Graduation Spotlight: Amanda Pellegrino, BME/BSN Dual Degree

three nursing students in blue scrubs pose for camera
Amanda is pictured in the middle, with her BME/BSN classmates Garett on the left and Timmy on the right.

What is your favorite DU Nursing memory?

My favorite memories are those where I am able to incorporate one aspect of a major into the other. Whether this be at clinical thinking of engineering solutions to problems (ex. A-line improvements to decrease bleeding during insertion) or in research thinking of clinical problems that may result (ex. How an individual may react to a bioengineered graft).

 What was your favorite late-night study snack?

 Fishies (or as most people call them: Goldfish).

Why did you choose to attend Duquesne University?

I chose to attend Duquesne because of the Dual in Biomedical Engineering and Nursing and because of the belonging/family atmosphere.

 What did you enjoy most about your time at Duquesne and/or as a Nursing student?

My favorite events were the NiteSpot events (Epic Bingo) and activities/clubs (Rowing and Saint Vincent de Paul) around campus. As a nursing student, besides clinical, I liked the simulation labs in Libermann Hall.

 What are you going to miss?

I am going to miss my friends. I have had almost every class with Garett and Timmy (the other two BME/BSN students), so it is going to be weird to not have them next to me in class when I start a bioengineering PhD program.

 What was your biggest achievement as a DU Nursing student?

As a student, my biggest achievements are being named a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholar, being a DAAD RISE intern in Germany, and receiving the Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp. Leadership Award.

As a nursing student, my biggest achievement would be clinical because I am definitely BME and research oriented, so it was interesting to be able to work with patients that have diseases I could one day research.

What words of advice do you have for other students on how to make the most of the Duquesne Nursing experience?

In general, my advice would be to try new things because there is so much on campus to do that you will find something you like. For nursing school, my advice is to take it one step at a time and not be afraid to ask questions in clinical or in class.

What are your plans or goals for the future?

In the fall, I will be attending the University of Pittsburgh for its bioengineering PhD program. During graduate school, I hope to use my nursing degree and work in a hospital on a cardiovascular, pulmonary or transplant floor to gain exposure and knowledge from the medical perspective.

My ultimate goal is to one day have my own cardiopulmonary tissue engineering and regenerative medicine laboratory where I can develop/engineer hearts and/or lungs for transplant. This will make transplants more accessible to those who need them.


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