Meet a few people who have greeted challenging circumstances as opportunities for a new kind of success.
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If someone were to tell April Alvino on the day her position was eliminated in February that her dismissal would be the catalyst for a new life, chances are she wouldn’t have believed it.
For five years, Alvino was an administrative assistant for the maintenance department at Invista in Seaford, and though she was comfortable in the position, “I kept thinking I wanted to do more with my life, that I wanted to someday be in a position to help other people,” says Alvino, a Bridgeville resident. While still employed at Invista, she began pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing at Delaware Technical and Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown in 2007. When her job ended at Invista, what had once been a part-time pursuit became a full-time one.
As part of her education at DelTech, Alvino has finished the prerequisite courses. She is now taking classes in microbiology, anatomy and physiology. When she’s not in the classroom, Alvino is a peer tutor at DelTech’s Learning Center, where she offers guidance to other nursing students. Once she completes her course and clinical work and passes her national medical examinations, Alvino can begin work as a registered nurse, which she anticipates will be in about two years.
Alvino is also an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society, and is carrying a grade point average over 3.5. Because of her high GPA, she will be able to make the leap from an associate’s degree to a master’s program.
So far, everything is going according to plan: Once she completes her associate’s degree at DelTech, she will transfer to the University of Delaware’s Georgetown campus to pursue a master’s of science in nursing. Her education will include clinical education and experience, where she will work directly with patients for eight-week periods at hospitals throughout Delaware.
She expects to complete her degree from UD in 2015, which will enable her to become a nurse practitioner, and be able to treat both acute and chronic conditions through physical exams and prescribed physical therapy.
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