BSN from University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, 1991
Professor Ventura is a seasoned Critical Care/Emergency Department Registered Nurse as well United States Army Veteran, who brings her real world knowledge and experiences to the classroom.
Her military career started in 1985, in the enlisted ranks as a 91Q (Pharmacy Technician).
Professor Ventura’s first duty station was in the 2nd ID, 1st Battalion, C Company at Camp Stanley, South Korea. After returning stateside, she was assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Before her enlistment was completed, she was offered the Green to Gold option. This option included participating in the Army Reserve Officer Training Command (ROTC) program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, as well as attending nursing school. In 1991, Professor Ventura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The United States Army served as her first nursing position at Fort Sam Houston, Texas where she was employed for almost four years. Upon completion of her military assignment, she moved to Michigan and was part of the U. S. Army Reserve Unit for two years before transferring to the Individualized Ready Reserve (IRR), where she stayed for over 10 years.
Professor Ventura had the privilege of working at Harper Hospital, Mount Clemens General Hospital, McLaren Regional Medical Center, and Covenant Medical Center, which are all Level II Trauma Centers, and had practiced nursing for over 20 years in critical care areas such as: Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit, and Telemetry Unit before turning to teaching.
Teaching became her passion in 1996 when she began training new nurses in the Emergency Department. This led her to become a Clinical Nurse Instructor for Mott Community College and St. Clair County Community College. In 2004, Professor Ventura joined Davenport University as a nursing instructor. Shortly thereafter, she took on the role of Associate Department Chair in Allied Health Sciences for the Midland, Flint, and Lansing Campuses; as well as continued to be a Medical Assistant Program Director. In 2009, she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN). Professor Ventura is currently a Register Medical Assistant (AMT) and an associate member in the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Because of her vast experience, she is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at state conferences.