Nursing Seniors Named Finalists for Palm Healthcare Award

Alexandra Gropp

Alexandra Gropp and Jacqueline Muniz, both seniors in the School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University, have been named finalists for Student of the Year by the Palm Healthcare Foundation.

The award recipient will be announced during foundation’s Nursing Distinction Awards dinner today at The Breakers in Palm Beach.

The students said they were honored to be nominated for the award by faculty members. “It’s so humbling. It’s a true testament to hard work paying off,” said Gropp, of Princeton, N.J.

Gropp holds a bachelor’s degree in business and previously worked in marketing in New York City before deciding to attend nursing school. “I wanted to do something more fulfilling,” she said.

She said she came to PBA because the idea of a bachelor’s program appealed to her. But the family atmosphere within the School of Nursing solidified her decision, she said.

“It’s a support system,” she said. “We really and truly want everybody to succeed.”

Jacqueline Muniz

Muniz said she, too, appreciates the family atmosphere, as well as the Christ-centered nursing program. “Everybody knows your name here,” the Wellington resident said.

Muniz, who hopes to work in pediatrics after graduation, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 12. She remembers being hospitalized at Palms West Medical Center. “The way the nurses took care of me there made me want to become a nurse,” she said.

She is presently working as a nurse intern in pediatrics at Bethesda Medical Center. Gropp is working as a nurse extern in trauma at Delray Medical Center, and she hopes eventually to work in the field of nursing informatics.