most of her time at Fisher. Her advice for first-year students is short, but sweet.

“Be yourself, have fun, stay safe, study hard, and be a part of your Fisher family,” she said.

And, during her time at Fisher, she managed to do just that. The Greece, New York native has a passion for health care, and took advantage of the many opportunities afforded her in the Wegmans School of Nursing. Kristen served as an intern with the Nurse Family Partnership with Monroe County, and as a member of the Nursing Honors program, she conducted academic research her senior year.

“I was very passionate about my major and loved any opportunity to learn more about it,” she explained. “Watching nurses at work showed me just how incredible these people are. Using so much knowledge and being able to connect with people in such a vulnerable situation is a career I want to be a part of, and Fisher’s nursing program gives you the tools you need and more.”

Elizabeth Hall ’17

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

Former student ambassador Elizabeth Hall ’17 tells perspective students on her campus tours that the best thing to do once at Fisher is to get involved.

“By getting involved, you’ll feel more included and part of the Fisher community. Study hard, but also make time for yourself and to have fun,” she said, adding that there’s no better place to do that than the Donald E. Bain Campus Center. “The Campus Center is the heart of Fisher’s campus; students are constantly there hanging out and having a good time.”

Elizabeth’s four years on campus included serving as a wellness peer educator, member of the Teddi Dance for Love committee, and Orientation leader, among other activities. As a nursing major, she took a leadership role in the Wegmans School of Nursing, serving as a class representative in the Student Nurses Association.

In the classroom, Elizabeth said a service-learning project in the Palliative/End of Life course through the nursing program exposed her to a completely different type of nursing than what she had previously experienced in her clinical rotations.

“Throughout this course, I learned what it is like to be a nurse at a Palliative Care facility - there you’re not just caring for the patients, you’re also caring for their families and loved ones,” she explained, noting that one of her favorite parts of the profession are the many different paths a nurse can take. “After this experience, I would absolutely consider a position in Hospice or Palliative Care, whereas I might not have without this hands on experience.”

Lindsey Michaud ’17

Lindsey Michaud

Lindsey Michaud

For Lindsey Michaud ’17, losing her grandfather to cancer during her senior year of high school inspired her to help others who have been touched by the disease. 

“I wanted to do something for his legacy, do something that would make him proud,” said Lindsey, who was instinctually drawn to Fisher’s Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) club.

Through CAC, she took a leadership role with the College’s annual Relay for Life, serving as co-president for two years, and as a senior advisor in 2017. In Lindsey’s four years with CAC, the group raised more than $86,000 through Relay.

A nursing graduate, Lindsey’s education allowed her to put that desire into action. Shadowing nurses in the oncology unit at Unity Hospital, and working with hospice patients in the Webster Comfort Care Home through a service-learning course, her community service and education paired together to prepare her for a career with the Wilmot Cancer Center. She now works on the sixth floor of the center, in the bone marrow transplant unit.

“The amount of patient and family interaction nurses have on those units puts us in the position to make a difference every day in someone’s life,” said Lindsey. “You get very close and you get to know your patients well. It reminded me of my family members who had cancer and the nurses that were there for us. Nurses are the people on the forefront with the patient and the family.”

Gwen Olton '12

Senior Consultant, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

Gwen Olton

Gwen Olton

Gwendolyn Olton landed her first job before walking across the stage, thanks to her clinical rotation experiences at Rochester General Hospital, St. Mary's, and the New York State Department of Health. She was also able to show valuable global experience from her undergraduate education, as she traveled with her professors and peers to Kenya in 2012 where she worked in makeshift clinics for underserved communities.

She started as a nurse coordinator for Residential Treatment Facilities at Hillside Children's Center and also worked as a care coordinator for Bay Creek Medical Group before joining Coordinated Care Services, Inc. She said the Wegmans School of Nursing prepared her for the challenges of complex care management.

"I'm so happy I chose Fisher for a nursing degree. The professors are amazing educators with a passion for what they do. The clinical experiences were relevant and eye-opening, and the classes were engaging. It's an amazing program."

Aura Rivera ’18

Aura Rivera

Aura Rivera

Aura Rivera ’18 has done a lot in just three years at Fisher. In addition to dancing with student club Arts in Motion, and serving as a manager for the Donald E. Bain Campus Center, the junior nursing major is a mentor for first- and second-year students in the Higher Educational Opportunity Program.

And, the New York City native has managed to engage in not one, but two study abroad trips, including a semester in Perth, Australia and a week-long course in Fiji.

“Fisher gave me the opportunity to engage in the most life-changing experiences of my life,” she says.

Along with the exciting international experiences her Fisher education afforded her, Aura said the coursework in the Wegmans School of Nursing has helped her develop a deep passion for a career in nursing. And, the professors, she said, inspire her to become a great nurse.

“When I go to clinical and take care of my patients, I feel so happy,” she said. “I feel like I am making a difference in someone’s life and this is just the beginning.”