Name: Ann Verschuuren
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
School: Health and Natural Sciences
Office: CH 313
Education: M.S.Ed, Montclair State University
B.S., Montclair State University
A.A.S., Misericordia University
An x-ray is like a piece of art, or at least that’s how Professor Ann Verschuuren sees them.
Growing up, Professor Verschuuren enjoyed art much like her grandfather who was a professional artist. When it came time for college, however, she was encouraged to find a different major. Professor Verschuuren decided to major in radiography because a close family friend was an orthopedic surgeon, and he believed she would find the link between radiography and art interesting.
“When I saw the first x-ray that came out in my lab class, I was hooked,” she says. “My artistic side really connects with how I pose the patient’s body. I can visualize the inside, what’s going on and how that comes out on the finished image. It’s like my own artwork.”
Professor Verschuuren says that the Radiography Program at County College of Morris (CCM) is not easy and challenges students to work harder than they thought they were capable of doing. But the faculty is dedicated to mentoring them towards their goals, and they graduate with real skills that will give them the life they envisioned for themselves. The students dedication to learning year round to complete not only their required courses, but also 2,400 required clinical hours is admirable. Once they graduate, obtain their national credentialing and state license they begin a new career in radiologic technology.
“At day one of your job, you need to be able to go to the OR, the ER, work with geriatrics, pediatrics. Whatever you’re needed to do, you’re expected to have the competency,” she says.
Professor Verschuuren compares radiographers to lions: they conserve their energy during slow periods, so when they are needed to work, they’ve built up enough stamina. “The nature of the job is very feast or famine. One minute you could be taking stock or cleaning, then all of a sudden you have 20 patients. You really need to be able to work at that pace. It’s not an easy field, but it is so rewarding.”