By: Katherine Prull '19
Passion. Passion. Passion. Bridget Nash, a D.S.W. student, part-time lecturer, and private practitioner, knows a thing or two about passion when it comes to her work. After accumulating years of clinical practice and lecturing, Nash has been accepted to the University Senate and is now holding a position on the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admission Committee.
After receiving a B.A. in Religion from Columbia University in 1994, Nash became immersed in the business world until returning to school where she earned her M.A. in social work at Rutgers. She soon discovered an interest in psychology and counseling, which cultivated a love for social work. As a student, she also worked at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ, covering a number of areas such as hands-on, community based counseling and working as the Cancer Center Social Worker.
Later, Nash moved to Department of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center where she continued her clinical experience by providing psychiatric social work services in the inpatient psychiatric, cardiac, cancer, maternity, and children’s medical units. Being apart of the Psychiatry department was "like a whole new world," as Nash explained. She was promoted to Med Psych Social Worker where she treated patients throughout the hospital. Nash loved this realm of social work and believes that it is one of the most important sector of overall patient health.
Devoted as she is to her work, Nash returned to Rutgers where she is currently working towards a D.S.W. degree. She balances this while also teaching a course called Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work Practice I, and Clinical Practice: Serious Mental Illness. Nash's experience is highly integrated in the classroom, where she is able to expand students understanding. In addition, Nash has her own private practice out of Bedminster, NJ where she provides a wide range of counseling services and support groups: Individual, couples, families, and group therapy, Postpartum support groups, adolescent anxiety support groups, certified hypnotherapist, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Her new position on the University Senate furthers her noteworthy contributions. Being so committed and passionate to all of her professional endeavors, it is clear to see why she ran for a spot in the Senate last fall. After holding many volunteer positions, being on numerous committees, and receiving many certifications in her area of focus, she encourages others "to get involved. It is good for everyone, and also very rewarding for the person who serves."