The family nurse practitioner will no longer spend just a few hours with patients who are having surgery, but help children and adults stay healthy over their lifetime.
Quaglino grew up in Wingdale, Dutchess County, and is the daughter of a registered nurse and an electrician and volunteer firefighter. Her father inspired her to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) during high school.
Prior to completing her family medicine schooling and rotations, Quaglino traveled to hospitals around the New York metro area in need of surgical nurses.
“Travel was a great opportunity for me to see what I could do and be exposed to nearly all the surgical specialties,” she said.
When she first began her career, she gained her nursing foundation at MidHudson Regional Hospital and Northern Westchester Hospital.
In 2020, she was profoundly changed during a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. She found it very hard to leave the developmentally delayed orphaned children and severely impoverished children who work at a Santiago De Los Caballeros landfill.
“The mission made me a better nurse practitioner because I realized no matter what country you are in, parents just want the best thing for their children,” she said.
Quaglino holds a master’s degree in nursing from Stony Brook University in Suffolk County, a bachelor’s from Drexel University in Philadelphia and an associate’s from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie.
In her spare time, she trains for ultra-marathons and spoils her two rescued hound dogs.
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