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Loren Livote ’21
Three-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing
“The biggest challenge I have faced in nursing school was the transition to the virtual environment due to COVID-19,” shares Loren Livote ’21. “Nursing school is difficult as it is, and this abrupt change made both school and my personal life very difficult. I am lucky to have a strong support system which includes my parents, sister, and boyfriend who have always reminded me that I can achieve my goals and to never give up.”
Loren, now in her final year of our three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, has demonstrated resiliency and leadership during a trying time. She is the President of the PA College chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). In this role, she and her fellow members work with Campus Life and Student Engagement to offer opportunities for nursing students to get involved in the community in order to enhance their educational experience. Loren shares: “Some events we have done include free blood pressure screenings at Boscov’s, participating in blood drives, and coordinating guest speakers to educate students on different healthcare topics. Being virtual has proven to be difficult, however we have been able to come up with many virtual opportunities to keep both students and the community safe during the pandemic. Some of these events include virtual mask donations for children, virtual conferences, and a Zoom presentation from Penn State Health employees.” Loren is also a volunteer language tutor for a non-English speaking citizen.
Prior to enrolling in PA College, Loren earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the State University of New York at Cortland and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army. When she decided to pursue a career in nursing, Loren chose PA College for our small class sizes and the simulation and skills lab resources in our Center for Excellence in Practice. While completing her summer internship in the Intensive Care Unit at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, Loren fell in love with this environment and hopes to work in the critical care setting after earning her degree. “I enjoy caring for patients that require a higher level of care and getting to see them recover from a serious health situation,” she adds.
Loren grew up in a small town in New York state, where she plans to return after graduation. She is a proud aunt to her three-year-old nephew and one-year-old niece. In her free time, Loren enjoys playing with her two dogs, working out, cooking and having Harry Potter movie marathons with her sister.
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