Student Profile: Stephen Zombil

Oct 20, 2017
Stephen Zombil

DNP concentration and my graduation date: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and my expected graduation date is May 2018


Current Job/Position: Nursing Supervisor at Adcare Hospital in Worcester and also a clinical adjunct faculty for Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester


Location: Worcester, MA


Q: How did your career as a nurse start and what do you find most rewarding about it?

A: My desire to become a nurse dates back to 1994 when I watched my mother passed away in the hands of the wonderful and caring nurses who truly demonstrated the love of the nursing profession in their work and interaction with my sick mother and the entire family. As part of my nursing journey, I started out as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in a long-term facility and enjoyed doing it for 7 years before obtaining my nursing degree in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Helping vulnerable population, as well as patients and their families and friends, go through what is often a difficult time for them is extremely satisfying and rewarding for me as a nurse


Q: What made you decide to become a DNP and why did you choose UMass Amherst?

A: The satisfaction and reward I feel every day by helping people who are in need of nursing care and training students to become wonderful future nurses has inspired my interest to become a DNP prepared nurse to gain more knowledge to provide care at an advanced level. I choose Umass Amherst for my DNP because I fell in love with the College of Nursing when I started the Accelerated Bachelor’s program. As a result of the love I developed, there was no better place for me to go for my master’s and now my DNP. All the professors I have encountered are excellent and top-notch. The college embraces diversity and provides an enabling environment for all students to excel irrespective of color, gender, nationality, or sexuality. All these contributed to making the university and the nursing program the university and program of choice for me for all my nursing degrees.  

The following professors, in particular, have been and continue to be very inspirational and demonstrated professionalism worthy of emulation: Gabrielle AbelardPamela AseltonElizabeth HennemanKim DionJean DeMartinis; and Terrie Black. In addition, Karen Ayote and Andrea Juno who are non-faculty staff are always there for me to answer my questions and help me get all the help I need to succeed.


Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: My plans for the future are to practice part-time as a PMHNP; teach full time, and to own an outpatient psychiatric practice at some point.