There was a time when Anne Rosenblatt, Class of 1969, thought she would walk away from her career as a nurse.
“I was completely burned out,” she said. “I decided to apply to law school and leave nursing altogether. But then I was headed East with a friend on an airplane. One of the other passengers got sick, and the only people prepared to help were a dentist and me. When the flight attendants asked me to help the sick passenger, it just occurred to me – I am a nurse. Nursing is what I was meant to do.”
Anne, who grew up in Chandler, knew she wanted to become a nurse when she was a little girl. “As a child, I was extremely afraid of doctors. But when a new doctor came to our town I absolutely adored him. His office was a mess, though, so I figured I’d become a nurse and help him fix it up.”
While enrolled in ASU’s College of Nursing, Anne (who was then known as Myrtle Anne Worley) was one of 60 students in the program. “I came to be very impressed by the teaching at Arizona State University. One of the greatest lessons for me was embracing my mistakes in school as learning opportunities.”
Shortly after graduating, Anne relocated to Los Angeles where she met her husband, Dr. Martin Rosenblatt. Over the course of her career, she held clinical and managerial roles in oncology, bone marrow transplants, and dialysis.
“ASU really trained you to be flexible, and to learn about all aspects of nursing. I went from teaching, to clinical nurse, to staff to management. I see that as a progression, and I believe my BSN from ASU prepared me for that,” she said.
Anne’s passion for ASU and the nursing profession has motivated her to support current College of Nursing and Health Innovation students as a scholarship donor for nearly twenty years. “My goal is to contribute and ensure great nurses continue come out of this program.”
To future alumni of the program, Anne encourages patience and persistence as they begin their own careers. “You need to remember why you entered this field in the first place: you wanted to help people. And you absolutely will.”