Since graduating as part of the College of Nursing's second
class in October 2008, Brooke Tom has fulfilled her childhood dream
to be a nurse. Today, she is an emergency/trauma nurse in the
Emergency Room at St. Rose Dominican Hospital's Siena campus in
"Growing up I always wanted to be a nurse," said Tom. "I had a few aunts who were nurses and I was always fascinated with the human body."
The Morganton, North Carolina native has channeled her passion for nursing and has successfully applied it on the job. After serving nearly one year as a nurse, Tom has received certifications in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and trauma nursing care.
Tom was also recently asked to join the Unit Team Council, a group of St. Rose Hospital employees working to achieve Magnet status, an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing.
A Magnet hospital is stated to be one where nurses deliver excellent patient outcomes, have a high level of job satisfaction, a low turnover rate and appropriate grievance resolution. "Magnet status is the highest credential a hospital can achieve in the area of nursing," said Tom. "We're working hard to set a new standard in Southern Nevada."
When she's not working, Tom devotes herself to her 11-year-old daughter and fixing up the new home she and her husband "Moose" recently purchased in the Sunrise Mountain area of Las Vegas.
Getting her house together takes a lot of her spare time, leaving little room for hobbies, says Tom. However, she does have one hobby that hasn't faltered -- the collection of casino memorabilia. "I have a billiard room filled with slot machines, casino tokens, ash trays and other items I've collected through the years," said Tom.
Even with her busy schedule, Tom is already looking forward to furthering her education by entering a Family Nurse Practitioner program next year.
"I love the action as a nurse," said Tom. "Sometimes it gets the adrenaline pumping."
Roseman alumnus Suken Shah has come a long way since he began his
career in media as an unpaid intern/producer on the Tom and Nicole
Morning show on Sunny 106.5 FM in Las Vegas. After his
two-year stint with the Morning show, Shah moved into the sales and
marketing arena with Cox Media. While there, he helped put together
many different interactive marketing promotions that helped drive
ratings and revenue.
In 2005, Shah entered into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Roseman because he realized that in order to be successful in today's business world he would need further education. Shah was a charter member of the newly formed weekend MBA program and attended classes while maintaining his full-time position at Cox Media. He also served as an active officer in Roseman's Student Governance Association and graduated in 2007.
According to Shah, his time at Roseman helped him receive a solid
education in business and gain a better grasp of how business
works, helping him achieve a high level of success in all of his
"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work while I was attending school. In some cases I was able to take what I had learned on Saturday afternoon and put it to work on Monday morning when I got into the office. Managing school, work and a personal life was a challenge but in the end it was worth it," said Shah.
Due to his hard work and passion for marketing, Shah has since moved up to the position of product specialist at Cox Media. He is responsible for the successful launch of GoScout HOMES on Cox Digital Cable. He generated more than $200,000 in revenue along with creating marketing campaigns to help promote the channel. Shah also works to help promote Video-On-Demand, Interactive Advertising, and SMS Advertising to local businesses. In essence, he helps businesses use new technology to better their bottom lines.
Inspired by his experiences at Roseman, Shah has become an adjunct professor at UNLV, helping a new generation of students gain the tools they need in order to make a strong impact in the marketing world. He has taught a course in creating and giving effective presentations and is currently teaching Internet Marketing for the College of Business. He has a deep passion for education and loves to teach others on how technology is helping make life and business better.
"I discovered that education doesn't end with graduation," said Shah. "Teaching has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life."
Additionally, Shah has been a guest speaker for the Clark County School District's PAYBAC (Professionals and Youth Building a Commitment) program, which sends business professionals to at-risk schools to educate students about the importance of staying in school. He also participates in Nevada's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Small Business Expo where he speaks on how businesses can use the Internet in many different ways to reach their target audiences.
In his free time, Shah enjoys giving back to his community by volunteering for the Tiger Woods Foundation, Olive Crest and The Salvation Army.
In 2005, Shah won a national Adoption Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for his work with the A Welcome Home program. A Welcome Home has helped bring awareness to a high number of children in Clark County who are in need of loving families.
He also serves as communications chair for the American Advertising Federation of Las Vegas.
Even with his hectic schedule Shah still maintains close ties to Roseman.
"I appreciate the whole Roseman faculty and staff and everything they've done for me. They've truly given me the real-world experience which is so vital to my industry. I enjoy keeping in contact with my former professors and going out to lunch to catch-up on what's new with the university and how I can help out," remarks Shah.