Know Your Professor: Margaret Costello

May 05, 2015

Margaret Costello

Continuing our celebration of National Nurses Week, we chatted with Professor Margaret Costello!

What is your favorite class to teach? 

I really enjoy all the classes I teach at Simmons College. I don’t think I could pick just one favorite. However I must say I do enjoy meeting students when they first begin their academic journey in the nursing program and when they reach the end of their time at Simmons. Two of the classes I teach provide me with opportunities to work with students on either end of the academic spectrum. 

Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing is a course designed to introduce the first year nursing student to research. This course is where I have an opportunity to meet students just entering the program. Clinical Decision-Making in Nursing is the final nursing course students take in their last year of the nursing program. The excitement is palpable and grows throughout the class as students near the time when they will graduate and begin in their new role as a professional nurse. It's a special joy for me to work with the seniors who I taught in that first nursing course. Watching their growth over 4 years is inspirational.

What's your favorite book? 

Anything written by Audre Lorde; Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Sister Outsider and the Cancer Journals are among my favorites.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why? 

Well I do enjoy traveling and my goal is to get to every continent. So far I have been to Africa, Asia, Europe and of course North America so I am hoping to get to Australia and South America in the next few years.

When I'm not teaching, I'm ____ 

preparing for classes -- but in my free time I am outside as much as possible hiking, biking and enjoying the outdoors!

Favorite quote? 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” - Maya Angelou

What song is your personal anthem? 

"The Circle of Life" from The Lion King.

I love my students because ____ 

they both inspire and challenge me to be the best I can be at all I do. I enjoy when our paths cross professionally after they graduate from Simmons with their nursing degree.

I love Simmons because ____ 

of the students and faculty. My colleagues are among the brightest and most supportive. My students are phenomenal! I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else!

What's the most rewarding part of being a nurse? 

Oh where to start? There is so much I love about being a nurse. I am so fortunate to have chosen a profession where I am able to make a difference in the lives of others in a meaningful and positive way. It's a privilege to care for others in ways that truly make a difference in their lives.

What advice would you give to Simmons students who are pursuing nursing? 

The program is rigorous but the rewards are great. Seek out the support of your faculty. We are here to support and guide you all the way!

How do you stay motivated throughout the rigorous -- and at times stressful -- hours spent working as a nurse? 

My motivation comes from my patients. There is tremendous joy that comes from helping others.