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Published 2/3/2005

Owens Alumna Graces Cover of 'U.S. News & World Report'

For Lara Bartley, the idea of pursuing a career in which she could make a difference in the lives of others always seemed like a logical fit. Such aspirations led the Rossford native from the Owens Community College Registered Nursing Program to the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - and coincidently because of her career choice the cover of "U.S. News & World Report."

Bartley, a 1997 Owens Registered Nursing Program graduate, is featured in her nursing attire on the national publication's January 31 - February 7 edition highlighting the field of nursing. The issue features an article "Nurses Step to the Front" which examines how nurses are taking on advanced roles filling "voids in patient care."

"It is quite an honor to be highlighted on the 'U.S. News & World Report' cover," said Bartley, who currently serves as an RN oncology nurse in the Hillman Cancer Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "The success I have had as a registered nurse is because of Owens Community College. I don't think any other college or university could have better prepared me for my career field."

She added, "The Owens faculty is exceptional and I couldn't wait to apply their instruction and knowledge to the real-world setting."

Following graduation from Owens, the 1994 Rossford High School graduate served as a Medical College of Ohio RN/oncology nurse. In addition, she previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in palliative (terminal) medicine for two years and at Cleveland's University Hospital in the Ireland Cancer Center as a chemotherapy RN/oncology nurse.

Six months ago she moved to Pittsburgh where she now serves as a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center RN oncology nurse. In her current position, she is responsible for administering chemotherapy to patients within the outpatient clinic.

"I really cherish the time I spend with the (chemotherapy) patients," she stated. "I formed a very special bond with many of them, which will be with me forever."

Bartley, who also played women's basketball at Owens from 1994-96, is one of the more than 3,500 nurses who have graduated from the Owens School of Health Sciences' Registered Nursing Program. The College's program was established in 1969 as the first associate degree of its kind for nursing in Northwest Ohio and was later implemented on the Findlay- area Campus in 1991.

Owens' Registered Nursing Program requires 72 credit hours of coursework, which includes nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, life span psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, and anatomy and physiology. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

"Lara Bartley represents the best and brightest of the Owens Registered Nursing Program," said Janell Lang, Owens Dean for the School of Health Sciences. "We are gratified to know that the educational foundation given to her at Owens has provided a highly rewarding career in oncology nursing."

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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