Familiarity is good. When Teresa Finamore began looking to expand her education beyond nursing, she looked at College of Saint Elizabeth, an institution sponsored by the Sisters of Charity, as is her employer, Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
“I’m Catholic and what better way is there to pursue a degree than in an environment I am comfortable with?” said Finamore. She is enrolled in the graduate program in health care management, with most classes held on site at Trinitas – which makes it very convenient. Taking one class a semester, she expects to graduate in spring of 2015.
“The professors are academically prepared…they make you feel you can achieve anything…they make you believe in yourself,” said Finamore. “I also like the cohort format…it helps when you want to get a study group together or work on a group project.” Most of the students are Trinitas employees, many of them from nursing. While she enjoys this setting, she also likes going to campus occasionally, as she did for the Ethics Class.
Finamore has been a nurse for 33 years, starting her career in the U.S. after graduating from Far Eastern University in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started her career at Elizabeth General, moved to Los Angeles and worked at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, then returned to Trinitas (formerly Elizabeth General) when moving back East to assist her aging parents. She specializes in nursing areas such as nursing management, critical care, surgical intensive care and organ transplantation.
At present, she is clinical coordinator of the Medical Renal Telemetry Unit where she applies her critical care and managerial skills. “I’m already using what I learn in the health care management program,” she said. “It makes me a better coordinator and leader.”