Taylor Pacheco '16 - Nursing


Throughout her childhood, Taylor Pacheco '16 thought she wanted to be a doctor, but an internship in high school shadowing a Registered Nurse for a year changed her career path.

"I think nursing fits my personality better. I feel comfortable in that intimate one-on-one setting with my patients."

"It's a field that does not get enough credit for what they do. As a nurse you are responsible for different things than doctors, and nurses can have an effect on a patient's personality by being positive and making them feel better."

Taylor initially wanted to attend a large state school to pursue her passion, but didn't quite feel she would get the attention she needed.

"At other schools, some nursing lecture classes can range from 300-400 students. When I came to Curry I noticed how small the classes were, and that was really important to me."

With the reputation of Curry's nursing program plus the college's small campus community, it made it easier for Taylor to decide Curry was the right fit for her.

When Taylor applied to Curry, she was worried about financing her education, especially coming from a single parent household. But when she saw how much financial aid she was eligible for, she was reassured.

"When I got accepted to Curry my mom knew that it was going to be tough so we worked with the financial aid office to explore options to fund my education.  They ended up helping us find quite a bit of money, including a very big nursing grant." 

Taylor has also found a number of jobs on campus that have helped fund her education. She has worked as a resident assistant, a community desk attendant through public safety, an assistant in the College's development office and as a chemistry tutor.

During the spring semester of 2014, Taylor was at New England Baptist Hospital as part of her required clinical experience. She had a medical surgical placement, dealing with patients who were post-op from total knee and total hip replacements.

"I was assigned to two patients for each 12 hour shift and I had to be able to differentiate and prioritize tasks, and after only a few weeks I had learned so much."

Taylor's Curry experience has been rigorous and academically challenging, but it has been very positive. The nursing program has helped her prepare for her future and give her the confidence she needs to succeed.

As for the future, Taylor's goals include working in Intensive Care and possibly pursuing post-graduate education to become a nurse anesthetist.

"I think that quality of care is the most important thing we can give our patients, and I think the Curry nursing program has helped me to focus on that throughout my career."


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