March 27, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Matthew Zacchilli, a senior from Marlborough, Mass., has been selected as New Hampshire's Student Nurse of the Year. Governor Maggie Hassan and Peggy Lambert, president of the New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA), presented the award recently at a conference entitled "Creating Your Future."
The award is given to a student nurse who embodies all the finest qualities of nursing: caring, professionalism, advocacy, leadership and involvement.
"Matt is an outstanding student and has been a leader in his class from the beginning," says Maureen O'Reilly, interim executive director of nursing. "This is the fourth year in a row that a student from Saint Anselm College has received this award, which clearly speaks to the caliber of our students."
Professor Margaret Carson, in nominating Zacchilli, cited his caring nature, advocacy for fellow students, and dedication to serving the college and the profession.
"He is active in our student nurse association where he holds two positions: chair of the mentorship program and faculty liaison. He was voted by his classmates to co-chair the class pinning event," she says.
Zacchilli, a Dean's List student, has participated in study abroad and joined Winter Break Alternative trips to volunteer in Louisiana and the Dominican Republic. He also has raised funds supporting research into Batten Disease, a rare neurological disorder. He has volunteered at UMass Memorial Marlborough Hospital, and worked there as a certified nursing assistant. After graduation, he plans to work in critical care nursing and attend graduate school.