Who exactly are the campus members making alumni engagement happen at CSU
and beyond? In this section of Columbus State, we talk to nursing alumna and Director of Perioperative Services at St. Francis Hospital De’Ana Singletary, ’07, ’16, about the importance of getting back involved on campus and in the local community.
Q: Exactly how have you remained connected to campus after graduating and pursing a career in nursing?
A: I’ve most recently become more active on campus in an effort to step outside of my comfort zone. I really wanted to get more involved with the community. Being a CSU graduate made it more meaningful to focus my attention on the university. Alumni functions are a great way to meet new people as well as network professionally. I serve on the advisory board for the College of Education and Health Professions and also have the pleasure of serving on the planning committee for the School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Q: What made your CSU experience so memorable that you wanted to reconnect as an alumna?
A: The educational opportunity made available so close to home was vital for me. Aside from that convenience, the people are really what made it great. Nursing school, while demanding, also brought our class together. We were all going through the program together. The bonds formed among our class members still exist today.
Q: What are the benefits of participating in CSU alumni engagement activities?
A: It is so important to show support for something you believe in. CSU offers a stellar educational opportunity right in our own backyard. Alumni engagement helps to continually promote the university and show our support for the school as well as the current students. I’m honored to have participated in various capacities that support our university, the School of Nursing and COEHP.
Q: How did the School of Nursing help prepare you for your current position as director of perioperative services at St. Francis?
A: The BSN program taught me the fundamentals of nursing as a profession of caring. I learned to work as a team and take pride in my work. The MSN program really helped to provide me with the leadership specific education I needed to advance my career. While I initially learned the importance of providing excellent care to my own patients, I have since been able to transition to caring for my team so they in turn can provide the same level of care to our patients.
Q: Why should prospective nursing students consider CSU’s School of Nursing as a first-choice option in higher education?
A: It truly prepares the students to enter the workforce. We aren’t making widgets here; these are people’s lives. The partnerships CSU has with our local health care organizations gives students a first-hand clinical experience to build on the simulated experiences offered in the new state-of-the-art nursing school at downtown’s Frank Brown Hall (see page 14) — not to mention, the new building is amazing.
Before this position, I was…a nurse tech at St. Francis Hospital. I stayed on the same unit when I graduated as a registered nurse. I worked as a nurse until 2013 when I was selected as the unit director for PACU. During the past four years, my responsibilities have grown, and I have successfully onboarded three additional departments. As the responsibility grew, my title changed, and here we are.
Family: Husband, Adam Singletary (Columbus Fire & EMS); one child, Remington
Last book I read: “Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg
Favorite recording artist: Anything country, but I’m really digging Cole Swindell right now.
Visit alumni.columbusstate.edu to learn more about alumni engagement and the CSU Alumni Association. Also, call 706-507-8946, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about upcoming events.