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Angelo La Rocco, Lecturer

Angelo La Rocco, Lecturer

"I started teaching because I want to prepare students with the skills necessary to become successful in their professional careers and to engage them with problem-solving skills and solutions."

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Degrees Held:

  • MSN – University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2011
  • BSN – University of Nevada, Reno, 2004

Career Highlights:

Medical-Surgical Nurse- 6 years

Nurse Education- 4 years

Awards:

  • Recipient of Nevada Nurses Association "40 under 40" award- Spring 2016
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society- UNLV, Spring 2011
  • Member of Golden Key Honour Society- UNLV, Spring 2011
  • Inducted into Nu Iota- Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society- Spring 2005 for Community Nurse Leader
  • Dean's List- UNR, Spring 2002 and Fall 2003
  • Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa- TMCC, Spring 2001

Certifications:

Board Certified in Medical-Surgical by ANCC

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 408 Conceptual Bases of Nursing; NURS 411 Holistic Health Assessment; NURS 431 Care of Aging Populations.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

I want them to learn how to critically think and apply their knowledge base to clinical practice. It is not just merely "memorize and recall" but "to apply" with what they are learning.

What is the value of a BSN?

BSN is the minimal preparation in order to go into many aspects of the nursing profession. It is also a stepping stone to prepare for any graduate-level nursing program.

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I want to prepare students with the skills necessary to become successful in their professional careers and to engage them with problem-solving skills and solutions.

What advice would you give to nurses considering the online RN to BSN program?

Stay motivated and have the self-discipline to complete the online assignments that your course requires. And don't be afraid to communicate and reach out to your peers and instructors. Just because there isn't "face-to-face" communication doesn't mean that you are not expected to communicate amongst yourselves and peers.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

I originally wanted to be in medicine, but after going through the nursing program, I found that I actually enjoyed the responsibility of being a nurse and being able to care for patients.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Being able to problem-solve, a positive attitude, displays a genuine concern for people, and being able to apply not just the "theory" but the "art" of nursing.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

Finding our one united voice that is unique to the nursing profession that can make a positive and lasting change to benefit ourselves and the clients that we serve.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Too many to list, but Toxic Nursing by Cheryl Dellasega and Rebecca Volpe.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I sing karaoke when I have the time. I used to be a Karaoke Jockey (KJ) when I was a full-time bedside nurse.

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