Distinguished Alumni Award

Photo of Alicia Gadzinski, RN-to-BSN graduate

Alicia Gadzinski
2013 Inspirational Alumni Award Recipient
Class of 2012, BS Nursinge

My journey to becoming the nurse I had dreamt of becoming was not easy, but I made it.

I moved to the United States from Poland shortly after obtaining a business degree in foreign trade. After working in the banking business for a few years, I realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

The first step I took toward a new career was obtaining an associate degree in executive medical assisting from Briarwood College. From there, I worked in a medical office for the next few years, but I still wanted more. This is when I decided to pursue nursing. I happily enrolled into Goodwin University’s nursing program, but several weeks before I started my first class, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that very moment, I was forced to evaluate whether or not nursing was still an option. I decided not to let my disease stop me from achieving my goals.

With immense help from my husband and son, I was able to attend school and work full-time. I did all of this while recovering from surgery and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Not only did the support from my family help, but so did the support I received from Goodwin University. As a non-traditional student, I appreciated the many opportunities that The University offered me. The knowledge I gained was invaluable to my professional growth, and I learned how to manage multiple responsibilities, thrive on competition and change and recognize success. My knowledgeable professors also inspired me to think critically.

After receiving my associate degree in nursing in 2009, I immediately began working on the telemetry/oncology floor as a registered nurse at Bristol Hospital. It did not take me long to realize that I wanted to advance my knowledge. The best way I knew how to do that was by enrolling in Goodwin University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

I graduated with my bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2012. I am currently working my dream job as an oncology research and navigation nurse at Bristol Hospital and am registered to take the Oncology Board Certification exam in June. In the Fall, I plan on enrolling in a master’s in nursing degree program.

I am happy to say that I have been in remission since 2006. My experiences have made me a more compassionate person. I can truly empathize with my patients, which fuels my passion and willingness to help others through their difficult journeys.