Trina Moore named HFC Director of Nursing
As of August 1, Trina Moore is the Director of Nursing at HFC after serving as the Department Chair for the College’s Nursing program since 2015.
“This position is an opportunity to build on that and grow in a leadership position,” said Moore. “My goals include helping support the continued success of the Nursing program, maintaining collaborative relationships with our clinical community partners, and fostering an environment that promotes professional growth and development among the nursing faculty.”
As Director of Nursing, Moore is primarily responsible for the administrative functions of the program, including planning, direction, organization, and operation of nursing education. She oversees the development, revision, evaluation, assessment, improvement, and maintenance of the Nursing program. This position also represents HFC in the community to establish and maintain effective relationships and contracts. It also assures the Nursing program is compliant with federal, state, and accreditation standards.
Moore has been a nurse since 1990. She has taught nursing since 2000. She has been at HFC for 11 years. In her new position, Moore reports to Dr. Cynthia Scheuer, the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services.
“The Nursing program is going to benefit and flourish with the addition of Trina as the Director of Nursing,” said Scheuer. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the leadership of this program. I look forward to welcoming Trina to this new role and am excited to see the how her leadership enhances not only the future of the Nursing program, but also the School of HHS.”
Working in a nursing home during high school started Moore on her nursing journey
Born in Westland, Moore is the youngest of two. She has been married to Daryl, who works at Ford Motor Co. in Wayne, for 32 years. They live in Canton with their tuxedo cat named Tux. Their son Ryan graduated from HFC’s nursing program in 2017.
“I guess you could say we are an HFC family,” said Moore, laughing.
Moore is a graduate of John Glenn High School. While in high school, she worked in a co-op job at a nursing home that led to her decision to become a nurse.
“I worked with the activities director and loved interacting with the residents and helping them,” she recalled. “I loved hearing about their life stories and being a part of something that made their day a little bit better.”
After high school, Moore enrolled at what is now Schoolcraft College. She graduated with academic honors, earning her associate degree in nursing. Transferring to Eastern Michigan University, she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing, graduating cum laude. At EMU, Moore also earned her graduate teaching certificate and her master’s degree in nursing education. She graduated summa cum laude from her master’s program.
A lifelong learner with an inquisitive nature
Moore began her nursing career at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, where she worked for six years. She has also worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Henry Ford Health, and what is now Corewell Health. Her area of specialty is adult medical/surgical, caring mostly for patients after they had surgery.
Moore began teaching in 2000 at St. Joe’s as an adjunct educator for the hospital’s Nursing Education department. She was responsible for staff training classes and nursing education competencies. She also served as a CPR instructor.
“I consider myself a lifelong learner. I have always been inquisitive by nature,” she said. “A lot of my inspiration for becoming a teacher came from my own personal experiences as a student. Both good and bad experiences have helped shape how I teach others. I love being able to share what I have learned with others and finding ways to help them understand because we all learn in different ways.”
Teaching is her way of giving back to the nursing profession
From 2003-09, Moore taught at EMU part-time. She joined the nursing faculty at HFC (then Henry Ford Community College) in 2012.
“Since I first started in nursing, I wanted to be involved in education with my peers,” she said. “I was part of creating a proposal for a unit-based educator in my first nursing job at Sinai. I presented it to the Chief Nursing Officer and got approval to pilot the position. I have always felt an obligation to do something to give back to the profession of nursing. For me, it was teaching. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing that ‘aha moment’ when a student connects textbook knowledge to direct patient care.”
She spoke about what attracted her to HFC.
“I have always preferred teaching at a community college and have worked in the past with graduates from HFC’s nursing program. They have always had positive things to say about the program, so when I saw an opportunity for a faculty position at HFC, I applied,” explained Moore. “We have an outstanding dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to the quality of our program and student success. We have a diverse student population and value helping students to achieve their goal to become registered nurses. I enjoy being able to remove barriers to allow our faculty and staff to do what they do best and to help our students be successful. I am excited to see what the future holds.”