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Meet Maryesther Sanchez: Public Health Nurse and Walden Graduate

Passionate about public health, this Walden alumna wants to use her MSN in Nursing Education degree to help others.

Maryesther Sanchez isn’t afraid of a little hard work. As the great-niece of César Chávez, well-known labor leader and civil rights activist, she said determination and perseverance run in her blood.

Fueled by an innate drive to achieve her goals, Maryesther became the first person on both sides of her family to earn a master’s degree in nursing. Specifically, she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, with a specialization in Nursing Education, from Walden University in 2019.


The public health nurse began her career in the medical field by earning her EMT license after graduating from high school. She quickly transitioned into nursing, landing her first job as a public health nurse a few years ago after completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

For Maryesther, her career has become more than a way to earn a salary; public health nursing is a way to impact social change in her community.

“I’ve grown a deep passion for public health,” she said. “There are so many nursing opportunities within the field that I never knew about. Primary prevention is so important to ensure people don’t develop disorders or diseases that are 100% preventable. It will help the individual in all aspects of their life as they progress through life. It also decreases the strain advancing diseases and disorders have on the healthcare system.”

Maryesther said the education she gained while learning online at Walden has led to unexpected career opportunities. Shortly after earning her MSN in Nursing Education degree at Walden, she was promoted to the position of public health nurse supervisor after being in the department just two years. In her new role, she focuses her nursing work on developing community health education programs.

“Walden’s education has given me the tools and foundation to propel me into my future endeavors,” she said.

Maryesther wants to use the skills she learned in her MSN degree program to help other public health nurses meet their educational and professional goals. Her future career plans include teaching undergraduate students in nursing degree programs. She also hopes to leverage her social media presence to guide and support other public health nurses across the country.

“I want to gain a social media platform to help those who need guidance on their own personal nursing path,” she said. “I want to bring attention and light to the public health nursing community … and [encourage] others to try public health nursing and see if they obtain the same passion as I did.”

Maryesther actively uses her social media channels to share her own journey as a public health nurse. She recently gave her YouTube viewers a review of her experience as a master’s student in Walden’s online nursing education degree program.

“If you are thinking about Walden, especially for my specialization, I would highly recommend it. I learned so much,” she told her viewers.

As a busy adult who wanted to earn a master’s degree online while continuing to work full time, Maryesther said Walden offered everything she was looking for in a nursing school. In addition to the university’s flexible online learning format and accreditation—two must-haves that were at the top of her search list—the nursing college’s top-notch faculty of doctoral-level nurse educators and active practitioners was a big selling point.

“My instructors were knowledgeable and understood we were all working nurses and life happens,” she said. “The online course material was relevant and allowed the nurse to draw from past experiences. The technology allowed a seamless program with no setbacks. The learning experience was amazing.”

Earn a Nursing Degree Online

Did Maryesther Sanchez’s story inspire you? You might also enjoy watching her YouTube review of her Walden experience. Then, when you’re ready to learn more about Walden, check out Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing online degree program and discover how an MSN can help you take your nursing career where you want it to go.

As a master’s student in Walden’s nursing school, you can study an area of nursing that interests you most. Whether you want to become a nurse educator, public health nurse, nurse manager, or nurse practitioner, there’s a specialization that can support your career goals. Your options are Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, Public Health Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

By earning a master’s degree in nursing, you can expand your career and impact.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,