Rosario Sanchez '13 started at Monmouth while working two jobs-as a critical care nurse and teaching pediatric advanced life support. To achieve a master's degree, she needed a program that could be completed at her own pace. Pursuing a master's degree in forensic nursing at Monmouth-primarily online and at one of only a few institutions in the country that offer the program-gave her the balance she needed.
"Taking classes online gave me the opportunity to advance through the program without taking a day off from work," Rosario said. "A lot of master's nursing students have full-time jobs and a family, and while there is a lot of work to undertake, the professors are readily available to help you over the phone and in person with any issues that arise."
While taking classes online, Rosario was still able to make a profound difference on campus as the Monmouth University Professional Nursing Association president, where she helped raise money for a nursing school in Uganda and organized the annual health fair on Monmouth's campus. She also volunteered at two local nonprofits, helping those in need receive medical care, shelter, and food.
Now that she's completed her studies at Monmouth, Rosario wants to fight crime and violence by working with law enforcement officials to apply nursing science to public and legal proceedings. She believes her experience at Monmouth has made that dream possible. "Monmouth has allowed me to obtain a degree in a specialty that is new to nursing and has allowed me to become a leader in nursing," Rosario said. "I've also met dedicated and wonderful nursing students that I consider my friends."
Faculty Member Influence
Professor Joanne McGurl - a graduate of Monmouth herself - inspired me to keep going and never give up. She would tell me that age was only a number and that I had the opportunity to turn 40, have a degree in my hands, and make a difference not only in my life but in the lives of others around me.
Collaborations that I've been involved with
As part of a class with Associate Dean Sharon Stark, I was able to submit an article for publication to a nursing journal. I wrote about a topic that I feel is extremely important-human trafficking-and Dr. Stark helped me with my questions and submitting the article.