Changing Paths

Marianne Gambardella came to Goodwin College in search of a career change. Having already earned a bachelor’s degree from another school, Gambardella discovered that she possessed a deep passion for caring for others and enrolled in Goodwin’s nursing program.


In 2010, Gambardella’s grandmother was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, a cancer that develops in the glandular tissues of the body. She passed away after undergoing heavy treatments and numerous attempts to battle the disease. “She always called me her ‘little nurse.’ Although I had been thinking about going into nursing prior to her getting sick, losing her is what really motivated me to make the decision,” Gambardella stated.

With the support of her family and her passion ignited, Gambardella is well on her way to becoming a nurse. “The most fulfilling part about nursing is knowing I’m there to help those in need.”

Gambardella works full time at the Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, but is still able to make time for school. “Goodwin is so flexible with my work schedule. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else at this point in my life,” she said.

Her experiences at Goodwin have provided her with the support, reassurance, and encouragement she needs to succeed. “I’m accomplishing what I set out to do and have made wonderful friends along the way.”

While Gambardella’s nursing career may have begun after an unfortunate loss, she is honoring her grandmother’s memory by creating a future in which she will be helping others.

By: Hannah Stacy


Posted on April 3, 2014, in Student Spotlight. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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