An Example of Nursing Excellence

Northwestern Medicine
Nursing March 13, 2013
Deborah Roache, RN attending to patientDeborah Roache, RN, began her nursing career in the late 1970s after obtaining an associate’s degree in nursing. She has been a labor and delivery nurse at Northwestern Memorial since 1998, balancing a demanding career in patient care with raising her own family. Recently, Roache decided to pursue a long wished-for bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). To help defray her expenses, she applied for partial assistance through the hospital’s Aim High Nursing Excellence program, which provides scholarships for Northwestern Memorial nurses who are pursuing a BSN.

Roache has long been a leader among Northwestern Memorial’s nurses, where she has led or participated in numerous initiatives and committees. Currently, she facilitates the hospital’s involvement with Peri-FACTS, an online continuing education program which allows OB/GYN healthcare providers to obtain nursing contact hours and continuing medical education credits. She also was instrumental in the development and implementation of rapid HIV testing for obstetrical patients. 

Carol Burke, MSN, says “What sets Deborah apart is her passion and vision for advancing perinatal nursing, along with her ability to make her vision a reality. She was one of the first of our nurses to obtain board certification in inpatient obstetrics, and she has encouraged her fellow nurses to advance their own education by organizing a program that helps them earn contact hours. All of this reflects her dedication to learning and succeeding.”

To date, Roache has completed several courses toward her BSN and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. “Completion of a BSN will give me a more rounded education and a better understanding of the research process,” she says. “I wish to represent Northwestern Memorial and the nursing profession to the best of my ability.”

Click here to donate to the Aim High Nursing Excellence Scholarship program. For more information about this program or other philanthropic needs in nursing, please contact Leslie Post-Weissinger (312.926.0450), philanthropy director at Northwestern Memorial Foundation.