Nursing students and faculty in the spotlight

Our students and faculty are accomplishing great things. Below, you'll find some of their work and achievements. This page will be updated frequently as their accomplishments continue to roll in.


Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20 and Mallory Robalino RN ’16 smile in front of a wall with the New York City Marathon logo

It takes a village

Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20 and Mallory Robalino ’16 take a break after volunteering in the medical tent at the New York City Marathon.

NYC Marathon Volunteers

Alumni help runners at NYC Marathon finish line

Alumni of the schools of nursing and health sciences helped several thousand New York City Marathon runners get back on their feet after completing the 26.2 mile trek through the five burroughs.

Mallory Robalino ’16, an emergency room nurse at Huntington Hospital, and Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20, who is completing his doctorate in physical therapy at Quinnipiac, worked on the medical team at the marathon’s finish line.

“I️ was able to give back and help some of them get back on their feet,” said Robalino, who plans to volunteer at the Boston Marathon next year. “Quinnipiac prepared me in countless ways from the rigorous nursing program to the top class clinical affiliations which gave me the confidence to work in a busy ER knowing I’ve been prepared with the tools to succeed in high-stress situations, like the NYC Marathon finish line medical tent just 2 years after graduation.”

The medical team in their tent treated 1,200 runners — focusing primarily on hypothermia due to the rain, dehydration, low sodium levels, bleeding, dizziness, cramping, and muscle strains, and venous pooling which occurs when runners stop running and all the blood pools in their feet.

“Quinnipiac gave me not just the psychomotor skills to work in a chaotic environment, but provided me with the confidence, professionalism and critical thinking tools to succeed,” Pachman, who also helped runners in this year’s Boston Marathon, said. “This is a testament not just to the athletic training department, but to the culture at Quinnipiac as a whole. Volunteerism and the basic concept of helping others is woven in the fabric of Quinnipiac, and thus has shaped the person and professional that I am today."


Nursing and PA students read a monitor above a mannequin as they get ready to catch a newborn during a simulated birth

Working together

Brooke McMahon ’18 and Collin Dimier, MHS ’18, and Tracy Campbell, MHS ’18, deliver a baby during a simulated birth. The School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences collaborated to give students a more real world labor and delivery experience.

Interdisciplinary Simulated Birth Experience

Collin Dimier, MHS ’18, assess the newborn mannequin after the simulated birth delivery.

Unique learning opportunities

Collin Dimier, MHS ’18, assess the newborn mannequin after the simulated birth delivery.

Students come together for simulated birthing experience

Screams permeated throughout a quiet corner of Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

A frantic text was sent: “!!! STAT rapid response team to the SIM L+D STAT !!!”

By the time a pair of first-year physician assistant students rushed and scrubbed in to the labor and delivery simulation lab, a handful of junior nursing students were comforting a young woman named Alyssa, taking her vitals and prepping her for one of the most physically and emotionally draining experiences a woman can face.

Seven big pushes later, a 21-inch long, 5-pound, 8-ounce baby girl let out a reassuring scream as she was placed on a nearby warming table.

The birth was staged as part of an innovative interprofessional learning experience to prepare students from across health care-focused disciplines to learn to think quickly, work collaboratively and better understand each other’s roles in different health care situations.

Although the two physician assistant students knew a birth was imminent, they did not know exactly when it would happen and were on call. When the text came in, they rushed out of class and to the School of Nursing simulation lab.

Nursing student delivers baby

Nursing student delivers healthy baby

Ashley Darnsteadt '18 stands in front of a fountain in her nursing scrubs in the Yale New Haven Hospital

Real world tests

Ashley Darnsteadt '18 used the skills she developed in the classroom and at her clinicals to deliver a healthy baby girl.

One School of Nursing student recently aced the ultimate health care exam — delivering a healthy baby girl.

As an EMT of more than 5 years, Ashley Darnsteadt ’18 has gained extensive experience both in the classroom and on location.

In the early hours of a recent morning, she responded to a report of a woman in labor in Sparta, New Jersey. Despite being a veteran EMT, her partner had never experienced a child birth. Darnsteadt, who had recently finished her maternity rotations through Quinnipiac, told him she felt confident to take the lead.

“He was definitely happy to stay out of the actual child-birth experience,” she said. “He just looked at me and said, ‘This is all you.’”

While on route, Darnsteadt and her partner received an update on the situation: the mother was lying on the bathroom floor giving birth.

Darnsteadt arrived a few minutes later and immediately jumped into action —  delivering the baby and then performing an assessment of the newborn and her mother. She remained focused, and never lost composure as she clamped and cut the cord, and delivered the placenta. When the new mother and baby girl were both ready, they transported them to an area hospital.

Darnsteadt earned numerous compliments from police officers and others on the scene for her knowledge and calm demeanor.

“I always knew she’d make an excellent nurse,” said nursing professor Carol Connery. “This trial by fire experience only confirms it.”

Darnsteadt praised Connery for pairing her with such exceptional nurses during her maternity rotations, where she gained critical knowledge of newborn and postpartum assessments, as well as the labor and delivery process. She also credits Connery for helping her build her self-confidence during women’s health care simulations.

“I believe that this labor and delivery call wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did had I not had Carol as my clinical instructor,” she said.


Nursing student Sophia Dee '17 wears a white coat as she checks blood pressure on a participant

Measuring health

Nursing student Sophia Dee '17 checks blood pressure during Quinnipiac's annual Falls Prevention Day.

Annual Falls Prevention Day

Putting safety first

Every September students from the School of Nursing join forces with students from the Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences to help local senior citizens learn how to prevent fall-related injuries. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. The free annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is held on the North Haven Campus.

Seniors visit a model apartment at Quinnipiac that is set up with fall risks, including rugs that aren't properly anchored or walkers that are poorly maintained. Participants learn about the importance of finding a good balance and exercise program; monitoring medications with health care providers or pharmacists; and having regular vision and hearing checks. 

Gabrielle Durkac writes notes on a clip board as she evaluates risks in the model apartment bathtub.

Spotting opportunity

Gabrielle Durkac, a physical therapy student, evaluates risks in our model apartment during the annual Falls Prevention Day.

Publications and Journals

Several nursing magazine covers, visible words include "Holistic Nurse"

Ideas fit for print

Nursing faculty and students publish work in publications such as “Holistic Nursing” and the “Journal of Nursing Education."

Writing the future of health care practice

Our faculty members are practicing nurses with a wealth of clinical experience, who love what they do. Perhaps just as much, they love inspiring that same kind of passion in future generations of nurses, and encourage their students through example to make their own contributions to the field.

Faculty in the Quinnipiac School of Nursing don’t just remain current on innovative nursing practices and procedures — they have a hand in their creation. Professors regularly participate in grant-funded research, publish in numerous trade journals and periodicals, contribute their work to medical and nursing textbooks and present their many insights at conferences and summits nationwide.


  • Journal of Clinical Simulation
  • Journal of Holistic Nursing
  • Journal of Nursing Administration
  • Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
  • Journal of Nursing Education and Practice
  • Advances in Nursing Science
  • Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • International Journal for Human Caring
  • Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing


  • American Holistic Nurses Core Curriculum (2nd ed.)
    Sudbury, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Simulation Scenarios for Nurse Educators: Making it Real.  
    New York: Springer
  • Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (6th ed.)
    Sudbury, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care (3rd ed.) (pp. 50-73). Sudbury, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett


  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Summit 
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • International Technology Conference
  • American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference
  • National League for Nursing Education Summit
  • Connecticut Sigma Theta Tau Collaborative Research Day
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Summit