Jessica Napoli-McNally, MS, RN, FNP-BC

When I began teaching as a clinical instructor at Maria College more than 15 years ago, I could not have imagined how Maria would become such an integral part of my life and who I have become as a nurse and an educator. I have professionally and spiritually grown with Maria throughout the years. When completing my Doctoral of Nursing Practice project, I was fortunate to have the ability to utilize our state-of-the-art Nursing Simulation Suite. Because of this project, I am able to use my experience in simulation and nursing education to improve the skills of recent graduate nurses before they enter into practice. The feedback from the students and improvement in their nursing skills reinforced the mission of Maria College, “…to help others to provide caring and compassionate service to others…” I also try to provide an example to all students by volunteering at vaccine clinics. Demonstrating to the students the importance of helping and giving back will hopefully influence their future actions and promote their service to others. Perhaps the most influenced by my commitment to Maria College is my daughter, Rose Napoli. Rose chose Maria College to pursue her degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant and Health Occupations and Sciences. In high school, she visited several colleges trying to decide where to go. She ultimately chose Maria. As she said, “it just fits me,” and I understand exactly what she means; it just fits me, too.