Lone Star College-Montgomery nursing professor Carol Girocco was recently recognized as one of 25 outstanding nurses for Nursing Celebration 2015
Carol Girocco, the distinction of being recognized as one of 25 outstanding nurses for Nursing Celebration 2015 is not just about her hard work and dedication, but the intrinsic reward of knowing that her efforts and passion are recognized.
“I believe all of this is like leaving a legacy,” Girocco said. “And knowing that I have an impact on others lives, no matter how small or fleeting.”
A celebration and award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, in Houston.
Nursing Celebration 2015 is sponsored and hosted by the Texas Nurses Association, District 9, with the proceeds benefitting the Texas Nurses District 9 foundation.
As one of 25 outstanding nurses in the Houston and Galveston area, peers and co-workers nominated Girocco as an exemplary registered nurse. In addition to being honored at the award ceremony, scholarships and research grants will be presented and a President’s Award will be given to a leading advocate for nurses and the nursing profession.
After graduating from nursing school, Girocco has taught nursing in schools such as Northeast Louisiana State University, Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, and at LSC-North Harris, LSC-Kingwood and LSC-Montgomery.
Girocco has worked in several areas of nursing but always found oncology, palliative care and hospice to be her passions.
When asked why she chose nursing as a profession, Girocco likes to boast that nursing chose her.
“I really can’t imagine ever doing anything else in this lifetime that did not somehow involve caring for people,” she said. “I love what I do and I have the best of both worlds – teaching and nursing – so what could be better?”
Upon retiring in the spring of 2017, Girocco intends to continue to work part-time as an oncology nurse navigator or in hospice. She also plans to increase her current volunteer involvement with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
“This distinction is humbling and I am touched,” Girocco said. “But more important than the reward is the belief and appreciation of others that I respect and hold in high esteem in my contributions to the vocation of nursing.”
Any registered nurse currently licensed in the state of Texas and working as a registered nurse in District 9 is eligible for nomination. However, previous recipients are not eligible to receive the award again.
For more information on the nursing program at LSC-Montgomery, visit LoneStar.edu/nursing-dept-montgomery.htm.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.