Assistant Professor of Nursing, Department Head of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Nicholls State University has changed tremendously since its inception. Its students now learn in state-of-the-art facilities with cutting edge technology that students 20 years ago couldn’t even fathom.
Rebecca Lyons recognizes the changes in the nursing field and bachelor’s program at Nicholls firsthand; she was in the first graduating class of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Nicholls in 1986.
Upon graduation, Lyons’ nursing career was centered in the Intensive Care Unit at Terrebonne General Medical Center. “It’s my first love,” Lyons says. “Give me a big ole sick adult who needs heart surgery — a cardiovascular/thoracic, neuro-trauma, renal shut down, who knows what’s going on nightmare — and I’m raring to go.”
Lyons is also CCRN certified. “I do believe I spent more time at 8166 Main St. than at my own home. It was a great time. I worked with some awesome people.”
Upon completing her master’s degree in 2000, Lyons returned to her alma mater, where nursing students are now taught to care for patients utilizing the latest technological advances, such as a human simulator, computerized assisted instruction and interactive online course adjuncts. The technology allows student decisions to determine whether the “patient” lives or you know, dies. Lyons was glad to return to an ever-changing department that allows her to help students not only with the available technology but with her own years of real world practical experience.
“I love to teach the students, especially to teach what I have gained through my years of being a critical care nurse — the real stories, the real deal about working, life, death,” Lyons says. “I give them any advice that may help them in their own journey and career as a nurse.”
Lyons is most proud of her family — her husband of more than 21 years, her two children and her extended family.
B.S.N., Nicholls State University; M.S.N., University of Phoenix
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