Nursing Alumni Spotlight

EVAN SCHEIER, RN-BSN 2014, MSN CRNA 2016

EVAN SCHEIER, RN-BSN 2014 & MSN CRNA 2016

Evan Scheier is a Titan. For Evan, having received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2014, returning to CSUF’s School of Nursing to obtain his Master’s in Anesthesia was a no-brainer. Based on the quality education, location, and affordability, Evan chose to return to his alma mater and enter the nurse anesthesia program run in partnership with the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA). Evan describes the faculty at CSUF’s School of Nursing as “phenomenal,” having found the curriculum of the RN-BSN program to have enhanced his ability to understand advanced aspects of physical assessment, pathophysiology, nursing leadership, management, nursing ethics, and the importance of attending to the needs of the community. The campus-based Anesthesia program promotes optimal hands on learning experience which suits Evan perfectly; he describes the education he has received from KPSA as not only exceptional, but unsurpassed. Evan takes pride in the fact that his faculty members are nationally recognized clinicians and educators who are genuinely committed to his success. Evan comes from a family of healthcare professionals, his mother being a perinatal nurse educator and his father a practitioner of family medicine. Evan will complete his Master of Science in Nursing in August 2016.

RUBEN MACIAS, EL-BSN 2011

Ruben Macias graduated from California State University, Fullerton's Entry-Level BSN Program in 2011. He has since earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from Columbia University and has worked at a number of world-class institutions including the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ruben began his nursing career as an RN on the pediatrics floor and has spent most of his time in the pediatric CTICU since; he has recently returned to academia and is working on another master’s degree, this time from the USC Keck School of Medicine, in nursing anesthesia.

SHAYNA McDANIEL, EL-MSN 2016

SHAYNA MCDANIEL, eL-MSN 2016

“THESE EXPERIENCES HAVE HELPED ME TO ENVISION THE WIDE VARIETY OF POSSIBILITIES FOR MYSELF AND MY CAREER AS A NURSE.”

Shayna McDaniel received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and returned to school to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing four years later. Upon entry into the School of Nursing’s EL-MSN program, Shayna volunteered as a research assistance for a longitudinal study on fibromyalgia with the CSUF Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Center where she was introduced to Dr. Rutledge. Throughout Shayna’s nursing journey, Dr. Rutledge has been there through it all – as the primary investigator on the fibromyalgia study, the School of Nursing faculty whom she chose to complete an independent study with, and as her master’s project chair. It is her relationship with Dr. Rutledge that Shayna cites as the highlight of her time in the program, and makes a direct correlation between her mentor’s influence and her success. Shayna has completed two peer-reviewed abstracts, as well as presented at the Western Institute of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International conferences. Her master’s project was a correlational analysis on physical activity and depressive symptoms in persons with fibromyalgia, in addition to a qualitative investigation on nurses’ and nursing assistants’ reflections on inpatient falls. Shayna hopes to one day return to school to pursue her Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

ASHLEY BAILEY, RN-BSN 2016

ASHLEY BAILEY, RN-BSN 2016

"THE CAMPUS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE IN THE CSU SYSTEM"

I always had nursing in mind as my career of choice because my great-grandmother was also an RN. Like many others, my nursing journey has been filled with unforeseen occurrences including financial hardships, pregnancy during nursing school, as well as major health issues. However, my dedication and determination to be a part of this wonderful profession has helped me survive even the toughest times. After completion of my ADN at El Camino College-Torrance, I decided to return to school right away to pursue my BSN. Cal State Fullerton was my top school of choice, because of their dedication to assisting students through this rigorous degree program. Additionally, the campus is one of the most diverse in the CSU system. I am grateful to Cal State Fullerton and all of the staff and professors who assisted me in obtaining my BSN. Through my experience at Cal State Fullerton, I have decided to continue my education, and I am looking forward to returning to CSUF for my MSN. I am thankful that I can be a role model for my daughter and hope that she will pursue a career in healthcare too!

ADRIANA VELEZ, eL-MSN 2015

"It’s the experiences that you have that prepare you."

Adriana Velez returned to CSUF after she obtained her bachelors in Kinesiology to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2015. Adriana contributes a great deal of her success to the inspiring people around her starting with her cohort; though a small group, everyone got along very well and she found support from them as they pushed and encouraged each other. Adriana was also fortunate enough to find a mentor in faculty member Dr. Rutkowski, who was instrumental as her advisor during the process of completing her final project, "A program to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and promote wellness in nursing students." Adriana’s program is a curriculum for nursing students that focuses on safe body mechanics and strength in order to prevent injuries and prolong the careers of registered nurses. She presented her work at the STTI Odyssey Conference 2015 and has co-authored a manuscript with Dr. Rutkowski on the subject of her master’s project. Her success has continued since graduation as the manuscript has been submitted and accepted to the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. Adriana currently works at St. Joseph Hospital on the medical telemetry unit where she remains active in health promotion and advancing her skill sets, as well as continuing to pursue new research while educating those around her. Adriana is also a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and hopes to one day utilize her knowledge and skills from both professions in one setting.

