NECC Nursing Program 50th Anniversary: Q&A with Nelly Padua ’93
This year marks 50 years since the NECC nursing program graduated its first class. To celebrate, we are sharing the diverse success stories of nursing alumni through the decades whose contributions have positively impacted the community. Enjoy!
Nelly Padua ’93, DNP, FNP, CNE
Current Job Title: Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center
What is the most rewarding part of your career? “The most rewarding part of my career has been having the privilege of being involved with some families for many years, taking care of their health care needs, and watching their children grow up to become productive members of society.”
What is the biggest misconception that people have about the nursing field? “I think the biggest misconception is that nursing is an easy career. Many think we went into nursing because it was an easy path to employment. Starting with the intense and difficult workload of classes and clinical hours during nursing school, nursing requires not only treating patients who are sick, but also offering emotional support, advice, and education to families. And let’s not forget the documentation and lots of paperwork. However, the reward of making a difference in someone’s life makes all the work worthwhile.”
How do you relieve stress after a long work day? “I relieve stress after a long workday by spending time with family, exercising, and reading.”
Please see the Student & Alumni section of the Newsroom for more interviews with NECC nursing program graduates.