Director, RN-BSN Program
Length of time at Loyola:
Dr. Monique Ridosh calls herself a “transplant.” After growing up in Miami, Florida, she moved to Chicago with her husband and son ten years ago. Here, as in Miami, she finds herself surrounded by very diverse people in a city that she loves.
“It was a very transient community,” she said of her neighborhood in Miami, “then I came to Chicago, where there are more people from all over the world.”
Since moving to Chicago, Ridosh has taught nursing to undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University Chicago and appreciates every minute of her work. She now teaches in the RN to BSN Degree Completion Program in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
“The fact that it’s a Catholic institution…you’re a part of a community that embraces mission and values,” she said. “It is very different than working for industry, where you are not free in that way to practice and to teach.”
As her teaching style has evolved, she has incorporated Ignatian Pedagogy into the material, which integrates experience, reflection and judgment into learning. Ridosh focuses on reflection in order for her students to complete the learning cycle.
“In every course that I have taught, there has been some component of reflection,” she said. “I really believe that students need to learn not just to understand content, but to be able to reflect on what they learned.”
Applying reflection specifically to nursing has not been a challenge for her. In her classes, she requires students to write blog posts, either each week or at the end of the course, to reflect on how they can turn what they learned in class into their practice.
“There is a component we offer that’s focused on helping [students] think conceptually and be able to broaden their scope and look at the communities that they are serving beyond the hospital walls,” she said. “When they get that piece, you see it in their reflection.”
While Monique has witnessed the growth of her students as they proceed through the RN-to-BSN program, the students themselves have responded enthusiastically to her teaching philosophy.
“[Dr. Ridosh’s class has] opened my eyes to a new world,” said student Robin Smedley. “You go out and learn an entire new part of nursing.”
Student Kristine Yorde added, “Monique is really accessible and has great knowledge. You can tell she really cares for nurses and their continuing education.”
Interview and article by Amanda McDonald, Undergraduate Work-Study Student
Video by Amaechi Ugwu, Graduate Intern
Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy