Meeting the Demand for Skilled Health Care Practitioners
Alumni change the landscape of local health care and pave the way for our students to earn leadership roles in an increasingly complex landscape of medical advances, regulatory changes, and a greater reliance on technology.
The Marchettis Answer Call to Service
As the nursing field continues to evolve, Monmouth University has been a forerunner in meeting the demands of its students. Our history goes all the way back to 1943 when we offered pre-clinical training to nursing students in cooperation with the Monmouth Memorial School of Nursing (now Monmouth Medical Center) and the Ann May School of Nursing at Fitkin Memorial Hospital. One couple has played a central role in promoting our development–Carl ’91M and Janice Marchetti ’85.
Dr. Carl and Janice Marchetti not only share over 55 years of marriage, but also the distinction of being among the pioneering group behind the Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Carl, a certified OB-GYN, earned an MBA from Monmouth in 1991 and was honored by President Barack Obama with the 2013 President’s Call to Service Award, which is presented to those who demonstrate passionate devotion to the success of their communities by volunteering for more than 4,000 hours. He joined the inaugural staff at Jersey Shore Medical Center in 1966 after completing a three-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Fitkin Memorial Hospital, the precursor to Jersey Shore.
In 1981, he became the first physician to join the hospital administration. During his administrative career at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Carl helped guide and deliver not only more than 5,000 babies but also many advanced health care services and programs, including the regional cardiac surgery program, a regional trauma center, extensive development of academic and research programs, and multiple hospital construction projects.
Outside of the hospital, his leadership of the New Jersey Health Planning Council helped launch new health care services across the state through the certificate of need process, and helped guide the move toward increased regionalization and partnership within the state’s health care delivery system.
In December 2009, Carl was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by William Larkin, Mayor of Ocean Township, at the Township of Ocean Inaugural Mayor’s Charity Ball.
“As a [former] long-time resident of Ocean Township, Dr. Marchetti has achieved such significance in the medical field and, in turn, has given so much back to our community,” said Larkin. “It was just natural that he receives this award as our way of thanking him for all he has done.”
He is currently a part-time gynecologist at Monmouth County Associates Healthcare for Women. Many of his volunteer hours have been spent with the Boy Scouts of America, and in recognition of his many years of outstanding service, he was the recipient in 2004 of the second Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was honored for 50 years of service on the Order of the Arrow National Committee. He is the only person in the 100-year history of the Boy Scouts to serve on any national committee of the organization for 50 years.
Carl’s wife, Janice, was a student in the 1960s at the Ann May School of Nursing at Fitkin Hospital, where she achieved a perfect score of 800 in the pediatrics section of her state boards. While attending Monmouth in the early 1980s to earn her BSN degree, she started the Lambda Delta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society as a “senior change project.” The chapter was chartered on March 11, 1990. STTI is one of the largest nursing honor societies in the world. Now with about 175 members, the Monmouth chapter includes BSN and MSN students, community leaders, faculty, and alumni. The Lambda Delta chapter has also established an award in her honor.
“Janice was instrumental in creating Monmouth’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing,” said Maureen Bowe ’99, a Janice Marchetti Leadership Award recipient. “Janice was a mentor to many of us. I was honored to receive this award having known and worked with Janice. It was one of the highlights of my professional nursing career.”
The demand for skilled health care providers is growing as baby boomers reach retirement age. With a looming shortage of nurses, more highly skilled nurses are needed to fill administrative leadership roles in an increasingly complex landscape of medical advances, regulatory changes, and a greater reliance on portable and mobile technology.
Thanks to alumni like Carl and Janice, Monmouth is positioned perfectly as a leading university for nursing, including the addition of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2011. For nurses and those planning to enter the field, this means more opportunity to address the many health care challenges facing our nation.
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B.S. in Nursing
Co-founder of We Care Adult Day Care, named Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs by New Jersey Monthly
“Monmouth University really exemplifies and gives you the tools you need in the work force today.”
Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society
Eta Sigma Gamma is the national honor society for health education. Eta Sigma Gamma’s mission is to promote the health education discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally prepared individuals through teaching/education, service and research. Events regularly hosted on campus include first aid and CPR training, “Operation Sleighbells” for families in need during the holidays, blood drives, and “Relay for Life.”
Exciting Internship Opportunities in the Lab
Medical laboratory science majors from the Department of Chemistry and Physics are consistently at the top of their internship classes, earn certification from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and promptly secure employment in a variety of laboratory settings. Pre-professional health students have completed internships at Monmouth Medical Center, Detroit Mercy Dental School, Nassau Medical Center, and at local physician, dental, and veterinary offices.
Only One of Three PA Programs in NJ
Forbes magazine ranked physician assistant studies as the best master’s degree for jobs based on long-term opportunity and salary. The profession has made many best jobs lists in the past few years—a testament to its continued demand and value. Physician assistants have a median salary of $108,430 per year and a 31% projected job growth from 2018–2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Demand for Nurses on the Rise
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. More than half a million employment opportunities for registered nurses (RNs) are projected to open up between 2012 and 2022. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Doctor of Nursing Practice is accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Monmouth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Monmouth University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Read the full accreditation statement.
- The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is the first mental health counseling program in NJ to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Searching for Answers through Science and Research
With initiatives such as the Summer Research Program and Peer Mentoring, our students are positioned to make significant advances in scientific research.
Graduate Makes Waves in School of Science
Marine biology first showed signs as a field of study in 1200 BC when the Phoenicians used the stars to track their ocean voyages. A more definitive recording of the science didn’t happen until around 380 BC in Greece when Aristotle, known as the father of marine biology, identified a variety of species.
Fast forward over 2,000 years and nearly 5,000 miles west on the campus of Monmouth University, and one marine chemist in particular has made significant strides in research as an undergraduate to find answers to these age old questions. Considering oceans cover about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, his findings could have a profound impact. Pete Chace, a 2012 Summer Research Program participant who attained a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in May 2015, is a standout alumnus who embraces exploration and analysis.
From long-term plankton studies in Barnegat Bay to researching in Seattle for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth-Oceans Interactions Group to a presentation in Spain showing the geochemical impacts of shallow volcanic gas vents on coral reefs, the young academic career of this New Jersey native could never be called lackluster.
“He’s motivated by the things he’s passionate about,” said Robin Kucharczyk, a mentor and former professor and perhaps one of his biggest fans. “Life is a chemistry experiment for him. He is one of the smartest, most ambitious and modest students I’ve encountered.”
And the tide of Pete’s career is just getting started. Interspersed among his numerous research projects was a five-year stint as a jellyfish curator, interpreter, and relief aquarist at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant.
Pete has always wanted to be a scientist. At the age of seven he would frequent the brackish waterways in his hometown of Brick Township and volunteer at nature centers. He discovered his passion for learning more about fish and decided, when he grew up, he would be an ichthyologist—otherwise known as a fish scientist.
Armed with a double major in chemistry and marine and environmental biology and policy as well as a minor in statistics, the then 22-year-old had already mapped out the next stage of his life prior to commencement in May 2015.
He has since returned to the West Coast to complete his master’s degree at Oregon State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography, studying the chemical-biological interfaces of extreme habitats, particularly those of deep-sea vents. This is Pete’s third trip to the West Coast; in the summer of 2013 he interned for 10 weeks at Oregon State as part of a research experience for undergraduates, and in summer 2014 he received a NOAA scholarship and studied the chemistry of hydrothermal vents at the University of Washington in Seattle.
When asked about his dream job, Pete said without hesitation that he aspires to be a research professor. An academic career would enable him to continue his research but also share his knowledge with students—something he has been doing for three years at Monmouth as a Peer Mentor in the School of Science.
The Peer Mentoring program is co-directed by associate dean of the School of Science Catherine Duckett, Ph.D, and specialist professor of biology Jeffrey Weisburg, Ph.D. Mentors meet with first-year students periodically throughout the semester, both individually and in group activities. They answer questions about life at Monmouth and how to obtain academic assistance and other help on campus. They also encourage critical thinking that will enable students to solve their own problems.
