on faculty since 2005
M.S., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio , 1992
B.S., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1987
For Maureen Sweeney, the profession of nursing is one of both knowledge and compassion, and her former students and colleagues can attest to her practice of both.
“The profession of nursing is about service: service to the patients, their families, and the broader community,” said Sweeney. “However, I also try to instill in my students the idea that the underpinnings of our profession demand knowledge and scholarship as well as care and compassion.”
It’s this passion for both faith and practice that guides Sweeney’s philosophy of education and her desire to be both an educator and a mentor. “I have taught students from a variety of backgrounds including different nationalities and religions. This diversity is the strength of Trinity. Meeting and interacting with one another enhances our appreciation for the oneness of humanity,” said Sweeney. “This interaction is vital for nursing students whose mission in their professional lives will be to provide compassion and care for all.”
Sweeney has had years of experience in the clinical setting, both as a nurse and an instructor, even serving as an adjunct professor at Trinity for five years before accepting a full-time staff position.
“I am continually impressed with how many of my students are comfortable with sharing their faith commitment openly with me and others,” said Sweeney. “It has given me insight into the depth of commitment one must make to truly living the Christian faith, and indeed it has strengthened my own faith.”
And for that reason, it is impossible for Sweeney to disconnect her faith from her work. “As Christians, we are called to serve. As Christ ministered to the sick and dying, nurses are called to provide comfort and compassion to those we serve.”