Having graduated from Salve Regina University, I decided to stay in Western Massachusetts near my home and continued to work at a State School for the developmentally challenged where I had been employed during my college years. As a head nurse I was asked to join a colleague as an instructor in the LPN Program. I then enrolled in evening courses at UMass, Amherst.
After being awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, I attended Boston University graduating with a M.S. in Nursing and focused on those with developmental disabilities.
We moved and I worked in a Nursing Program; my focus was to retain students and develop support systems for ESL students. Within a few years, we moved again and while I searched for a suitable position, I became involved in my husband’s business assisting in administration and product design.
Soon I found a new fit and became the manager of a Home Health Agency where my newly developed business skills were utilized. During that time we developed services for psychiatric mental health clients in their homes. While at a nursing conference I was introduced to recruiters for a private psychiatric hospital and decided to return to caring for those with developmental and psychiatric health issues.
We needed to move back to Massachusetts and I accepted a position at American International College, developing a grant for a student experience at the Hampden County Jail.
Soon I joined the Mass. Nurses Association (MNA) which led to being a district representative at MNA. Later on, I ran for President, succeeded and represented MNA in Washington D.C., participating at the White House with Hillary Clinton in the Health Care for All initiative.
With that experience, Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA offered me the management of a 3 year, $3 million project “AIDS Outreach to Pregnant Women” developing two sites, one in Boston and L.A. During that time, I also produced a television program “Nurses Keeping You in Touch with Your Community” (Springfield) and then returned to nursing near my Springfield home.
The Women’s Center for Wellness at Rockville Hospital, recruited me to managed that nurse run facility, a novel concept in solo M.D. practice environment.
When that project was well established I became Deputy Director of Health and Human Service in my hometown, Springfield, managing the nursing staff and the Health Services for the Homeless Program for 13 years.
Concurrently, I earned a M.S. in Psychiatric Health Nursing and became a member of the UMass College of Nursing Board. Having enjoyed a multifaceted career I was offered a position at UMass and contributed to the Undergraduate Nursing Programs. My main interest was the R.N. to B.S. Program.
Now at Bay Path University, I continue my focus on adult learners and truly enjoy students who have exciting experiences that enhance their studies.