The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Meet Our Alumni: Liz Catherine Cory DNP '20

May 24, 2020



As part of our coverage of 2020 Nurses Month and the World Health Organization's 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we asked Liz Cory, DNP '20 to share her nursing story. 

What inspired you to become a nurse?

It sounds cliché, but nursing is my calling. My family and I emigrated to the United States when I was 16 years old. I worked as a medical secretary while in college for a private physician’s office, and his wife is a nurse. From that experience, I saw the caring relationship nurses bring that made the patients feel special. Every day I am reminded why I became a nurse—to be a catalyst for change.

What kind of work are you doing now?

 I am practicing as an Advanced Practice Nurse in New York City for the adult and geriatric population.

Please share any reflections or experiences about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your work.

I was in my last semester of completing my DNP Capstone project when an unexpected obstacle transpired as coronavirus hit NYC as if it was overnight last March. There was palpable anxiety from this invisible unknown and the uncertainty for our safety. Together with my team, I helped address acute health concerns and exacerbation of chronic conditions from both COVID and non-COVID patients; to help offset the surge in the Emergency Department. This pandemic magnified the disparities within this already vulnerable population, and telehealth helped in connecting with patients.  I serve as a mentor for new registered nurses through the American Nurses Association and a part of the awards committee for NY state.

Would you like to comment about your UMass Amherst nursing education? 

UMass Amherst’s online post master’s DNP program has been similar to in-campus experience. They utilize many web-based communication programs. As an accredited institution, they have faculty members who are exceptional and supportive to adult learners. A few students who are also living in different parts of the world take their courses, which is proof that they are literally “world-class.”

What are your hopes and plans for the future? 

I hope to inspire and motivate another ambitious nurse to conquer the limits of their thoughts and fears. I want to continue mentoring nurses and contribute to Nursing Science. 

Would you like to offer any advice for people who are considering a career in nursing? 

For those who are undecided, or considering Nursing: It is as fulfilling as one would allow it to be, and as a lifelong career, the opportunities are endless.