On March 16, 2016, the Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing hosted an Alumni Panel & Networking Night in which we had the pleasure of having the following KILN alumni (l-r on photo): Sang Mi Jeon ’15, Little Regional Hospital in NH; Terry Bustos ’13, Overlook Medical Center in NJ; Malika Weekes ’13, Boston Children’s Hospital; Jennifer Etienne ’12, Mystic Valley Elder Services in MA ; Cindy Cao ’14, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Andrea Lopez ’14, Tufts Medical Center. Before and after the panel, students networked one-on-one with alumni to learn more about their nursing paths. Faculty and staff also got a chance to reconnect with alumni and meet with current students. The KILN Leadership Council facilitated the panel and the panelists shared their diverse journeys and pearls of wisdom. A few common themes emerged as alumni encouraged students to network, work hard, and be open to different experiences in order to find their passion. Students shared the following thoughts:
The KILN Alumni Networking event was a great opportunity for undergraduate students to connect with CSON alumni and hear their personal post-grad work experiences. I was inspired and encouraged by their stories and felt reassured that if I keep an open mind and persevere with patience, I can ultimately get a job I desire. I learned that two challenges a new grad nurse will always face are time management and prioritization, and that it is important to utilize communication effectively to work well with other healthcare members and patients and their families. I was touched by the alumni’s welcoming and friendly personalities and their willingness to speak with undergraduate students before and after the panel. Thank you to all the alumni who have taken the time to come back to BC and share their wisdom!
– Habin Cho
Hearing the experiences of the BC KILN alums made me feel so much more confident in being able to apply the skills I am learning post-graduation. Their advice definitely eased a lot of anxiety about being a new grad.
– Abiola Lawal
The alumni panel was an amazing opportunity to see how much young alumni have changed during their careers, which helped me understand how much variety there is in nursing. Additionally, they offered great advice about how to grow and network during my college years so that I am more successful as a future nurse.
– Chiamaka Okorie
Coming out to the event was a great decision. I was ambivalent at first (as any young nursing student would be about intimidating networking nights) but the atmosphere was very warm and supportive! Everyone had relatable stories to share that were both comforting and full of wisdom.
– Leslie Lim
The KILN program is grateful for the support and participation of our six alumni who returned to campus to share their experiences. We are excited to continue witnessing the growth of our KILN alumni network.