Prof. Castella Edward’s journey began in 2000 when she accepted a nursing assistant position at the New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH). While serving in this capacity full time, Prof. Edward enrolled in the general concentration major at Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and then transferred to the nursing program in 2003. Seeking a challenge, Prof. Edward became a unit secretary and performed dual roles on the unit. In 2007, she graduated from BHCC with an Associate Degree in Nursing and assumed the position of staff nurse on 5 West at NEBH. Two years late, Prof. Edward enrolled in Curry College’s BSN program and graduated in 2011. Prof. Edward states, “Knowledge and skills are futile until put to good use, therefore, I devoted two years assisting in the development and implementation of the hospital’s electronic health record project.” In 2013, Prof. Edward enrolled in the MSN program at Emmanuel College and graduated in 2016.
While completing her final semester at Emmanuel College, Prof. Edward accepted a Clinical Instructor position at the University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Nursing, as she remains committed to the development of the next generation of nurses.
To her NUR 325 group this summer, Prof. Edward echoes, “I have very high nursing standards and professional accountability, and I hold others – peers and students – to the same high standards because many years from now you will be caring for my generation. My entire healthcare career has been spent at NEBH on 5 West. I am loyal to my profession, I am accountable for my behavior, and I own my practice. I am excited to spend the summer with you, MCPHS. I love nursing. It is challenging, engaging, and rewarding. Only you can reap what you sow; nursing school is an investment.”