Student Spotlight: Lisa LaRose
Although Lisa LaRose dropped out of high school, she realized the importance of education and earned her GED.
LaRose then completed college courses in programming and computer management but never attended full time. She landed good jobs and later watched as all three of her daughters took classes at College of DuPage.
She finally decided the time was right to enroll and has earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. Once at COD, she encountered professors who were more than willing to help, such as Larinda Dixon, professor of Nursing.
“I spent 24 weeks with her during my clinicals,” LaRose said. “She is responsible for where I am today in terms of the nursing capabilities I now have.
“But I was amazed at all of the professors, from the Nursing program to my general education classes. I never had a professor who didn’t want to go the extra mile. Everyone from start to finish has been so helpful and interested in my success here. It’s clear they stand behind what they are doing.”
In addition to her class work, LaRose was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. In 2011, she was named one of the two Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.
Since graduation, LaRose passed the NCLEX and became an RN, working at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton on the brain injury unit. She became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and entered Benedictine University’s RN to BSN program, which was a cohort for previous COD nursing students.
Having earned her BSN, she also received her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN); completed both her Nurse Clinician III and Nurse Clinician IV designations; and maintains certifications for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Acute Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
LaRose currently is a Clinical Referral Liaison for the admissions department at Northwestern Medicine/Marianjoy. She follows patients in local acute care hospitals to assess their post-hospital needs and their appropriateness for inpatient rehabilitation.
“My experience at College of DuPage was great,” she said. “The value of the education that you receive for the price you pay is really outstanding.”
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