Meet Badass Jacinta S. // BSN ’13
Chicago Sports Marketer. Registered Nurse. Director at a Top Children’s Hospital.
From Marketing and Advertising to Nursing and Leading, Jacinta’s ResU journey is quite a journey.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in Kinesiology, Jacinta Staples ‘13, MSN, RN, enjoyed working with the Illinois Athletic Department. Naturally, when Soldier Field was being renovated and the Chicago Bears came to U of I, she started working with them as well.
The Bears offered her a job, and after graduation, she spent eight years with the team and three years handling Marketing and Advertising duties—focused on corporate sponsorships. While she enjoyed the work, Jacinta knew she wanted to go back to a role in healthcare. When a position opened with the Sickle Cell Blood Donor Program, she jumped at the opportunity.
Using her Marketing and Advertising skills, Jacinta reinvented the program and discovered she wanted to know more about the disease from a clinical perspective. Soon after, she enrolled in Resurrection University’s College of Nursing.
For Jacinta, the flexibility of class schedules was ideal. “ResU fit my schedule. I could work full-time during the day and attend classes at night and on weekends to earn my degree. ResU was the only school with an Evening/ Weekend program.”
After earning her BSN from ResU, Jacinta became a nurse at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago within the Hematology / Oncology / Stem Cell Transplant practice. She also became the President of the Greater Illinois Black Nurses Association. “I worked with the Student Nurses Association at ResU and was always interested in professional organizations. You can gain so much new knowledge and expertise, and networking is huge.” Jacinta added, “We reach out to nursing students and offer service opportunities. We also connect with other organizations. In fact, we were able to connect with the Bears and now help support their charity Bears Care.”
“There are so many different areas of nursing to pursue—clinical and non-clinical. There’s just so much you can do with nursing.”
Jacinta is living proof.