Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Student Profile: Stephen DiMauro
Nursing is a discipline rooted in altruism, integrity, and social justice. These values and the unique connection nurses develop with patients and families inspired me to commit to this wonderful career.
Please tell us a bit about yourself; where are you from, and what do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m originally from the Boston area, but I have lived on the Upper West Side for the last five years. In my free time, I like to relax by taking walks, jogging, and having picnics in Riverside Park and Central Park. I also enjoy cooking, drinking a nice bottle of wine, sipping coffee, eating good food, traveling, and spending time with my fiancée, family, and friends. I also love listening to music, playing sports, and cheering on all Boston sports teams!
Why did you decide to pursue nursing, and why did you choose Columbia?
I decided to pursue nursing because I wanted to combine three important interests of mine: caring for others, health science, and clinical work. Nursing is a discipline rooted in altruism, integrity, and social justice. These values and the unique connection nurses develop with patients and families inspired me to commit to this wonderful career. There is no better place to study and train than Columbia University School of Nursing. I chose Columbia for its commitment to evidence-based practice, public health, and cultural competency. The didactic coursework is rigorous, the clinical training is unmatched, and the professors are incredibly knowledgeable and well-trained.
What are you passionate about, and how has being a student at Columbia Nursing allowed you to follow that passion?
I’m inspired by the curiosity of children and am passionate about all things pertaining to general pediatrics, particularly health promotion and disease prevention. Being a student in the DNP Pediatric program allowed me to develop the clinical expertise to manage the medical needs of children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents. Every student needs great mentoring, and Columbia was exceptional in providing me with clinical instructors and clinical rotations that helped me develop my skills and clinical judgment.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time at Columbia Nursing?
My favorite memories from Columbia Nursing all involve the people along the way. I have developed many great friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, my clinical experiences with my classmates and professors/instructors were very transformative.
What are your next steps after graduation?
I am currently working as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Pediatrics on Hudson in Westchester. I originally joined the Pediatrics on Hudson team as a registered nurse in 2020 while I was completing my PNP training at Columbia. I have loved working with my colleagues, getting to know my patients and families, and being part of the community for the last several years.