Student Spotlight: Nita Millstein

Nita Millstein comes to bioethics from a background combining conflict resolution, (in corporations, nonprofit organizations and communities) and leadership consulting for healthcare and other organizations. She has business experience in for profit segments, such as healthcare, as well as a long history of work with nonprofit community organizations throughout Los Angeles. She received her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and graduated from the Master’s in Bioethics program in May of 2017.

Why did you choose LMU’s Bioethics graduate program?

I was interested in marrying my business and healthcare background with education that would focus on the values and goals of healthcare, and the patient's perspective. I found the program to be very thorough in terms of providing both theories and realities of bioethics issues today.

My business background includes many years of business consulting, much of it within the healthcare field. Most recently, I returned to mediation work on a community level and found myself drawn to bioethics from a vision of bioethics mediation work.

What do you like best about the program?

The diversity of the students in the program and the courses that specifically touch the areas of interest noted above. In our cohort we had a nurse, a social worker, a priest, an attorney, a psychologist, a recent undergrad with a strong philosophy background and me! So, just in our cohort we had medicine, religion, law and philosophy - four key pillars of bioethics practice.

Have you developed a special interest in the field?

Neonatal issues, end of life issues, bioethics mediation and conflict resolution. The field of medicine has grown increasingly technological and many practitioners receive training and direction that focuses on that. However, the communication skills and conflict resolution skills, which are critical to the human elements in medicine, seem to be more neglected. I believe that provides me an opportunity to be of service in the field.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am unsure, although it will involve being of service to some nonprofit, healthcare organization.

How do you think your Bioethics studies will inform your work?

My view of healthcare dilemmas, and the people caught within them, will always be enriched by the discussions, readings, and instruction I've received in the program.