Josephine Sanchez, former student and adjunct instructor will be taking on a new role as faculty member within the Nursing Programs at the College of Elizabeth. Her duties as the faculty member will consist of teaching and advising students as well as participating in Area events.
Ms. Sanchez received her BSN in Nursing from the College of Saint Elizabeth (2006) and received her masters degree in Nursing from William Paterson College.
She began teaching as a adjunct professor during Fall 2011. Ms. Sanchez is an Alumna of the BSN program and serves on the Saint Elizabeth Nursing Alumni (SENA) committee, coordinating fundraisers and social events. She has also participated in the Dominican Republic Service trip. Because Josephine speaks fluent Spanish, she was able to communicate her nursing expertise directly.
Ms. Sanchez has a interesting background. She is a retired officer from a Military Medical Unit and served in the military for over 26 years. During her service there she was the first female medical company commander in the unit. She received a plaque for her great accomplishment which she still cherishes. She also is a retired staff nurse from Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. Ms. Sanchez has been an active member for over 20 years on her local First Aid Squad in Cedar Knolls, and a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association. She has taught part-time for an LPN program for adult learners for the Morris County School District.
Josephine Sanchez has always had a passion for nursing and teaching and believes the two are interconnected. She asserts that, “nursing is teaching.” We have to be able to talk to patients about their health. Being able to hand over that knowledge and allowing the patients to do their own care is important. Once you’ve found what you love and become passionate about teaching, it becomes so much easier, and if we can pass that passion on we have done what we are sup-posed to do,” stated Sanchez.
This dedicated instructor has blossomed into a great advocate not only for herself, but also for others.