As part of the Life on Tap series put on by the college’s Career Development Office, the first alumni speakers invited back to campus were two successful nurses.  Joby Norton (’10) and Angelica Cintorino (’14) spoke to students about their careers in nursing, and how they transitioned from their Christendom liberal arts background into this technical field.

Norton is a nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA, and previously worked as an Intensive Care Unit nurse at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. After earning his BA in philosophy from Christendom, he applied to and was accepted to the Accelerated Nursing Program at George Mason University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree after 12 months of study.

Cintorino is an RN who attended the 16-month Accelerated Nursing Program at Marymount University and graduated with her BSN. She works on the Adult Acute Care, General Medical unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. In addition to her nursing responsibilities, she is also precepting nursing students and new nurses for her unit.

While some doubt the value of earning a liberal arts degree before pursuing a career in nursing, Norton and Cintorino both found the formation they received at Christendom to be extremely helpful in their careers as nurses. Their Christendom education equipped them to think critically, and morally, preparing them well for this field.

“I was the only one in my program who did not have a background in cellular biology or any type of medicine,” Cintorino explained. “But while my classmates could grasp the scientific aspects, many of them weren’t able to do the critical thinking that was demanded on our exams and in the clinicals.”

Cintorino felt prepared by her rigorous Christendom education to take on the intellectual challenge of earning a degree in nursing.

“The critical thinking skills I developed in my classes at Christendom carried me through nursing school, and now carry me through my nursing career,” remarked Cintorino.

Norton echoed Cintorino’s sentiments that skills instilled by the rigorous education offered at Christendom was helpful when it came to studying a complicated subject like nursing, especially on an accelerated timeline.

Norton also shared that his Christendom education has helped him to answer the moral questions that often arise in the medical field.

“Obviously, there are a lot of ethical questions that come up as a nurse,” Norton explained.  “As a nurse you are confronted with things where you need to not only use critical thinking skills, but moral reasoning.”

Both Norton and Cintorino were grateful their Christendom education had prepared them to answer the bioethical questions they run into in their field.

This event was very fruitful for those who are considering careers in nursing, as they were able to get helpful tips and guidance for these outstanding alumni.

Watch the whole talk below. To learn more about the many diverse career fields Christendom alumni enter, go here.

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