Taylor Deasy, ‘14
“What I found is that I have never felt more confident that what I am doing is the right thing than I did when I was one-on-one with patients during clinical.”
Taylor Deasy is a dedicated and passionate student in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She began her work in the health science field as a nutritionist after earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire. Taylor spent two years working as a nutritionist at a clinic in Rhode Island, where she met and worked with many inspiring and encouraging physicians, physician’s assistants, and APRNs.
She felt especially inspired by the nurse practitioners and their role in patient care. “From the way they interacted with and cared for each patient, to the way they expressed interest in my future as a health care provider, I felt I had finally found a community that shared my same values and of which I truly wanted to be part of,” she explained. It was this, ultimately, that led Taylor to apply to nursing programs.
Her decision to attend Yale was influenced by professors such as Linda Pellico and Frank Grosso, as well as her interview. “It was very obvious that my interviewer, Deborah Fahs, had read through my application and was truly interested in both my past history and potential to become a student at YSN. I left my interview feeling more at home at YSN than any other school I had visited,” said Taylor.
Taylor’s passion for nursing has led her to become involved in many groups and organizations at the school. Showing her dedication to the school, Taylor serves as co-chair for Student Government Organization, serves as one of three teaching assistants for Biomedical Foundations of Health and Disease for the GEPN class, and volunteers her time in the lab at HAVEN. She has many aspirations for the future including completing the diabetes specialty program in her last year at YSN and continuing to work with patients affected by diabetes after graduation.
In the future, Taylor plans to complete the diabetes specialty program in her last year at YSN and to continue her work with patients affected by diabetes. After graduation, she hopes to do a one-year residency program to broaden her clinical experience, knowledge and skill. Taylor also plans on using her knowledge and interest in the study of diabetes to specialize in patients with endocrinology related problems, specifically those with diabetes.
It wasn’t all clear to her at first though. Taylor explained that the beginning was very overwhelming because of the heavy course load and clinical work. However, as she continued her clinical experience, Taylor became more confident that she was in the right field. “Nursing is without a doubt where I want to be and I am so glad I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me last year.”
Since arriving at YSN, Taylor has discovered a lot about herself and her choice. “What I found is that I have never felt more confident that what I am doing is the right thing than I did when I was one-on-one with patients during clinical,” she explained.