Trocaire’s College’s Catherine McAuley School of Nursing welcomed new leadership in two positions over the summer.
Maria Bohorquez, MPH, BSN, RN was named director of the Practical Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing programs. Jacob Fisher ‘14, MS, RN was named director of the AAS Nursing (RN) program. In these roles, the pair will oversee the day-to-day operations of their respective programs and develop strategic initiatives to help students achieve end-of-program outcomes such as graduation rates, licensure pass rates and job placement rates.
Bohorquez has more than 15 years in the healthcare field, including eight in the Canadian Armed Forces as a platoon commander, medical liaison nurse and nursing training officer. She has also been the director of care at two long-term care facilities in London, Ontario and the director of clinical health services for the Halton Region Health Department, where she oversaw public health initiatives. Most recently, she held a public health consulting role for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bohorquez, who is Spanish/English bilingual, also has five years of experience instructing an RN-NCLEX prep course. She has a Masters of Public Health from Western University.
Fisher has been a presence at Trocaire for years, first as an AAS student himself, graduating in 2014, then as a mentor, tutor, lab instructor and full-time assistant professor. He also worked for several years as a hospital aide and then registered nurse within the Wyoming County Community Health System.
Fisher obtained his Masters of Science of Nursing Education from Daemen College in 2017 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the same field.
“We are delighted that our new Nursing program director positions have brought us great talent from both within and beyond Trocaire,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Allyson M. Lowe. “Jacob brings deep institutional knowledge as a faculty member and Trocaire pride as an alumnus of the program, while Maria offers both Trocaire and the greater Western New York nursing community her experience with military service, nursing leadership and expertise in public health. Both directors will benefit our students as models of lifelong learning in the profession.”