"Thank you for the opportunity to let you know what great preparation I had at Wheaton for the roles I've had as a nurse. I was in the class of 1984 and was one of the first classes to participate in the Wheaton/Rush University College of Nursing Program. I spent the majority of my career, 28 years, at Rush University Medical Center in a variety of nursing roles, including clinical, education, and administrative roles. Two years ago I took a position as the Director of Educational Programs for the American Organization of Nurse Executives, a professional membership association. In this role, I provide oversight for educational programs at a national level for nurses in leadership roles, from emerging leaders to nurse executive.
I went to Wheaton to understand science firmly rooted in faith. Wheaton gave me a solid foundation for nursing school and my career, preparing me emotionally, academically, and spiritually for the challenges of working with patients and families in crisis and working with the interdisciplinary team to promote health. Wheaton taught me to ask questions, to dig deeper to understand. These skills have been immensely valuable as a nurse. As an RA at Wheaton, I honed my relationship and communication skills and learned the elements of a caring environment. I have used these skills throughout my career. The rigor of my Wheaton courses served me well as I continued my education through a BSN, MSN, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP).
Wheaton expected me to be a leader, integrating faith, work, and life. Rooted in my faith, I have used my nursing skills in both formal and informal roles to seek to bring healing and wholeness. Wheaton taught me how to use my mind, heart, and hands to make a difference. Beyond my formal roles, this has lead to opportunities like establishing a volunteer wellness clinic for low income seniors in Chicago, helping to coordinate a wellness fair for a Chicago Public High School, and working with CPS grammar school kids to expose them to nursing as a career.
My daughter is a freshman at Wheaton this fall. Attending orientation reminded my again of how meaningful my time there was. I'm grateful she can have the same experience."