Maria Bradley joins SWBOCES as Nursing Program Coordinator

Former RN brings wealth of experience in developing next generation of nurses

Southern Westchester BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program is pleased to welcome a new coordinator who brings decades of local leadership and experience in the healthcare field and a passion for the profession that will serve students well.

Maria Bradley joined the Adult and Community Services team at SWBOCES Aug. 27, in time to oversee the orientation of a new cohort of practical nursing students at the training center in Harrison.

Ms. Bradley comes to SWBOCES most recently from the College of New Rochelle, where she served as the college’s Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator, responsible for coordinating placements, recruiting adjunct staff and identifying potential learning experiences.

Prior to that she was Director of Clinical Operations and Medical Specialities at Westmed Medical Group in Purchase, Director of Operations for Health & Fitness Concepts in White Plains and Director of Health Services at Iona College.

Ms. Bradley has been a nurse since 1990, starting out as a staff RN at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle. Nursing was her passion, but the chance to teach the next generation of nurses called out to her.

“I like teaching new nurses,” she said. “I feel it’s such an important thing. There’s a big shortage of nurses, and I think it’s important for people to understand what it means to be a nurse.”

A mother of three, she is also sensitive to the demands nurses, and nursing students, face in balancing work, school and family.

“When I was working in a hospital, I worked long, 12-hour days,” she said. “I had three small kids at the time. (Education) just seemed like a better direction for me, having small children at home. I used to work nights, and I would come home at 7:30 a.m. I felt like I never caught up on sleep.”

Ms. Bradley is a proponent of lifelong learning and believes in trying new things. Continuing the growth of the Practical Nursing Program is a priority for her as is ensuring the curriculum is focused on the latest practices and the right goals for students.

A resident of New Rochelle, Ms. Bradley has two grandchildren. She enjoys playing tennis and traveling—she recently visited Australia.

Senior Director of Adult, Community and Career Services Claudia Murphy cited Ms. Bradley’s background and experience as key assets that will benefit students and the Practical Nursing Program in general.

“We are so excited to have Ms. Bradley join our team,” Ms. Murphy said. “She demonstrates a clear passion for the field of healthcare as well as the field of education. She is a welcome addition who will work together with our exemplary Nursing staff to continue to proudly serve our students and help them realize their education and employment goals in the healthcare field. ”

That field is constantly evolving, Ms. Bradley said. Partnerships and relationships are integral to ensuring the SWBOCES Practical Nursing Program best serves its students and the healthcare community.

At the most basic level, she sees her role as ensuring the program produces a reliable pipeline of skilled nurses who will be leaders in the field.

Asked what makes a great nurse, she cited compassion first of all, as well as the ability to see the larger picture when it comes to patient care.

“There’s a sense you get when you’re taking care of a person,” Ms. Bradley said. “There’s a whole lot more to it than just the person themselves. (Families) are critical to that person getting better and maintaining their health. As well, there’s having the intelligence to know there’s things you just don’t know and not being afraid to just ask question and just keep learning to get better.”