Rose Noel

A calling in pediatric nursing

In high school Rose Noel wanted to be a pediatrician, but she now has her heart set on becoming a pediatric nurse so she can more involved in the daily direct care of patients.

“I really would like to work in a NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) and do whatever I can to make my patients more comfortable,” says the senior nursing major from Powder Springs. “Not only is that what you normally expect from nursing care, but it’s playing games, doing puppets, all while carrying out doctor’s orders, to make a patient feel at ease.”

Rose has performed her clinical rotations in the nursing program at nearby West Georgia Health, where she has learned hands-on care in its nursing home as well as the intensive care unit, the emergency department, pediatric care units and the medical-surgical floor. She also had the chance to have clinical rotations at Egleston and Scottish Rite children’s hospitals in Atlanta.

“The clinical instructors there were great, the children were great, and it affirmed even more why I want to do this,” she says.

Rose transferred from a large public university and said she appreciates LaGrange College’s small classes and “family feel.”

“Depending on your learning style, a larger campus may not be a good fit for you when you have 150 to 300 students in some of your classes,” says Rose, who is originally from Haiti and moved to the United States in fourth grade. “You hear a lecture for about an hour and a half, and then you leave. At LaGrange College, the classes give you a chance to get to know each other and ask questions.”

Rose says LaGrange College’s Nursing Department is like a family because the students and professors spend so much time together.

“We have the same people in classes together for two to four hours at a time three times a week,” she says. “We see each other then in clinical again, and you all become each other’s support group, each other’s study buddies. Professors have an open-door policy, and you can talk to them about whatever is overwhelming you and whatever questions you have. They care about you and provide resources for you if it’s out of their hands.”

Rose says she chose LaGrange College not only because it offered the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, but because of its students’ success on the National Council Licensure Examination, the licensing test for nurses.

For the fourth year in a row, every member of the LaGrange College graduating nursing class has had a 100 percent pass rate on the exam on his or her first try. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the average passing rate is about 91.55 percent for students in baccalaureate programs.

“Because of that, I knew this was the perfect place,” Rose says. “I knew I would be well-prepared.”