About NSC Faculty
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Nevada State College is committed to providing online students with the best academic experience, which is why 90% of our faculty are certified as online instructors. Our diverse nursing faculty embodies the philosophy that caring is the essence of nursing. As a student, you will experience their devotion to the art of nursing, and learn to play an active role in bettering the global health care community.Request Information
"I am a lifelong resident of Nevada and I am passionate about the health of this community. Improving the health of the community starts with good nursing education. I am happy to be part of that."
Angelo La Rocco
"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."
"I know it’s hard to go back to school after years of working as a nurse in the hospital, but there is a lot of value in getting a BSN degree, and nurses are professionals who can only benefit from a BSN program"
"When I began my journey as a student, I chose Nevada State College for a reason. Caring, compassion, academics, and the nursing life are important attributes when walking away with your new degree, and that is why I now teach at my alma mater."
Dr. Cecelia Fernan
"I started teaching because I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. I always feel the excitement and joy when I am able to help others understand or learn something. Knowledge is power. It is the best thing to give to someone."
"Nursing requires a fire in your belly, a passion, but also a cool, clear, head. It needs determination to overcome the emotional highs and lows and persistence, patience, and love for self. Balance is crucial for the commitment to life-long learning this profession demands."
"I want students to be able to think critically and to always be inquisitive while caring for their patient and managing their care."
"Nursing is such a wonderful mix of social interaction and science. This combination, with opportunities to truly help people, was what drew me."
"Nursing is a field of compassion, caring and being nonjudgmental of others. Spending time with patients either inpatient, outpatient or in the home is the greatest gift we can give them."
"Going back to finish my BSN (after 18 years as an ADN) changed the trajectory of my career in a really positive way. We NEED ADNs to go back to school so they can offer their valuable experiences and unique voices to the profession of nursing."
"As a nurse, I recognize that when I work at the bedside with patients, I have the opportunity to touch lives on a small scale. As a nursing educator, I recognize that I have the opportunity to touch the lives of students who will then go out into the clinical setting and touch the lives of many."
"As a facilitator of learning, it is my responsibility to see that the student walks away with the motivation for success, life time learning and accomplishing their own self-satisfying goals."
Dr. Ludy Llasus
Associate Dean and Assistant Professor
"I saw the need for effective nurses. I saw too many errors occurring that could have been prevented if the nurse was thinking and anticipating the needs of the patient."
Dr. Natasha Svelmoe
"The online RN to BSN track is a convenient and an efficient path to enhancing knowledge and receiving a degree that will allow you to stay current with your professional knowledge and assist you in advancing your career."
"Teaching was a natural way to blend my talents and share my knowledge. After many years of direct patient care, I saw a need to educate and help entry level nurses become excellent practitioners."
"I want students to learn about various mental health disorders and how they affect individual clients. My goal is to have them enjoy their psychiatric nursing clinical rotation and apply what they learn in theory to the clinical rotation."
"Nursing is a rewarding, yet challenging career. The BSN places the RN in a better position to understand and succeed in the dynamic field."
"I enjoy working with others. I care deeply about others' well-being and their ability to reach their potential. I am fascinated by biology, psychology, and other topics that are the knowledge base of nursing."
Dr. Stephanie Durfor
"I wanted to become a nurse educator to share my knowledge, experience, and passion for the nursing profession."
Dr. Susan Bonnell
"I think of my students as my 'patients' and try to be the best that I can be to meet their needs so they can be successful. I also try to expose them to the multiple ways of being a nurse and encourage them to seek and find their own dreams for the people we care for."
"I achieved my BSN and never looked back until I achieved my terminal degree of a DNP. I am so proud to say that I am a Nursing Professor and am making a big difference in many of our graduates to continue on in their education, too."