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#48 Lori Mullen, Class of 1981
(ASN Registered Nursing Program )

I am a Coachella Valley native. In fact, I am the fourth generation in my family to reside

in the Coachella Valley. After graduating from Palm Springs High School, I made the decision to enroll in the Registered Nursing program at COD.

COD had an excellent record of preparing RNs to pass the State Board exams and an excellent reputation for preparing RNs to work in various medical settings.

Making the decision to attend the nursing program at COD was the most important professional decision I could have made. Thanks to the excellent instructors and challenging curriculum, I was prepared to succeed in any nursing role I worked in.

Nursing can take you anywhere and everywhere. Nurses can work in hospital settings, visit patients at home, and become educators; the possibilities are almost limitless. Nursing can open doors you never knew existed.

I would have never dreamed that my professional passion would be caring for people at the end-of-life. I find caring for patients and families at the end-of-life to be the most rewarding nursing I have done. I recently went the extra step professionally and completed my Bachelor Nursing degree in Palliative Care with the University of Dundee Scotland.

I owe all of my rich and rewarding nursing experiences to the excellent nursing program at COD.

Lori Mullen, R.N., BNPC

P.S. My son Lance Mullen, 5th generation Coachella Valley resident, followed in his Mom's footsteps and attended COD before transferring to UC Santa Barbara.