Faculty Spotlight: Robert Berry

Robert Berry

Robert Berry
Program: Nursing

Robert Berry never considered becoming a nurse until his roommate brought it up.

"I had been working at Resurrection Hospital as a nursing assistant," he said. "During this time, I observed the difference that the nurses made in patients' lives and I wanted to be a part of that."

Berry earned his bachelor's in nursing from Chicago State University and his master's in nursing from Aurora University. He worked as a critical care nurse at Christ Medical Center and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, did a brief stint in nursing administration and then made the switch to nursing education, teaching at Aurora University before coming to COD.

"I saw teaching as a way to make a difference in the future of my profession," he said. "Nothing gives me greater pleasure that seeing a student have that light bulb moment. I hope my students come away from my classes with passion and compassion -- a passion for their profession that makes them always ask questions, and a compassion for the patients in their care."

Berry is inspired by his sister Ellen, who contracted polio during the 1950s and now uses a walker for mobility.

"She has never let her handicap hold her back," he said. "She never complains and is always moving forward."

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