It’s one thing to win a national professional award. That in itself is cause for celebration. But when you win a national professional award in a new industry sector, in a brand-new environment? You are definitely doing something right.
WPI Health Services nurse practitioner Jessica Day was recently chosen for a New Affiliate Professional Award by the American College Health Association, to be awarded at the ACHA annual meeting.
Day was nominated in January by her supervisor, Health Services director Regina Roberto. “Jessica espouses the ACHA tenets of advocacy, education, and research to a ‘T’ … her passion and commitment for college health was evident from the start,” wrote Roberto in the award nomination letter.
Making the win more significant is the fact that previous to WPI, Day had never worked with younger people or in a college setting. And she has only been on campus since August 2014.
“I was floored,” said Day, after learning that she’d been chosen for the recognition.
A Rutland resident (and, along with her husband, new parents to an American Bulldog), Day earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston. She worked in general medicine, solid organ transplant cardiology and cardiac surgery departments at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus in Worcester, and at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, respectively.