Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
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During the 2022 summer commencement, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing professional BSN part-time program student Pierre Boisrond became a two-time FAU alumnus. Boisrond, also a former FAU football player and U.S. Army veteran, received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from FAU in 2010. This local, first-generation student came from humble beginnings, and he’s committed to continuing to serve his community after graduation.
What inspired you to choose nursing as a profession?
In every job I’ve had, I’ve wanted to help people. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a fear that someone would need my help and I wouldn’t be able to. My mom passed away from liver cancer, and I felt helpless. I couldn’t help my mom, but I hope to help other people in the future. I also love school and learning, as well as meeting new people from different backgrounds.
Do you have any mentors? How have they inspired you?
I had three: Dr. Kyndall Mammah, Dr. Beth King in the veteran’s program and my mom. My mom was a CNA and worked in a hospital. I’m a first-generation American, and my mom was my inspiration to go into the medical field. She would always check on us and keep us healthy.
Were you awarded any scholarships?
I received the Cape-V grant for veterans which is mainly focused helping vets transition into the field of nursing. I also received the George Snow Scholarship Fund: Palm Health Scholarship. Being awarded these scholarships was incredibly helpful - I could buy books, get gas to drive to Davie, a laptop for schoolwork and tuition support.
What job(s) you currently have?
I teach P.E. full-time at Lake Worth High School in Palm Beach County, and I’m a part-time security guard.
Do you have any other degrees?
I also have a master’s degree in Social Work.
How do you hope to affect a transformative change as a student or in your future career?
I want to help as many people as I can, especially people who grew up in similarly poor neighborhoods. I know what it’s like to go without food or be unable to pay for healthcare. I’m doing my clinical rotation in Belle Glade now and dealing with a lot of rural community issues.
What are your plans after graduation?
I have three areas of concentration: ICU, oncology and psych. I’d like to start in the ICU, and then get my doctorate in psychiatric nursing. People in my community are being locked up because of mental health problems. Ultimately, I want to get into oncology. I don’t want