Jenny Sanders grew up in Rossford, Ohio. She knew she wanted to be a nurse from an early age. While she was a sophomore in high school, she volunteered at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in the physical therapy department.
A year later, she became a nurses' aid and worked in the pediatric department. She helped feed the children and give them baths.
As soon as she graduated from Rossford High School in 1985, she registered at Owens Community College.
"I loved Owens so much that I knew right away my goal was to come back and teach," said Sanders.
While she was taking classes at Owens, she worked as a nursing assistant at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in the Neuroscience department. She has now worked as a registered nurse at St. Vincent for 23 years.
"It allows me so much more diversity. I have been able to work in many different areas of nursing. I can grow as a person and as nurse," said Sanders.
While she worked at St. Vincent, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the Medical College of Ohio.
In 2007, she returned to Owens and worked in the skills lab with students on the human patient simulator. In 2008, she became a full-time clinical teaching associate.
In fall 2009, a full-time faculty position opened. She applied for the job and was hired. She teaches a variety of courses including medical-surgical nursing. She still works part time at St. Vincent.
"I like continuing to work in the hospital because it adds to my skills as an instructor. I can give recent, real-life examples. I can teach collaboration because that is what I do. Even if you have been a nurse for 30 years, there is more you can still learn," said Sanders.
Sanders wants to continue teaching and working.
"I have reached my biggest goal - I am faculty member at Owens. I am happy to be here and am looking forward to developing as an instructor," said Sanders