Nursing Professor at La Roche Receives National Nurse Educator Award

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Terri Liberto

Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing and department chair of nursing at La Roche College, has received The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

Dr. Liberto, of Sarver, Pa., was one of four educators selected out of 500 nominations across the country to receive this prestigious award. ATI recognized Dr. Liberto as an educator who demonstrates the integration of professional and interpersonal skills into her nursing practice and education of students. These skills include: how to stay healthy and manage work-related stress, convey professional behaviors and attitudes, use nursing informatics and technology, function as a leader of the health care team and act a client advocate.

“I am honored to receive this award. I could not achieve these great outcomes in the nursing department without the collaboration from the nursing faculty and the support of the administration at La Roche College,” Dr. Liberto said.

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Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean for La Roche College; Terri Liberto, Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing and recipient of The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award; Rosemary McCarthy, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Adult Education Photo Credit: Becky Jeskey

After earning a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Liberto went on to receive a Ph.D. from West Virginia University. In August 2008 she joined La Roche College, where she uses her knowledge and expertise as a nurse leader to teach students.

“When educating nursing students I emphasize exceeding expectations. I am passionate about everything in nursing: caring for patients, creating a supportive environment, interacting with other health care professionals and just making a difference in health care.”

John Goodman, client executive for Assessment Technologies Institute, presents The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award to Terri Liberto, associate professor and chair of nursing at La Roche College, on Oct. 14. Photo Credit: Becky Jeskey
John Goodman, client executive for Assessment Technologies Institute, presents The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award to Terri Liberto, associate professor and chair of nursing at La Roche College, on Oct. 14.
Photo Credit: Becky Jeskey

La Roche College offers nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including an Associate of Science in nursing, an RN to BSN completion program, an online Master of Science in nursing, a school nurse certification program and a forensic nurse certificate option. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

Dr. Liberto said the one of most rewarding parts of her teaching career is watching students advance through La Roche’s rigorous programs.

“I watch as the students progress from timid, inexperienced student nurses to confident, competent graduates,” she explained. “I also continue to see great outcomes after graduation. Our graduates go on to become successful, professional nurses. Most expand their educational degrees, and some come back to La Roche as nurse educators. I especially look forward to continued communication and collaboration with our graduates as they progress in their health care careers.”