Torero Nursing Spotlight: Ritamarie Smedile

Torero Nursing Spotlight: Ritamarie Smedile

What made you want to become a nurse?

I always wanted to be a nurse since I was little. I would dress up as a nurse growing up for Halloween, and if anyone in my family were sick, I would volunteer to take care of them and give them a bell to ring if they needed anything. I don’t know where this deep desire to be a nurse came from since there are no nurses in my family, but it has been there for as long as I can remember.

What made you decide to come to USD?

The program at USD for Executive Nurse Leadership and the recognition of Excellence at the nursing school caught my attention. This program seemed to be the perfect fit for me, integrating my passions for nursing and leadership at the right time in my life with seven years of bedside nursing experience and 1.5 years of being a director of a non-profit organization, I was ready to blend the two and move forward in my professional development.

What is your fondest memory thus far during your time at USD?

Meeting new friends, the sunsets from this beautiful campus that stop me in my tracks every time, getting to know the faculty, being a part of a research team conducting a study in my specialty of maternal-child health, being back in the classroom after nine years has been invigorating.

What is your dream job?

I have been in my dream job since I became a nurse but studying here at USD is starting to open up my ideas of a new dream job.

What advice would you offer to undergraduate students considering an advanced degree in nursing?

I think it is important to work as a nurse at the bedside first before continuing for an advanced degree. There are invaluable skills you learn at the bedside that are transferable to any career advancement. Time at the bedside will also give you credibility and relevance in any healthcare conversation moving forward. 

What would you like everyone in the community to know about the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science?

What I have experienced and would want to share with the community is the culture at School of Nursing allows the students to feel safe and supported, everyone is teamed up to see each student succeed and that is truly a gift.


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