DNP Profile: Annie Samuel

Dec 9, 2017
Annie Samuel

DNP Program/Graduation Year: Post-MS DNP Completion, May 2018


Current Position/Job: Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health Services and Medical Primary Care, Elmhurst Hospital


Location: Elmhurst, Health and Hospitals, New York City, New York



Q: What is your background in nursing and what made you want to be a nurse?

A: My parents advised me to choose nursing as a career and profession. They thought that I would be able to help the sick and at the same time have a good life. I completed my bachelor's and master’s degree in Nursing at the College of Nursing, Vellore India. I worked in Dubai for about three years before immigrating to America. After obtaining my license as a registered nurse, I became an educator in the staff development department of a long-term care public hospital. Subsequently, I became a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing and transferred to an acute care hospital in Manhattan, New York. While working in nursing education, I had the opportunity to complete the post master’s certificate program in Family Health from Pace University. After working as a family nurse practitioner in the private and public sector for about 18 years, I have pursued the DNP program. It has been a great privilege and honor to work as a family nurse practitioner in the private and public sector for the last 20 years. 



Q: What is your inspiration as a nurse?

A: My inspiration in nursing comes from my ideology to be kind, caring and to do what is morally and ethically right. It gives me great joy and satisfaction when I have made a difference in an individual’s state of health and wellness.


Q: Why did you choose the UMass Amherst College of Nursing?

A: I chose UMass because of the excellent reputation. The entirely online program and reasonable tuition fee attracted me to the program.  I will be able to complete the program in three years and have done all the coursework at my own pace while working full time. I was able to balance work, life, and studies. I received excellent support from all my teachers and support staff.


Q: What are your plans for the future?

 A: I plan to teach so that I can impart my knowledge and expertise to the new generation of nurses. I hope to be an example of hard work, dedication, and excellence in nursing.