Laurel Ridge Community College and further studies at Shenandoah University were the right prescription for success for family nurse practitioner Tiffany Judd-Alishauskas.
After spending some time as an emergency room nurse and an urgent care nurse practitioner, Judd-Alishauskas started working at Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital Family and Internal Medicine in September.
“I enjoy practicing family medicine because it’s all ages; I take care of children up to the elderly,” she says. “It’s a change of pace from my acute-care background.”
Judd-Alishauskas enrolled in Laurel Ridge after graduating from Luray High School in 2008. She was familiar with the college, having taken a class at the Luray-Page County Center while still in high school.
“I just didn’t feel like a four-year university and living in a dorm was appealing,” Judd-Alishauskas says. “I wanted to stay home, especially since I was also working. Plus, Lord Fairfax is cheaper than going to a four-year university. I saved so much money in the long run.”
She earned her emergency medical technician-advanced certificate through Laurel Ridge, and Judd-Alishauskas had known since high school that she wanted to be a nurse. She took all her prerequisite courses at Laurel Ridge before transferring to Shenandoah University’s nursing program.
“I enjoyed my time at Laurel Ridge,” Judd-Alishauskas says. “I appreciated the flexibility of being able to live at home and work while attending college, and I liked the convenience when there were classes I could take here in Luray.
“My favorite classes were anatomy and physiology with professors Ramon Selove and Ann Simpson. They were the tougher classes!”
Now is the time to enroll in spring classes – www.laurelridge.edu/enroll.