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Jesselle Romero

Jesselle Romero

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Year of Graduation: 2009
Program: Practical Nursing

Caring Connection

With the growing health care needs of our aging population, the demand for practical nurses has never been higher. But that’s not why Jesselle Romero entered the field.

“I enjoy the daily sense of knowing I've touched a life and helped someone in some way,” says Jesselle, who is Director of Care at Chartwell Seniors Housing in Mississauga. “My residents know that I genuinely care about them and that they are the reason I come to work every day.”

Although both her mother and brother are nurses, Jesselle originally set her sights set on a career in the burgeoning world of information technology. “I wanted to follow the job opportunities that the Internet had created,” recalls Jesselle, who completed the Computer Information Technology program at the University of Toronto in 2000. She eventually applied her tech education to positions in the real estate industry, ultimately gaining success as an Operations Manager for Re/Max Legacy Realty Inc.

“But I was still not satisfied so I decided to enrol in Sheridan’s Practical Nursing program to see if I would like nursing,” says Jesselle, who grew up in Mississauga. “Fortunately, I did and it turned out to be my calling.”

Starting as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) for Burloak Long Term Care in Burlington, Jesselle moved on to become a Nursing Supervisor and Branch Manager for BrightStar Health Care Toronto Central before joining Chartwell in 2012.

The combination of Jesselle’s strong organizational and nursing skills is an ideal match for her current role. “I love managing my care team by picking the most compassionate and empathetic people to work in my home to make my residents feel special.” In addition to her position at Chartwell, Jesselle is also a Program Assistant at the Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital.

Her success is proof that “there is no limit to what an RPN can do,” Jesselle maintains. “We are not just unit nurses. I’m a proud RPN and Director for one of the largest retirement homes in the GTA. The best lesson I learned at Sheridan was to always aim higher.”

Aspiring RPNs can start forging their own path during their time at Sheridan, she advises. “Challenge yourselves in your clinical placements. You'll never know what unit type of nursing you'll love unless you try them all. I always wanted to be in a hospital setting, but because I had a long term care clinical at Sheridan, I discovered my love for the elderly. As they say, ‘it's not work when you love doing what you're doing.’”

Learn more about Sheridan’s Practical Nursing program.