Alumni Spotlight



Meet Theresa Trivette '98

Theresa earned her associate's degree in 1998. Since then, she has earned her bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing. She is the System Chief Nurse Executive for Valley Health in Winchester, VA. 

What year did you graduate? 1998

 Why did you choose CSM? CSM was close to home. 

 Where are you doing now? I am the Chief Nurse Executive for Valley Health in Winchester, VA.  

 How did CSM prepare you for what you are doing today?  CSM provides a very robust nursing program.  I felt fully prepared to take care of patients in my first role which gave me the advantage over some of my peers that they thoughts I was better prepared than they were.  I thank CSM and the instructors for ensuring we received the highest education, great clinical experiences, and great support to develop our practice well.  That was the foundation that I built to continue to grow my career and never give up!

Did you transfer to another institution after your graduation? I took several years off from education but did return to school in 2006 to continue my BS, then MSN, and DNP.  

 What advice do you have for CSM alumni and current students? Never stop learning and growing.  There is so much more we can do as a profession to innovate new care delivery models, improve ways we deliver care, and improve ourselves in the process.  Never stop pursuing excellence in our profession.  Never forget your “why” you became a nurse. 

Where are you from? I was born and raised in PG County, Maryland.

What is your favorite CSM memory? Our nursing instructor teaching the nursing students all of the pulses in our body through dance using, “Macarena”.  


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