Hometown: Williamstown, Mass.
Nursing major Daniel Tamea has always been interested in medicine. As a young lad and the son of a surgeon, Daniel remembers sitting in his father’s office listening to dictations and hearing the words of “thanks” that his father received from patients. As a young man, Daniel chose the field of nursing because he wanted a job that would make a difference in someone else’s life. After taking prerequisite courses at a community college in Pittsfield, Mass., a classmate recommended SVC’s nursing program, which he says he came to find is, “more difficult than anticipated…but more rewarding as well.”
Daniel, who received an associate’s degree in Nursing at SVC, stepped up to a leadership role in the program, mentoring and helping to organize study groups for fellow nursing students. The summer after he earned an associate's degree, he was employed as a graduate nurse on the surgical floor at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., and now he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at SVC. He looks forward to the diverse medical options to choose from in the field, such as pediatrics and anesthesiology, and he also plans to pursue a master’s degree in Nursing.
In his spare time, Daniel is restoring an 18-foot wooden sailboat. At the age of 15, he became obsessed with the fine details and craftsmanship of wooden boats and soon after he got a job as a boat carpenter, restoring antique wooden boats in Maine and Boston.
Susan has spent much of her professional nursing career as a teacher.
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