Chieco is a nursing student at Fairfield University.
The Richard P. Biondi Nurse Apprentice Program is a 7-week intensive giving participants experience in clinical areas in the Hospital including pediatrics, Emergency Department, endoscopy, post-anesthesia care unit, ICU step-down, labor and delivery, maternal-child, medical-surgical, oncology and neonatal intensive care.
The program is eight years old—and the hospital has hired 61 of its graduates.
“Since these students are already in our pipeline, they are the first individuals we look to hire,” said Program Counselor Annie Norris. “The nurse managers and staff get to know their work ethic, ambition and initiatives, as well as their organizational and priority setting skills during the summer.”
Named after the late Richard P. Biondi, who was a Senior Vice President of White Plains Hospital and was instrumental in leading fundraising initiatives on its behalf, the nurse apprentice program has been coordinated by Norris and Monica Purdy, Nursing Liason for Students, both registered nurses.
They direct the community outreach program at local schools and screen, select, evaluate and oversee the apprentices. The program was initially made possible by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as funding from White Plains Hospital.The program's full list of graduates:
Bianca Acuna, White Plains, PACE University
Luiza Andrade, West Harrison, PACE University
Karina Barreto, Port Chester, PACE University
Stacey Berroa, Mt. Vernon, Adelphi University
Lauren Boustrous, Yorktown Heights, Scranton University
Leah Briody, White Plains, SUNY Plattsburgh
Michelle Campos, White Plains, Adelphi University
Fanette Ceus, Elmsford, PACE University
Jennie Chieco, Bedford Corners, Fairfield University
Sarah DeLeno, Pelham, New York University
Amanda Ferraro, West Harrison, Sacred Heart University
Amanda Gariola, Sparkill, Penn State
Jessica Gonzalez, White Plains, College of Mt. St. Vincent’s
Janeen Hawkins, Mt. Vernon, PACE University
Ashley Johnson, Orange, Connecticut, New York University
Kristine Martin, Hawthorne, St. Mary’s College
Claire O’Connell, Highland Mills, Quinnipiac University
Vera Peraj, Yonkers, PACE University
Laura Power, New Rochelle, Scranton University
Marisa Rosario, White Plains, College of Mt. St. Vincent’s
Libin Samuel, Yonkers, Nyack College
Mark Sorian, White Plains, PACE University