Maureen E. Sweeney
Assistant Professor of Nursing
on faculty since 2005
As Christ ministered to the sick and dying, nurses are called to provide comfort and compassion to all God’s people while in their most vulnerable states.
Maureen Sweeney’s professional interests revolve around caring for critically ill patients and understanding the physiological concepts underlying each patient’s health status. “I continue to be interested in bedside nursing and its connection to evidence-based research,” said Sweeney, who is certified as a medical/surgical nurse. “My belief is that in order to educate future nurses, nursing educators must remain current in their practice and in the changing trends of health care.” Her courses are content-heavy. “But I want my students to graduate knowing that the knowledge they have gained while at Trinity is just a starting point and will not be enough to sustain them in the rapidly changing world of health care. I want them to be committed to lifelong learning not only in nursing but in other interests as well.”
What drew her to Trinity:
Sweeney was an adjunct professor at the College before joining the faculty in 2010. “As an adjunct, I saw that Trinity nursing students were different. Their compassion toward patients and enthusiasm for learning was impressive.”
She is interested in improving nursing at the bedside. “I have been a nurse for 30 years, and the demands on nurses have changed substantially. Our patients are much sicker and are discharged more quickly. Through nursing research, we can improve care and make it more efficient while maintaining the compassion integral to the profession.” She has recently been involved with a project that involves nursing students’ research of the health and wellness needs of the Trinity community and the greater suburban community.
When she’s not teaching:
Sweeney is married and has four children. “I enjoy traveling and reading about history and politics.”
M.S., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1992
B.S., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1987
Courses and Publications/Research
- Adult Health ll
- Adult Health lll