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Monica Castaño, BSN ’12, MSN ’17

Monica CastaƱo, BSN '12, MSN '17Born in Girardot, Colombia, Monica Castaño came to the United States at the age of 12, adapting quickly to an environment that was wholly unfamiliar to her. Castaño served a primary role as a communications intermediary at a young age due to her deaf parents, who are also immigrants.

In an 2016 article in the South Orange Patch, Castaño said that her hard-working family was a primary motivator for who she is today.

“My grandfather was one of my biggest inspirations, and he played a big part in my upbringing. He was also a very hard worker who taught me the importance of being authentic, generous and honorable,” she said in the article

In the article, Castaño said her father is much the same way, and both of these hard-working, family-oriented men who overcame their adversities helped shape her own character and made a big impact on her life.

As Vice President at Holy Redeemer HomeCare in Elizabeth, N.J., Castaño leads a team that provides vital healthcare and support services to a culturally diverse population, many of whom are also economically disadvantaged. They work closely with local community hospitals that serve as a safety net to help prevent readmissions and provide appropriate community resources to underserved populations.

“There are multiple Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice providers located throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We serve families in Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties from our Elizabeth location alone. Our staff is very passionate about making a difference in our community.” says Castaño.

Castaño explained that her experience with the University was wonderful for her professional development and she believes her staff will benefit greatly from it as well. As an Alumni Ambassador, she has referred more than 10 Holy Redeemer employees to the institution and has volunteered her time to speak to prospective students about her experience.

“As a leader in my profession, I encourage all nurses to embark on furthering their education and experiencing all that Thomas Edison State University has to offer. The wealth of knowledge I obtained through the Master of Science in Nursing degree program has truly empowered me to continue to further develop my nursing practice and be resourceful to the community that I serve. Thanks to the University for your exceptional mentoring and support you render to your adult professional students.” Castaño said.