ELLEN GRUWELL, Rn-BSN 2005 & MSN Leadership 2008

"Education rekindled my passion for nursing and reinforced the importance of evidence-based practice as the foundation for patient care."

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing was an idea I had contemplated for some time. I investigated several programs and even received application materials in the mail. However, one day at work, in 2002, I saw a flyer posted on a bulletin board that grabbed my attention. It was a notice advertising the RN-BSN distance education program offered through Cal State Fullerton. Classes would meet one day a week on the hospital campus over a period of 2 ½ years. I was thrilled, for the program was exactly what I was looking for! Not only was the format designed for the working RN, but there was also was something to be said about beginning the journey with a group of my friends. In 2005, we became the first cohort from my hospital to graduate.

What I discovered in the undergraduate program was the magnitude of the nurse’s professional role. Education rekindled my passion for nursing and reinforced the importance of evidence-based practice as the foundation for patient care. Faculty members provided guidance and support every step of the way. It was their influence that changed my worldview and factored into my decision to enter the graduate Nursing Leadership Program. In 2008, I obtained my MSN with the idea of entering academia. Advised to go even further, I would ultimately pursue my PhD.

I was blessed with professors who encouraged intellectual discourse, curiosity, and professional growth. It has been inspirational to witness career achievements of my peers in the clinical, educational, and management settings. None of this would have been possible without taking the first step, making the first decision and listening to that still, quiet voice within.

RINNA HARPER, MSN LEADERSHIP 2016

“ANYONE CAN BE A LEADER, BUT TO BE EXCELLENT AT IT AND TRANSFORMATIONAL TO EVERYONE AROUND YOU IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME.”

Rinna Harper dreamed of being a Titan and now she is. Most of Rinna’s friends and co-workers have come to CSUF’s School of Nursing to obtain their degrees and she finds them to be the most knowledgeable and caring nurses she has ever met. Inspired, Rinna returned to school in pursuit of her Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Leadership. Rinna speaks positively of her experiences with the School of Nursing where she has developed lifelong friendships with her classmates, worked with and been educated by the excellent instructors, and been guided by supportive staff members. Rinna completed the program with hard work and perseverance, she was honored to be asked to deliver the MSN Commencement speech, and she was the recipient of the Collegiality Award.

ANDREA BRYCSAK, RN-BSN 2016

Andrea Brycsak graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s RN-BSN program in the spring of 2016. Speaking of her time in the program, Andrea contributes much of her success to the immeasurable delivery of education, support, and professionalism provided by the School of Nursing faculty. She cites Dr. Elaine Rutkowski as being the most influential person to her journey, someone whose attributes include professionalism, poise, beauty, and grace. Beyond the classroom, where she felt supported and respected by the most humble and professional faculty, Andrea was always encouraged to strive for more; utilizing the tools and resources learned from the RN-BSN program she has embodied the characteristics she most admired in her nursing instructors and embraced a new attitude which she has brought to her role as a RN in order to serve the public with grace. Despite the challenging atmosphere of the classroom where the faculty had set the bar high, Andrea felt privileged to attend classes and work to not only meet but exceed expectations. Andrea’s future ambitions include working in the field of Obstetrics and returning to the CSUF campus to complete a master’s degree in education.

Maryia Mashketava, LVN-BSN 2016

When Maryia Mashketeva’s mother was diagnosed with cancer she realized that her educational path wasn’t right for her any longer. She was missing an important sense of fulfillment in her life. Having been inspired by the care and thoughtfulness of the nurses whom she encountered during her mother's treatment, Maryia switched career paths and decided to become a nurse.

Maryia desires to become the kind of nurse that goes above and beyond their duties to care for patients, treating them with the utmost respect, and making them feel special, unique, and important. Maryia plans to eventually continue her education and earn her Master’s in Nursing while contributing to the growing nursing profession utilizing her passion for research and helping others. Maryia is thankful for the opportunities she has been afforded at Cal State Fullerton and she is excited to dedicate her life to the nursing profession.

Ruben Macias graduated from California State University, Fullerton's Entry-Level BSN Program in 2011. He has since earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from Columbia University and has worked at a number of world-class institutions including the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Ruben began his nursing career as an RN on the pediatrics floor and has spent most of his time in the pediatric CTICU since; he has recently returned to academia and is working on another master’s degree, this time from the USC Keck School of Medicine, in nursing anesthesia.

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