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Celebrating National Nurses Month: Meet Nicole DelValle '11

May 10, 2024

Nicole DelValle

Meet Nicole DelValle (Wells), BSN `11

I hold a Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Educator from Jacksonville University, and am currently an instructor of nursing at a community college in South Central PA and have an advice position where I currently work per diem. I started my career right after graduation in an inner-city ED as an emergency nurse. I worked there in various roles (bedside, triage, charge) for seven years then transferred from the ED to a telephone triage nurse.

Why nursing?
I knew it would be a stable, fulfilling career with the possibility of ongoing growth and personal and professional development. I knew it would provide me the opportunity to combine my empathy and intellect to make an impact on others.

Why did you choose Drexel for this program?
Drexel is renowned for its entire Health Sciences department, and it was the fastest accredited, accelerated BSN program.

How did faculty and your cohort support your success?
Faculty held me (us) to high standards, taught me how to think critically and provided the tools I needed to be successful. I felt extremely well-prepared to take the boards and to enter clinical practice as a novice nurse.

What is a memory you have from your time here?
Sitting in the auditorium beside my classmate and new best friend Ashley, being impressed and inspired by Dr. Olszewski's knowledge and teaching style.

What was unique about this program? Why would you recommend it?
It is the fastest accelerated BSN program, and does an exceptional job at preparing students to pass the boards and safely enter clinical practice.

What is the current state of nursing? And in the face of its challenges, what advice do you have for a person thinking about nursing as a career?
My advice is be prepared to work hard! Nursing school is tough. Being a nurse is tougher. But being a nurse is also one of most fulfilling, impactful things you can do with your life.

How do you take care of yourself and destress?
Meal-prepping. Crafting, baking, decorating and planning for holidays and family birthday parties. Jam out to country music, go to country concerts.

What are three things that you always have on you as a nurse?
In the ED, it was alcohol prep pads, a roll of tape and trauma shears. As an educator, it's my laptop, a dry-erase marker and coffee.

Something most people don’t know about me is...
I am a twin who has twins. I have won over a dozen sets of concert tickets from radio station contests. I lived in Australia for a year before going back to nursing school at Drexel. I have the secret ability of finding four-leaf clovers.