“Pete has distinguished himself as a Peer Mentor in many ways, mostly by his authenticity and intellectual drive,” said Duckett. “His intense grilling of potential Peer Mentors during our group interview role plays where he pretends to be a disgruntled and depressed first-year student have been legendary performances.”
Duckett added, “He is committed to a life as a marine scientist and will be a stellar researcher and a good-humored but cynical faculty member. He has been critical to our recruitment of well-spoken graduate students for our ‘success in graduate school’ panels. I have no doubt of his future success. Pete is tenacious and indomitable; these are his greatest strengths.”
As evidenced by his many fans, Pete has taken full advantage of every opportunity offered at the School of Science. When he wasn’t studying, researching, or mentoring, Pete spent some time working with associate professor of chemistry and physics, Tsanangurayi Tongesayi, Ph.D., on developing environmental remediation technologies.
Beyond his aspirations of becoming a research professor, Pete also said he hopes to publish a book or two. When pushed to choose another career if science no longer was an option, he said, “I’d probably be a writer or journalist. I am interested in a lot of things. People might be surprised to hear that I love reading, writing, and theater.”
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Medical Student at Drexel University College of Medicine
Presents Summer Research at National Conference
Genevieve Fasano completed research on changes in gene expression in rats following inflammation. She presented her research at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Andrology (ASA) in Atlanta, GA. Fasano graduated from the Monmouth University Honors School and attends Drexel University College of Medicine.
B.S. Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology
B.S. Health Studies
Class of 2016
“I was given the chance to participate in the 2014 School of Science Summer Research Program. The knowledge that I acquired was nothing but enjoyable and very fascinating. I was able to focus mainly on my research which is biochemistry-based, in which I worked with DNA, RNA, hammerhead ribozymes, the SELEX process, and a lot more. I used a variety of techniques and learned a lot of different methods that helped me gain enough information to present at the School of Science Summer Research Program Symposium.”
Advances in Combating the Antibiotic Resistance Threat
Professor of Biology James P. Mack is a faculty mentor, working with students to explore new solutions to every day problems. Professor Mack and Wardha K. Qureshi ’14 tested the use of common essential oils against treatment resistant bacteria. She presented a poster on the topic at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2014.
The Growing Need for Speech Language Pathologists
A student clinician finds her own voice while helping others speak and the different ways the Center for Speech and Language uplifts the community.
Making a Difference, One Word at a Time
Robin Arce ’06, ’16M had a solid job as a bank manager when she decided to make a change. She was restless for an opportunity that would allow her to help people, just as she had witnessed her parents do through their jobs at a hospital when she was growing up. A few of Robin’s friends worked in speech-language pathology (SLP) and, after researching it further, she soon found herself back at Monmouth University.
Eight years after receiving her undergraduate degree, Robin enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program, a 60-credit, full-time, cohort-based graduate program. She was delighted to return to a school that she still felt was home. Robin was excited at the chance to facilitate hands-on therapy at the University.
Once enrolled, Robin learned about Monmouth’s plans for a new Center for Speech and Language Disorders. The clinic became an integral part of her graduate experience at Monmouth.
Barbara Miller, the clinical director, encouraged all the students to become involved with the clinic. They all contributed in their own ways, from setting up treatment rooms to developing programming. Part of Robin’s work at the clinic included creating a Facebook page to help attract clients and keep the community updated on progress at the clinic.
“Working in the clinic, we have our own therapy rooms. We’re in full control over what we do in a session. And there’s an observation room, there’s intercoms … it’s a whole different experience to be in a clinic as opposed to being in a school with a very set curriculum,” said Robin.
She originally wanted to work in SLP to help children, but through an assignment working with adults, she became comfortable with clients of all ages. Robin was assigned to adults with aphasia, a language disorder most often caused by a stroke that affects a person’s ability to speak. She said that working with adults helped her apply her skills in a new way, and she feels that her newly found desire to help adults will drive her career forward.
Robin was assigned to work with Kathy, who had suffered a stroke three years earlier. Kathy had been to other programs, but her husband, Peter, was particularly pleased with her progress at the MU clinic.
