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Student Profile: Renée Washington '15, Healthcare Management

Morristown, N.J. (March 17, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth runs off-site healthcare and nursing programs in Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J. Renée Washington, already armed with a degree in business administration, was looking into a master's degree in healthcare management that would add to her skill set. Put the two together, add some determination, support from family and friends, and faith, and Renée Washington is about to graduate with a master's degree is healthcare management, just in time for her to move into her new position as a patient informatics manager at Trinitas.

Washington has worked in the healthcare field for many years as a staffing coordinator in the nursing department where she grew with the job, coordinating the staffing resources of the department, taking on payroll, mentoring new hires, and coordinating the nurses' residency programs.

The healthcare management program is conducted on site at Trinitas Regional Medical Center (also a Sisters of Charity sponsored organization). This worked perfectly for Washington as she was getting the "itch" to return to school. With both professional and personal growth in mind, and classes in her interest area being held at her workplace, it was a natural fit.

As the patient informatics manager, Washington will be managing information technology systems, budget oversight, and data analysis. The healthcare management master's program has given her the tools to move into this position. "I learned the core competencies that are required for the position through the CSE cohort program," she says. "Even though I am a bit out of my comfort zone, I know that I can take on this job with a degree of confidence."

Washington is a mom of three; her daughter has her master's in public administration, her older son is earning his master's in homeland security, and her youngest son is a sophomore in high school. "I set the bar high for myself and my children," she offers. "I set my goal of graduating with a 4.0 GPA, which I will be doing and I just received the Student Academic Leadership Award. If I can do this, so can my children!"

Advice from Renée Washington to others considering returning to school. "First and foremost, make up your mind to start the program, then do it! Don't worry about how long it will take; be encouraged by each step completed and don't look back. Develop relationships with your classmates and professors; they will all support you, and you, them. There may be times that you feel like quitting – but don't! Embrace what the program has to offer, and complete each requirement to the best of your ability."

Next for Renée? "I was thinking about law school..."

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