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Emily Cliggett ’19 BSN, RN

Female nurse dressed in PPE.

Emily Cliggett ’19 BSN, RN

Staff Nurse, Urgent Care Center (Emergency Department)
Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

April 3, 2020

I work in the emergency department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City! We are treating acute critical care cancer patients on a continuous basis. With the pandemic unraveling, the team has adjusted accordingly and what an adjustment is has been, especially as a new grad!! I am filled with gratitude to be a part of such an amazing team. I feel as though with my foundation, I have always been a part of a team or something more than just myself and I know that’s what motivates me most. 

Throughout my college years, it was always a task to balance the nursing curriculum while playing field hockey. Catie Eber ’19 BSN, my teammate and I, would lean on each other and even laugh some days about how crazed our lives would get! Well, I’m grateful every day for learning and adapting to that lifestyle. It has helped me in ways I would have never dreamt of! I could thank over a hundred people for helping me along the way, but especially my professors, my coach Joanie Milhous, and my parents for constantly pushing me for more. 

I am reminded and grateful for my health every day. Helping people is my passion and being a part of a team is my motivation! It is a humbling experience for all of us! 

I am truly grateful for everything the nursing program has done for me!


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