My name is Constantine Checa and I am a graduate of Queensborough Community College. My first degree is an Associate's in Liberal Arts and Science with a concentration in Biology. My second degree is an Associate's in Applied Science with a concentration in Nursing. From that brief academic background, I would like to say that I am a true academic enthusiast; I love to learn and take classes in all kinds of disciplines. I have taken intermediate level Spanish classes and beginner's level French beside the science courses-- my Spanish was of particular use during all my clinical rotations in nursing school. My ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate degree in nursing education. As of late, I am applying to RN-BS programs and hope to further hone my nursing skills with more field experience.
While in nursing school, I was selected to be a Health Professions Scholar and upon graduation I received The Bernadette Rowbo Alumni Award for an outstanding level of performance in the clinical area. I believe my accomplishments are the fruits of not only my labor but of my passion for helping others. With a nursing background, I am better equipped to assist people physically, psychologically, and emotionally. I take being a nurse seriously and am a strong believer in team work. My experience in nursing school has brought so much growth and applicable knowledge to my life that I only hope to use that knowledge to help others and truly make a difference.
Aside from academia, I am also a tutor for Queensborough’s Student Learning Center. I have worked at the facility for three and half years tutoring pre-requisites for Nursing (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology) as well as Nursing classes. I believe that my strong foundation in Anatomy makes for a more competent nurse; after all, according to the RN scope of practice, nurses must diagnose and treat human responses—in other words understand signs and symptoms.
I am also a patient care volunteer at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Though I am limited in what I am able to do for the nurses and the patients, the exposure to inner workings of the hospital procedures keeps my gears turning despite having graduated. While on the unit, I am constantly reminding myself of the clinical skills I learned in school. The experience has also sharpened my psychiatric skills; one task I am able to do is actively listen to patients' complaints and needs. Often enough, the patients' anxieties and fears are reduced just by purely talking about it. Furthermore, I am part of a peer mentoring program at Queensborough. The mentoring program's mission is to provide support, encouragement, and professionalism among students in both upper and lower divisions of the nursing program. Peer Mentors are those who understand their interaction with students is not simply a job, but an opportunity to help others discover the potential within them to succeed in the program and in life.
On that note, please feel free to explore the rest of my page. I have posted some of my projects, power points, and papers that I have done during my college career under the showcase tab as well as awards. Enjoy! Any comments and feedback are always welcome.