Director of Nursing, Lorien Health Services, Mays Chapel
Lorien Health Services
Besides raising her four children, Lisa Rogers considers her most significant accomplishment earning her registered nurse degree.
Which is not surprising, given her early educational history.
In 1998, at the age of 17, Rogers decided high school had nothing left to teach her. So she dropped out, went looking for work and wound up with a job as a nursing assistant.
The job was nothing but a paycheck at first, she said, but all that changed when a patient told her, “Thank you, you’re an angel.”
“At that moment, I was hooked,” Rogers said. “I knew I would spend my life caring for people as a nurse, and I’ve never looked back.”
After earning a General Educational Development diploma, Rogers went on to earn her degree at Rhodes State College, in Lima, Ohio in 2003. After nursing stints in Ohio and Tennessee, she was named director of nursing at Lorien Mays Chapel, a 93-bed skilled nursing facility in Timonium, in 2016.
During her time at Lorien, Rogers has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments. They include setting up a cardiac program for men and women who come to the facility after heart surgery or suffering congestive heart failure and instituting a research-based approach to treating Parkinson’s patients that, she says, has yielded “phenomenal results” in a fairly short time.
“Lisa is first and foremost a nurse with a passion for patient care,” wrote Wayne Brannock, COO of Lorien Health Services, in his letter nominating Rogers for nurse of the year. “But as our director of nursing, she is also a true leader committed to improving the quality of care system-wide.”
Rogers treasures the day she earned her degree. “I’ve earned two higher degrees since then, but that RN was my ticket into the profession that I love,” she said. “And, just like raising my children, I consider it not just an accomplishment but a blessing.”