Thankful for service

Mount Nursing professor volunteers at home and abroad
November 15, 2018

Elaine Suderio-Tirone, assistant professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, recently traveled to Colombia to administer medical care to children in need.

Elaine Suderio-Tirone, assistant professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College (left, kneeling) recently traveled to Colombia to administer medical care to children in need.


Mount Saint Mary College students are steeped in a culture of service through their studies, following the example set by faculty members who serve the community.

One of those faculty members is Elaine Suderio-Tirone, FNP-B, an assistant professor from the Mount’s School of Nursing, who has been participating in and leading mission trips around the world since 2007.

As her latest project, Suderio-Tirone accompanied the charitable organization Healing the Children Northeast this fall to offer medical assistance to children in need in Colombia. 

“There seems to be some truth to the commonly-held notion that when one sense is impaired, the others gain sensitivity to compensate for the loss,” she explained. “In Santa Marta, my hearing was impaired in the sense that I could not fully understand the language of the people we had come to help. There was an unexpected blessing in this, as it opened my eyes to look more completely, to truly see both the patients and the team as partners in our work of changing lives.”

She was honored to serve this population, who she noted were in desperate need of medical care: “The reflexive sense of gratitude was especially striking. The patients and their families for this gift of hope for their futures that we gave; and the gifts we received in even greater measure as their eyes spoke volumes that made words unnecessary.” 

This trip to Colombia was especially impactful because Suderio-Tirone’s 14-year-old daughter, Viviane, was able to join her.

“This experience is without boundary,” she noted, “and I look forward to more opportunities to improve the lives of our sisters and brothers across the world.”

Suderio-Tirone also spearheaded a medical mission to the Philippines in 2017 to take care of abused children and teenagers.

The Mount professor isn’t just making a difference overseas – she’s also providing excellent care here at home. In November, she was awarded Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s Safety Star Award, where she is currently working with two Mount graduate students who are performing pediatric clinicals at the hospital.

This type of service is a great example for Mount Nursing students, who enter the field ready to take care of those in need in hospitals and other medical facilities. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Mount Saint Mary College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Mount Nursing students consistently score higher than the state average on the NCLEX-RN test, and they benefit from state-of-the-art simulation labs and learning resources, clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals, and passionate faculty, like Suderio-Tirone.