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Fisher Nursing Student Inducted into U.S. Navy

February 22, 2019

Allison Pierce, a senior nursing student at St. John Fisher College, was officially inducted into the United States Navy during a ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 7, held in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

At a ceremony held in the Wegmans School of Nursing, senior Allison Pierce was officially inducted into the U.S. Navy.

A native of Queensbury, New York, Pierce enlisted in the Navy’s Nurse Candidate Program. Joining as an officer, she will serve as a registered nurse (R.N.) at an armed forces medical center either in the United States or abroad. Upon graduation, she will undergo a five-week training in Newport, Rhode Island before heading to her station.

Pierce, who said she benefited from the hands-on learning experience in Fisher’s high-tech Glover-Crask Simulation Center, was motivated to join the Navy because of the challenging environment it offers.

Fisher senior Allison Pierce with Christine Sher, Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy.

Fisher senior Allison Pierce with Christine Sher, Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy.

“I love the structure of the Navy and their emphasis on teamwork and discipline,” she said. “There are also opportunities for me to explore specialties that I am interested in at large hospitals like Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, or the San Diego Medical Center in California.”

The School of Nursing has a proud history of alumni entering service after graduation. A flag used during Pierce’s induction ceremony was presented to Dean Dianne Cooney Miner on behalf of an alumnus who served in the Middle East as a member of the Air Force.

“The School of Nursing is proud of the history of military service of its faculty, students, and alumni,” said Cooney Miner. “I join with all members of the Fisher community in congratulating Ensign Allison Pierce and her family.”