Kate Dzurilla | Neuroscience | Psychology

From: Syosset, NY

Pomona Days: Class of 2011, Neuroscience (minor in Psychology)

Current Employment: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT - Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine - Hospitalist Service, 2018-Present

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience (minor in Psychology), Pomona College, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing, 2015
  • Masters of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Yale School of Nursing, 2018

Past Employment:

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX - Clinical Data Specialist, Departments of Psychiatry and Infectious Diseases, 2012-2014
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX - Research Study Coordinator, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, 2014-2015

 

Throughout my time at Pomona, I thought I wanted to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology to see patients for therapy and perform research. Late in my college career, after multiple summers already spent working in labs and after applying to graduate schools, I realized the career wasn’t for me. I knew I wanted to work with patients and I knew that I liked science, but I didn’t know what career options were available to me besides medical school to obtain an MD or graduate school to obtain a PhD, neither of which felt right to me. I was scared that I was changing paths so late after devoting so much time and energy into clinical psychology throughout college. In my career research, I came across mid-level practitioners like Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. I knew that the combination of less school, fewer loans, great work-life balance, and good compensation while being involved in direct patient care made becoming a Nurse Practitioner the right career path for me.
 

I would particularly love to help students who are interested in clinical research and healthcare, and especially students who are interested in alternative health care careers. I can also help students who may be having trouble choosing their next steps. Sometimes there are career options that you just haven’t yet come across that may be the perfect fit for you. It’s never too late to change your goals or career path, and there is never a wrong decision!