“Robin, especially, is just wonderful; she’s formed a bond with Kathy, and that’s just great,” said Peter. “She’s progressing.”
The SLP program is about more than just typical clinical work. The students teach patients through other types of non-traditional therapy, like baking, music, and tie-dying shirts. Students make sure that caregivers like Peter are also included. The clinic has arranged for structured group therapy, including bringing over students from Monmouth’s psychology department. The caregivers’ health and well-being is as important as the patient’s, and is too often ignored.
“The therapy helps her and me both,” said Peter. “Kathy’s a great survivor, and she’s doing well. But there’s a lot of crap in life, and it’s good to talk to others who have the same problems. We have group therapy, and that’s been very helpful to me.”
Robin talks about the joy of teaching the “simple things” that most people take for granted. When Kathy began the program, she couldn’t say her address and telephone number, even though she had already been in therapy for two years. She would turn to her husband who would have to be her voice. She didn’t have confidence and felt that her words didn’t matter. Now, Kathy is able to answer that question easily, and Robin couldn’t be more proud. She gives credit to the guidance from the faculty and staff in the Speech-Language Pathology program.
“The support, the drive, and the passion that the faculty has for this field and our success are just incredible. Barbara (Miller) constantly gives us opportunities to get other experiences so we’re not just limited to the textbook, the classroom, and the clinic. She’s built a ton of relationships outside of the clinic; we’re completely involved with the whole community,” said Robin.
During one group session, Kathy surprised Robin by opening up about her feelings.
“I feel very good about myself coming here. I’m learning so much from Robin; I wish I’d had her two years ago,” Kathy said.
Not only did the words surprise Robin, but when Kathy started the program six months ago, she would not have been able to articulate that thought.
“Just to see her progress…she has never said that type of stuff to me. That is probably a memory I’ll never forget,” said Robin.
“Communication is the root of everything. So something as simple as a child being able to raise their hand and indicate that they want to be picked up, or saying mama or dada, it seems so elementary to a child who is developing typically, but not to a child that’s never said anything.”
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“Volunteering at the at the center has been a positive experience, which now puts Monmouth at the top of my list of schools for graduate school in pursuit of my dream to become a speech pathologist.”
Retired, former principal of the Bayshore Developmental Learning Center
“The major challenge of autism as well as most disabilities is the ability to receive and express needs, thoughts and feelings. Special education is constantly evolving, and tomorrow’s teachers in the field of communication disorders need a teaching philosophy that holds that research and clinical work go hand-in-hand. Monmouth University is once again on the cutting edge of special education, and this new program will provide not only a research-based curriculum and clinical training program, but through solid research mentoring will encourage independence and innovation for our future teachers in the field of communication sciences and disorders.”
Declan Receives Help for a Speech Delay
“The students are so energetic; he thinks he’s going on a play date. He says, “Speech! Speech!” He plays and the whole time he doesn’t realize he’s learning. From the time he started here until now, we have two-word phrases. He’s doing a lot of the rounding of his mouth better. He’s just really doing better. The students have so much energy, and you can tell they’re so well educated. Barbara is absolutely phenomenal. I couldn’t really ask for it to be any better” – Danielle Dolan, mother of two-year-old Declan, who has a speech delay due to ear infections.
Walter finds a home away from home at the Speech and Language Center
“I love the clinicians; they are very kind. They’re all warm and seem like they love what they do. They seem like a family. Before this, Walter didn’t have anything to look forward to. Coming here, he’s able to talk, even though not many words can be understood. His family has expressed to me that since he’s been coming here, they’ve been able to understand him better. They even taught him how to bake; he never did that before he was going to the clinic. The students there motivate him to do more. They have music and stuff like that, which he loves. It helps him to express himself in different ways. He’s a lot happier; he wakes up singing.” – Sabrina, caregiver of Walter, an aphasia patient in his 80s
Growth in Speech-Language Pathology
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for speech-language pathologist is $71,550, and they predict that 26,000 jobs will open up before 2022 due to the aging baby boomer population.