Homegrown: Heidi Baum Monroe ’89, MSN ’07
Heidi Baum Monroe’s life is deeply steeped in SPU ― beginning 28 years ago as a Seattle Pacific undergraduate, when her life was influenced by her relationships with her nursing professors.
Yet her time in the nursing program was not the only highlight of Heidi’s time at SPU. While an undergraduate living in Hill Hall, she met Joe Monroe ’88, who talked her into acting in a SPU theatre production directed by George Scranton and designed by Don Yanik ― a cherished part of her education.
Heidi completed her BSN in 1989; she and Joe married and now their sons, Sterling and Adrian, are attending SPU.
In 2007, Heidi, who’d returned to SPU to complete a master’s of science in nursing, joined the faculty of SPU’s School of Health Sciences, where, she says, she has delighted in the opportunity to participate in nursing education alongside other educators who value the individual student and the potential of each to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
When she returned to SPU, Heidi brought a depth of pediatric nursing knowledge to her faculty role from her 24 years of experience at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her dedication to nursing education and making a personal connection to the nursing students affirmed her desire to make a long-term commitment to her nurse educator role. Then in March 2013, she began coursework to complete her doctorate ― now through SPU’s School of Education, where she’s pursuing a PhD in education.
SHS is equally committed to helping Heidi achieve success by investing in her by providing funding toward her studies with Grow Our Own funding made possible by designated donations.
“Without this financial help, it would be tremendously difficult to manage full-time teaching along with graduate school expenses,” she says. “It has been a huge blessing and has allowed me to focus more on students and teaching instead of trying to juggle additional per diem shifts at the hospital to pay for tuition and expenses. It frees me up to do homework and pay attention to what I’m learning as a grad student ― a good thing! ― instead of worrying about finances!”
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