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Perspectives from the Class of 2024

Columbia Nursing celebrates all of our students graduating this month! Graduates of our Masters Direct Entry (MDE), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), PhD, and Masters in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership (ACML) programs told us why they chose Columbia and how their education has prepared them to excel as clinicians, scholars, leaders, and policy makers. 

Nicholas Forlini

MS in Advanced Clinical Management and Leadership ’24

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All of my opportunities have stemmed from coming out of my comfort zone, taking a chance, and having the right people recognize my potential and encourage me to try.

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Meghan McGuigan

DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ’24

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I knew from an early age that I wanted to pursue a career in health care, but I think the most beautiful thing about nursing is the ability to be there for others in some of their most vulnerable moments. Very few people get to share in that level of intimacy and trust.

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Sofia Rosenburg-Klainberg

DNP Midwifery ’24

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I believe that nursing education is an investment in our future nurses and nurse practitioners, allowing us to arm them to address the many vast inequities in our health care system.

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Brittany Taylor

PhD ’24

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My two passions are women’s health and sickle cell disease. I believe both of these fields do not receive enough attention or research funding, which contributes to health disparities.

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Cynthia Tiangco-Withers

MDE ’24

Patients (and their families) depend on us during one of the most vulnerable times of their lives, and it is essential that they are met with care that is evidence-based, culturally competent, and person-centered. Nurses are uniquely positioned to provide that holistic care.

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