Jasmine Thalappillil is a registered nurse in a telemetry/stepdown unit at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she started as a new graduate nurse.

The idea of becoming a Nurse Practitioner occurred to Jasmine Thalappillil ‘13, M.S. ‘17, shortly before she earned her undergraduate degree at Adelphi. “I started to think, so what’s next? I knew I wanted to go further in my career, so I did my research and found that being a nurse practitioner would give me greater versatility. But the greatest appeal for me was to be a primary care provider, able to assess, diagnose, prescribe, and educate patients with the nursing model as the framework.”

Currently, Thalappillil is a registered nurse in a telemetry/stepdown unit at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she started as a new graduate nurse. Even before she finished a year of being a nurse, she became a charge nurse, then a preceptor for new nurses, new hires and transfers into the unit. After two years, she said, “I became an American Nurses Credentialing Center board-certified nurse in medical surgical nursing” while one year into her NP program. “Now, after completing my certification as an Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, my journey as an Advanced Practice R.N. will begin.”

She is excited for what the future may hold. “First, I’d like to experience what this avenue of nursing has to offer as a nurse practitioner,” she said. “Soon after this—or perhaps alongside this—I would like to teach. Education has always had a special place in my heart and it’s one of my favorite aspects of nursing.”

She recalled that even in her undergrad clinicals, “I imagined myself as a clinical instructor and realized this was a real possibility for the future. At the same time, I also see myself teaching in a classroom setting. The future is full of possibilities and I look forward to what the next few years will bring.”

Her most memorable Adelphi experience, Thalappillil said, was being the graduate student representative for the Class of 2017 at the May 2017 Commencement. Though selected In March, she didn’t write her speech until closer to the event. “One day during a conversation,” she recalled, “someone asked me, ‘Are you trying to become a doctor or something?’” That got her thinking, “Is this what people think of nurse practitioners? My answer to that question led me to the speech I gave.”

As she told her fellow grad students, “You did not begin this program with the hopes of becoming a doctor, but rather elevating your already established career as a nurse to the next level, as a healthcare provider—ready and able to assess, diagnose, prescribe and counsel patients along the continuum of health. With this degree and title, you are … the person they reveal their thoughts and feelings to, the one who takes the time to listen to their concerns, the person they may admit things to that they would not otherwise say to their physician, thereby bringing them to their optimal level of well-being and highest quality of life.”

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