Congrats to the Grads! Profiles in Success—2015

Alison Teufel: Pursuing a career with care

For nearly two decades, Alison Teufel worked in rehabilitation centers, community homes and as an assistant practitioner in her native England. But when the recession hit the United States a few years ago, it hit harder in Great Britain. That’s when Alison and her husband, in need of a job, decided to relocate to his hometown on the Jersey Shore.

IMG_2805We experienced a lot of losses, but I’ve also gained so much,” said Alison, recounting how they had to start over with everything—finding a house, finding work and getting their two daughters acclimated to American schools. And although she was overqualified, Alison took a job as a patient care assistant. Six months later, she knew it wasn’t for her.

True to her calling

“I didn’t care if it cost me blood, sweat and tears, but I wanted to be a nurse. I earned an associate’s degree in England, but here I had to start completely over,” says the 45-year-old, recalling the doubt she felt during her first weeks at Georgian Court.

Alison was staring at a test in Anatomy & Physiology I and a Scantron form. She didn’t know what to do with the familiar green multiple choice form (to American students, at least) and began marking her answers with an ‘X’.

“I handed it in and it was apparent I didn’t know how . . . I was so . . . ,” she says, her words trailing off. “I got in my car and just cried.”

The crying didn’t last long. Instead, a new circle of friends and champions—including a few professors who kept her encouraged—emerged.


 

IMG_2813“In the beginning it was really, really difficult, but as I came out of my shell and met (fellow student) Christina Chatelain, I found support in reaching out to people on campus and building relationships. I joined group texts, chats about homework and labs, carpooling to clinicals at the hospital, and although all of us in the nursing program had different struggles, we learned to support each other. — Alison Teufel, B.S., Nursing


 

“That’s what carried me through. I met people who made me believe in myself.”

Next up for Alison—a master’s in population health. She wants to address gaps in health service for the poor, the marginalized and for people who are underinsured. “Instead of being thrown around from one clinic to another or patched up in an emergency room and sent back to the streets, there should be a solid continuum of care.

“We have to focus on keeping people well before they get sick,” she says. “They have to be educated first.”

Next story — Meet Travis Boyce: Prepared to serve

 



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Alison Teufel: Pursuing a career with care

For nearly two decades, Alison Teufel worked in rehabilitation centers, community homes and as an assistant practitioner in her native England. But when the recession hit the United States a few years ago, it hit harder in Great Britain. That’s when Alison and her husband, in need of a job, decided to relocate to his hometown on the Jersey Shore.

IMG_2805We experienced a lot of losses, but I’ve also gained so much,” said Alison, recounting how they had to start over with everything—finding a house, finding work and getting their two daughters acclimated to American schools. And although she was overqualified, Alison took a job as a patient care assistant. Six months later, she knew it wasn’t for her.

True to her calling

“I didn’t care if it cost me blood, sweat and tears, but I wanted to be a nurse. I earned an associate’s degree in England, but here I had to start completely over,” says the 45-year-old, recalling the doubt she felt during her first weeks at Georgian Court.

Alison was staring at a test in Anatomy & Physiology I and a Scantron form. She didn’t know what to do with the familiar green multiple choice form (to American students, at least) and began marking her answers with an ‘X’.

“I handed it in and it was apparent I didn’t know how . . . I was so . . . ,” she says, her words trailing off. “I got in my car and just cried.”

The crying didn’t last long. Instead, a new circle of friends and champions—including a few professors who kept her encouraged—emerged.


 

IMG_2813“In the beginning it was really, really difficult, but as I came out of my shell and met (fellow student) Christina Chatelain, I found support in reaching out to people on campus and building relationships. I joined group texts, chats about homework and labs, carpooling to clinicals at the hospital, and although all of us in the nursing program had different struggles, we learned to support each other. — Alison Teufel, B.S., Nursing


 

“That’s what carried me through. I met people who made me believe in myself.”

Next up for Alison—a master’s in population health. She wants to address gaps in health service for the poor, the marginalized and for people who are underinsured. “Instead of being thrown around from one clinic to another or patched up in an emergency room and sent back to the streets, there should be a solid continuum of care.

“We have to focus on keeping people well before they get sick,” she says. “They have to be educated first.”

Next story — Meet Travis Boyce: Prepared to serve

 



Return to our Commencement 2015 roundup, or contact the  Office of Marketing & Communications to learn more about our standout students! 

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