Arlene de la Rocha joined Durham College in 2007 as a professor in the Durham College-UOIT collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, bringing with her years of experience teaching in both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Registered Practical Nurse programs at Northern College in Timmins. While at Northern College, de la Rocha was responsible for teaching in all four years of the BScN program and in both years of the RPN programs as well as teaching in various student practicum placements including maternal/child, acute care, continuing care and long-term care. She was also actively involved with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program’s development, simulation/nursing skills lab, orientation and seminar development for part-time practicum teachers and accreditation activities.
De la Rocha received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and her Nursing diploma from the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba four years later. De la Rocha furthered her education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Education from Nipissing University and finally her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.
In addition, de la Rocha has extensive clinical nursing experience working in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg; as an operating room nurse first assisting at a hospital in Mexico City, Mexico; an acute care and maternal/child nurse in Timmins, Ontario; and developed pre-and post-operative teaching classes for vascular, thoracic and general surgical patients in a private clinic.
She is currently considering opportunities to pursue her PhD in Nursing, with a focus on complementary and alternative therapies and holistic nursing care, in conjunction with nursing education and the caring curriculum.