How did Villanova prepare you for the role you are in today? Villanova offered many opportunities that allowed me to hone my management skills early on in my career. The College of Nursing incorporated leadership in every course, helping to prepare graduates for frontline management soon after graduation. Villanova’s Naval ROTC program paralleled this preparation, teaching me unique leadership skills and providing a strong network of friends and colleagues that I still maintain very close contact with today.
Why did you choose Naval ROTC? My parents were both Army Officers and, knowing their experiences, I knew I wanted to serve in a similar way. I knew I wanted to attend Villanova, and when looking at programs, I loved the history and culture that Villanova’s Naval ROTC offered. It was a difficult decision to go Navy in an Army household, but I’m still very happy with my decision! The Villanova Naval ROTC program is truly unique and was an amazing experience for me as an emerging leader.
What was your favorite class at Villanova? Anatomy and Physiology. This course presented a challenge, but Villanova’s professors and teaching assistants were engaged and passionate. They laid a foundation that I still utilize every day as a Registered Nurse.
What do you miss most about Villanova? I miss having so many of my closest friends nearby, and the basketball games are not the same on TV!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? A truly great leader surrounds herself with talented people who are unafraid to speak up and challenge her thinking.
What do you love about where you are now? Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is a major military hospital in the busiest military region in the country. This location affords a wide network of connections with all branches of the military. The Hampton Roads/Tidewater area has large Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard bases all closely located to one another, which encourages enterprise wide thinking and provides a truly unique military experience. I love working with this network of professionals, especially the gifted nurses I am privileged to lead on Portsmouth’s high risk Labor and Delivery floor.
What are some of your interests? Working to find solutions to caregiver stress and burnout, seeking creative solutions to nursing shortages and staffing demands, optimizing performance and talent management.
Do you have a major goal for yourself right now? Currently, I am halfway through a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. My goal is to continue to maintain a hands-on role as a Labor and Delivery nurse while utilizing business expertise to address real challenges the nursing profession is currently facing from a different prospective.
What is something about you that not many people know? I try and find time each day to do something that increases mindfulness. This is typically just a few minutes of my day spent pulling one or two weeds from my garden, but small rituals like this help me reset after a stressful day.
What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy spending as much time as I can with friends and family. My husband and I enjoy taking our two-year-old Golden Retriever on trail runs in the local Virginia State Parks.