Wilkes University

Congratulations to the Passan School of Nursing Spring 2020 Student Standouts

Each fall and spring semester, students, faculty and staff submit nominations for standout students. The PSON Student Affairs Committee then selects a student standout from each of the accelerated, senior, junior and sophomore classes. The students chosen personify the core values of an excellent nurse, excel in academics, demonstrate goodwill to others and represent Wilkes University and the Passan School of Nursing in a positive manner. 

The student standouts for spring 2020 are:

Jessica Turnitza

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Hometown: Cumbola, Pennsylvania

Hobbies: When I need some downtime from class, I love to go to spin and yoga classes, make TikToks with my buds, hang out with my family, and of course, walk my crazy dog Howie.

Why did you choose nursing? This is a HUGE shout out to my mom. I originally chose nursing because of my mom, who also doubles as a school nurse/oncology nurse. Healthcare pretty much runs in my family’s blood. As I got older, as a senior in high school, I had an opportunity to shadow and volunteer at various healthcare sites. This was the “ah-ha” moment for me. It’s challenging, fast-paced and allows me to give back in a similar way that my mom demonstrates with me and her patients. Ever since I was young, I always equated nurses to, “superheroes in scrubs,” so I can’t wait to one day fulfill this title.

Future goals: After obtaining my BSN and passing the NCLEX, I would love to fulfill a career in the emergency room for a few years or get into hospice nursing. I would like to garner skills and experiences here to eventually become a Med-Evac nurse. As a nurse, it’s pretty difficult to ever get away from learning and can’t seem to get away from writing. Further down the line, I can definitely see myself working in an educational setting or writing my own book.

Rebecca Evans

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Class: Junior

Hometown: Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania

Hobbies: Playing with my children

Why did you choose nursing? I chose nursing because I want to help others. When I left the military, there was a void in my life that I didn’t know how to fill. My whole adult life up until that point involved helping others and being on the front lines doing so. My sister-in-law was talking to me about a career in nursing. After talking with Tammy, I decided to give it a try. I was scared because I was out of school for fifteen years, but I applied to Wilkes University and hoped I would get in. Once I got accepted and I started the nursing classes, I fell in love. I knew I made the right decision. I can not imagine myself doing anything else but nursing. I look forward to going to work because I know I am going to help others and bring joy to someone’s day. I can’t wait until the day that I am helping people as Becky, RN, BSN!

Future goals: My future goals include a few things. I plan on working in the ICU locally for two years, and then transferring to a larger Level I Trauma Center in southern Pennsylvania. Once I have the required five years of critical care experience, I plan on applying for a flight nurse position with Life Flight. I worked on helicopters in the military and I miss being around them. What’s better than being a nurse helping people on a helicopter? I also want to continue my education and one day be known as Becky, ACNP. Wilkes has helped me realize that the skies are the limit for me, and I will continue reaching for the stars!

Athena Wynn Moore

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Hometown: Danville, Pennsylvania 

Hobbies: My hobbies include wheel throwing pottery, yoga and hiking with my dog.

Why did you choose nursing? Growing up, I was interested in having a career in art or business, I never had any interest in healthcare. It wasn’t until my grandpa was in the hospital my senior year of high school that I saw exactly what a floor nurse does and, from that point on, I knew it was what I wanted to do. What drew me in about nursing is the selflessness of it. The first time in clinical that I was able to really help a patient in their time of need, it was such a meaningful experience that gave me a feeling like no other. In that moment, I realized what an honor it is to be in a profession like nursing and to get the opportunity to impact others lives positively. Since then, I have fallen in love with nursing and I feel it adds more purpose to my life.

Future goals: After graduating from Wilkes with my BSN, my first goal is to pass the NCLEX. Then I will begin my first RN position in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Medical Center. I would like to gain experience there and then I plan on moving with my husband back to his home town of Sarasota, Florida. While living there, I would like to go back to school to earn an MSN and hopefully become a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner.

Tiffany Hromek

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Accelerated BSN 

Hometown: Port Jervis, New York

Hobbies: My hobbies include volunteering for EMS as a first responder, traveling, horseback riding and piano playing and traveling cross-country on my motorcycle. I am an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

Why did you choose nursing? I have been a public servant my entire life. My career in law enforcement allowed me to become a deputy coroner, which is where my interest in medicine began. I then obtained my LPN licensure before coming to Wilkes University to secure my BSN. Being a nurse embodies all that I loved about my past careers and offers much personal and professional growth, more than I would have otherwise known. My passion is helping others, and being a nurse provides the platform where my compassion and education meet. Once you are meant to be a nurse, no matter the path, nursing will become you and you it. 

Future goals: I am excited to continue my education upon the completion of the NCLEX-RN this August. I am interested in working in emergency care nursing while pursuing my MSN for Adult Gerontology-NP, hopefully here at Wilkes. I would like to use these additional years of study to prepare me for a long-term career as a provider in rural America. I have witnessed first-hand in my travels across the country the need for quality healthcare in rural settings. I am confident that my education and experience gained as an RN will be of benefit to those in underserved areas. I look forward to a lifetime of learning and being able to continue to serve in my new role.