An open letter to my nursing professors, clinical instructors and peers

I am one of the Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (ABS) students this year. I think it is probably more common to hear about a program's faults/shortcomings (which is important). However, I think it is equally important to point out its achievements because it does make a difference to us. While we do have student representatives who speak on our behalf, I would like to ensure that some of the faculty and students are recognized for making this program great. These people have made my experience at UB worth the hard work.

Aside from Professor [Joann] Sands being committed to making sure we get the necessary knowledge, she has also shown an extra commitment toward our success. It is evident that she is hardworking and will go out of her way to ensure our success, and she is always willing to go the extra mile. She is an excellent lecturer and really explains concepts in a way that makes them easy to learn and conceptualize.

Professor [Kathleen] Thomas has been an amazing clinical instructor dedicated not only to our success in clinical, but our success as we start our careers. She is very present and advocates for our education in the field. She truly goes above and beyond. She makes us feel comfortable in asking questions and promotes an environment of learning. I have learned many tricks about efficiency and critical thinking in just my two days with her. 

Professors have so much experience and knowledge about the nursing field, but I have learned so much about compassion, dedication and ambition from some of my peers. Some of the standout peers I have worked with are Amy Trieu, Thomas Gross, Nora Holt and Kayla Deth. These are students who I look up to and have helped me navigate this program. While I'm sure there are many more, these are the ones I can speak to.

I truly cannot say one bad thing about the graduate assistants including Dan, Claire, Ping and so many more. They all have been spectacular. Ping was a standout in helping us learn heart rhythms. She has also gone out of her way on multiple occasions to ensure understanding.

And finally, Dr. [Donna] Fabry has overwhelmingly been one of our favorite professors throughout this past intense year. We have been able to grow and learn from the material she has taught. We are very grateful for her style of teaching. I think I can speak on behalf of our cohort when I say that she is highly respected amongst us all.

I'm sure I am leaving some out, but I think it is important to recognize the outstanding in this program. Please feel free to share this message to anyone who may have a role in recognizing these individuals. It matters.

Thank you,
Annelise Gunn-Taylor
Accelerated BS Nursing Student

Published February 21, 2022