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Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Award

Crystal Curr, Nursing and RN-to-BSN graduate

Crystal Curr

2015 Recipient
Class of 2009, AS Nursing
Class of 2014, BS Nursing

Crystal Curr was inspired to be a nurse by her grandmother, who always hoped to see someone in the family work in the field. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2009 and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 from Goodwin College.

After earning her associate degree, Crystal went to work as a registered nurse at Village Green of Wallingford, a long-term care rehabilitation facility. Management recognized her skill, insight, attitude, dedication, and work ethic, and within a year, promoted Crystal to unit manager of a brand new STAR rehab floor.

When Crystal’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, she became her primary caretaker. Soon after, her grandmother was placed on home hospice and passed a few weeks later. During that time, Crystal felt a strong calling to hospice care and began to interact with the hospice team at Village Green of Wallingford in order to learn from them. When a position became available for a hospice nurse at Masonicare, Crystal applied and was hired.

Crystal has always been interested in furthering her education. When she expressed an interest in obtaining a bachelor’s degree, her supervisor was supportive, and she began to pursue her BSN while still working full-time.

Prior to earning her BSN, Crystal was promoted to inpatient hospice unit manager — a significant promotion for someone with relatively little experience. A few months later, she was invited to become the clinical nurse liaison, a representative for Masonicare’s continuum of services.

Crystal’s role required skill and professional maturity. She was responsible for Masonicare patients at Midstate Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and Gaylord Hospital. In addition, Crystal helped patients as much as possible to experience a peaceful death and cared for families as they coped with the loss of their loved one. She also collaborated with other professionals, advocated for hospice care, and mentored other nurses.

In October 2014, Crystal received the prestigious "Together We Can" Club 332 Award from Masonicare, presented to a professional who provides outstanding nursing care and goes above and beyond what is expected for patients.

Most recently, Crystal began a position for a new program at ProHealth Physicians as a post acute care utilization management nurse – one of only four nurses chosen as trailblazers for this project. The program is anticipated to be an innovative way to deliver care in the safest and most efficient way.

Crystal says that she knows how much her education at Goodwin College did for her and she values the skills and background that she acquired during her time here. In the fall of 2015, Crystal will be attending Southern Connecticut State University to earn a master’s degree in nursing.