Ann Sinewick BSN '05, MSN '14 had already lived a very busy life as a staff nurse at South Shore Hospital and the mother of four children when she began to look at her career as not merely a job, but as a profession. That awakening led her to return to college to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) degree at Emmanuel College, graduating in 2005 with Presidential Honors.
But she wasn't done.
"Returning to academia pushed me to achieve, while in the RN-to-BSN program I took on a new job as a critical care nurse in the MSICU at Boston Children's Hospital at 40 years of age," Ann recalls. "My goals had no boundaries. I had always dreamed I would work in a pediatric intensive care unit and did not want to live with regret for not trying. The professors who supported me through my program encouraged those goals. I knew I would attend graduate school but was uncertain of the path I would take."
Her future path, it turned out, was very familiar. When a pamphlet arrived in the mail one day announcing a new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Emmanuel, Ann applied and was accepted. "I knew that I wanted to work in academia and teach undergraduate nursing students," she says. "I have so many years of pediatric experience and various teachable moments and I felt that it would be a waste to not share that experience with the next generation of nurses."
Last May, Ann graduated with her MSN from Emmanuel after three years in the program. "I felt supported the entire time by the nursing faculty. Our class was continually asked for feedback on the program and they were quick to respond. Diane Arathuzik [Chair of the Nursing Department] especially went above and beyond in making sure that we would be successful in our program," says Ann.
Her children are now adults, leaving Ann more time to devote to her profession. She continues to work part-time as a staff nurse at Boston Children's Hospital, where she went to work in 2003, and she teaches at numerous undergraduate nursing programs in the Boston area as a clinical instructor, giving her students the benefit of her 29 years of nursing experience infused with a passion for a profession she loves.
But she isn't done at Emmanuel. In spring 2015, Ann returns to campus as an adjunct professor to teach undergraduate nursing students. "I have an enriched work life doing what I love and I am so glad I chose Emmanuel College's graduate program that taught me to bring scholarship to my real world nursing approach in teaching my students," says Ann.
Welcome back, Ann.