When Brian Schneider ’08, M.S.N. ’11, of Holmdel, New Jersey,
decided to transfer into the College of Nursing, it was a decisive
victory for him, his family and for the College. Initially a business
student, Brian decided that nursing was his true calling. He enrolled in
anatomy and physiology, where he met Jenna Sabatino-Schneider ’08,
M.S.N. ’12, NP-C — who, coincidentally, also resided in Monmouth County.
Their paths crossed one night while on a break, and they realized that
they only lived five miles apart. As Jenna notes, “the rest is history.”
That “history” includes a romantic relationship and six members of
the Schneider family enrolling in nine programs (so far) at the College
of Nursing — an endorsement that speaks volumes about the educational
quality offered at the College.
Jenna’s faith is what initially brought her to South Orange. “I knew
that I wanted to continue my Catholic education at Seton Hall
University. On top of that, I also recognized that Seton Hall has one of
the most well respected nursing programs in the country,” says Jenna.
Brian’s mother Maureen Schneider, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., NEA-BC, CPHQ,
FACHE, senior vice president of clinical program development and chief
nursing officer at Somerset Medical Center, soon decided to return to
school for a doctoral degree and chose the College of Nursing’s Ph.D. in
Nursing Research program. “I was struck by the faculty’s commitment to
students and the support system in place to help us achieve our goals,”
When Maureen’s other two children, Steven and Kathryn, began to
research their educational options, they both decided on nursing — and,
like their mother and brother, they both chose Seton Hall. Steven
Schneider ’12, R.N., now works at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell
Medical Center, and Kathryn Schneider is a member of Seton Hall’s Class
Not wanting to be outpaced, Jenna’s brother, Anthony Sabatino ’11,
R.N., inspired by a desire to work in health care, enrolled in Seton
Hall’s Accelerated Second Degree B.S.N. program at the College’s
satellite campus in Lakewood, New Jersey. He currently works at Meridian
Health’s Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
Brian went on to continue his education and completed his M.S.N. in
Health Systems Administration in 2011, while working at New
York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Like mother, like son:
Brian is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Nursing Research at Seton Hall,
having begun the program in Fall 2012. Jenna became licensed as an
advanced practice nurse, having earned her M.S.N. as an adult nurse
practitioner in 2012.
Jenna and Brian were married in 2012, a relationship that resulted
from their fortuitous choices back in 2003 and which is steeped in
Catholic values and grounded by love and family. And of course, the
College is waiting to hear when the next Schneider family reunion is
scheduled so that the University can recruit more nurse leaders!
Notes Maureen, “My family is committed to Seton Hall, its values and
its traditions of an excellent education. We are very proud to be a part
of the tapestry of the College of Nursing.”
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