Fast pace, full days suit Upstate College of Nursing student

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Star Bumbanac RN BS is a patient service manager in the Emergency Department at Upstate University Hospital as well as a student in the Nurse Practitioner master's degree program in our College of Nursing. Photos by Richard Whelsky.

The pace of an emergency room is a good match for Star Bumbanac’s energy level. Star  is one of two patient service managers in the Emergency Department at Upstate University Hospital.

“Everything comes to our door,” she said. Star’s office is responsible for the management, leadership and oversight of the Emergency Department’s pediatric, adult and minor treatment areas.

Along with her fast-paced, full-time job, Star (RN, BS) is a student in the Upstate College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner master’s degree program and a mother of three.

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Star Bumbanac RN BS

Star came to nursing indirectly. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Cazenovia College, and was deciding among social work, law school or nursing.

Nursing won out. After earning her RN from Crouse Hospital College of Nursing — “I’m a proud Crouse graduate,” she said — Star worked for a year as an ICU nurse at Crouse Hospital, then was a traveling nurse for a year before becoming a clinical educator at Faxton St. Luke’s Health Care in Utica.

While commuting from Syracuse, she took more nursing courses at Utica College and was a nursing instructor at Mohawk Valley Community College. She started her Upstate job in August, when she began her first semester in Upstate’s FNP program.

With that kind of energy, Star thrives in a busy Level-1 trauma center that’s part of an academic medical university.

“There are so many (academic and clinical) opportunities here,” she said. “You’re surrounded by medical residents and students in a learning environment. As a student, you want to be where there’s innovation and specialization. The opportunities at Upstate are endless.”


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