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Student Profile: Timothy Clyne '15, M.S. Nursing

Morristown, N.J. (April 27, 2015) – Tim Clyne has enjoyed a Catholic-based education throughout his life. "There is something about the values in a Catholic organization that appeals to me," he says. Which is why he has pursued his career at both Saint Vincent's Medical Center in New York and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, N.J. (sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth) and his education here at CSE.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware, Clyne began working at Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York, in the psychiatric setting as a mental health worker. He was encouraged by his nursing colleagues to look into nursing as a profession; an idea that began to intrigue him. The next stop on his journey was Union County College, Trinitas School of Nursing where he earned his associate degree, became a Registered Nurse, and began working as a staff nurse in oncology at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Clyne values education, and working at Trinitas gave him yet another opportunity to continue his education at the master's level. Through CSE's bridge program, Clyne only had to take a few nursing courses to qualify for the master's program because he already had a B.A. in psychology.

"What I have enjoyed most about the master's program is the cohort concept; I have been with the same group of people all the way through the program," he says. "This challenging program of study was made more attainable through the relationships forged within the cohort group. We were able to see each other's progress throughout the program, which served as validation of my own growth."

The faculty at CSE are also rewarding to work with because of the challenges they put in front of the students.

"They guide me, but they never spoon-feed me," he recalls. "I know they want me to succeed, but I have to earn it."

Some of what he learned at CSE he has been able to put into practice in his current position as nurse manager at Trinitas. He has collaborated on writing grants to fund the hospital elder life program that focuses on reducing the risk of developing delirium in the hospitalized elderly patient, a particularly vulnerable population. He has been published in trade journals and featured on about the elder program, as well as, promotion of excellence in the professional education of the oncology nurse.

"The bridge program and the cohort class makes this degree attainable," Clyne advises. "CSE and Trinitas are instrumental in my education. I plan to continue to the doctoral level and teach in the future."

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