What is Nursing? For Elizabeth Yates, nursing is “caring for humanity”. The senior from Warwick, RI has spent her time at Villanova experiencing and understanding what that really means.
It wasn’t always so clear to her, nor was her decision to become a nurse. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school when she experienced a life-changing event that she realized nursing was the right choice.
Elizabeth was sending applications to nursing and education programs when suddenly, the unthinkable happened. While on a family ski vacation, her brother suffered a traumatic brain injury. She became immersed in hospital life, getting a closer look at nursing. Just like any profession, she felt there were nurses who were good at their jobs and others who didn’t make quite the same impact. She wanted to be one of those nurses that made a difference and decided then and there to come to Villanova.
Sadly, Elizabeth’s brother passed away her freshman year at Villanova after a 15-month long battle but she continues to work hard towards making a difference and becoming that exceptional nurse.
Working towards that goal, Elizabeth’s time at Villanova has included involvement in several volunteer, service and educational opportunities. Her sophmore year, she helped build homes in Georgia through Campus Ministry’s Habitat for Humanity. That summer, she traveled to Cadiz, Spain to study Spanish for six weeks. Her trip, partially funded by a Connelly-Delouvrier Scholarship, sparked her interest in the language and jumped started the credits she needed to work toward a minor in Spanish.