FEATURED ALUMNUS 2017-2018
My name is Carlton Rojas and I am a graduate of the LPN to RN Extension Program at Louisiana Tech University from the Class of 1999. I started my career in healthcare as a tech in the ICU and Emergency Department. I then worked for three years as an LPN on telemetry. After graduating from Louisiana Tech, I worked as a registered nurse at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While there, I worked in various departments including trauma ICU, pediatric ICU, and the Emergency Department. While in TN, I obtained my BSN from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.
In 2004, I began my career as a flight nurse in Texas. I continued to do flight nursing full time while I pursued my MSN at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2011, I graduated with my MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. I continued on for another year to obtain my certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner as well. Since that time, I have continued to work in various emergency departments and critical care units as a nurse practitioner. I really enjoy being a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner. I have a huge amount of autonomy. I manage high acuity patients and perform advanced procedures as a nurse practitioner. I continue to be involved in EMS with education and speak at various conferences. I continue to keep active my CCRN, CEN, CFRN, and EMT- Paramedic certifications. I have always worked in high acuity, high paced, dynamic environments.
After 20 plus years I still love every minute of it. I owe this to the fact that several years ago a physician instructed me to obtain a few hobbies to escape the chaotic world of Emergency/ Critical Care. I have found my escape in the outdoors and enjoy spending time on various trails and rivers hiking and kayaking. I am currently obtaining certifications in Wilderness Medicine to seek future job opportunities in this developing specialty. Although I have advanced my education since graduating from Louisiana Tech, I owe my foundation to their nursing program.
Carlton Rojas, MSN, APRN, FNP, ACNP
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2016-2017
I am Clint Pepper and a proud Nursing graduate of Louisiana Tech University. In 2001, I graduated after 3 years of the best undergraduate nursing training in the country. As an 18 year old kid from Fairview Alpha in North Natchitoches Parish, I started a journey with no idea where it would lead. Never really having experienced the demands and expectations of such an intense curriculum, I gained life experience far beyond patient care and drug calculations.
After graduation, I spent the next six years working in cardiovascular (CV)- telemetry, CV ICU, and ER building experience that has been critical in my growth as a professional. I completed my bachelor of science degree in 2007 and graduated from Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia in 2010. I can say with absolute certainty that my success at this level came in large part from the preparation I received at Louisiana Tech. The faculty and staff expected a product that I wasn’t sure I was capable of providing. Although challenging, that first step in my professional career has been essential to reaching my ultimate goals.
As a new CRNA I worked at Baton Rouge General for three years where I gained experience in multiple aspects of anesthesia including cardiac, burn, general, obstetric, and regional anesthesia as well as assisted in the training of many CRNA students. In 2013, I accepted an offer to become a member of the anesthesia team at St Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Today, I provide anesthesia services to Northeast Louisiana residents with the pride of having the best training offered in our country as a Louisiana Tech graduate.
I have been blessed beyond measure with a beautiful wife Sarah who is also a Tech grad, a daughter Addisyn, and two sons Clyde and July. Sarah and I are extremely proud of our accomplishments and understand that being alumni of Louisiana Tech University is an honor and a privilege. As for me, being an accomplished certified REGISTERED NURSE anesthetist was only possible by first becoming a LA TECH NURSE and I thank God that he led me on this journey starting at Louisiana Tech.
FEATURED ALUMNUS 2015-2016
My name is Wesley Madden and I am proud graduate of the Louisiana Tech Division of Nursing. In 1999, I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where I was trained as an Avionics Technician on HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. I received extensive training in technology and learned how to troubleshoot electrical and flight control systems. During this time I also participated in search and rescue missions and learned that I wanted to find ways to help others. As my family grew, I made the decision to return to Ruston and pursue a career in nursing. It was due to the encouragement I received from the wonderful faculty and staff at Louisiana Tech that allowed me to think outside of the traditional boundaries of nursing and explore how I could marry my technological background with patient care.
After completing my degree in Nursing at Louisiana Tech, I went on to work at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA as a Surgical Intensive Care nurse. While gaining invaluable bedside experience, I was also involved in Electronic Health Initiatives as a super user and implementation team member. I began to see that I still enjoyed working with technology and I had the opportunity to effect change for all of the other clinicians in my area with improved documentation and workflow. After transitioning to P & S Surgical hospital, I was once again part of an electronic medical record initiative. This continued to spur my interest in clinical analytics and I began looking for opportunities to learn more. I completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing as I transitioned to a full time position in the Information Technology department at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, AR. While working at Jefferson I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved with their medical device integration project. I witnessed an immediate positive impact to clinicians all over the hospital. Using DevicConX software we were able to automate the flow of device data from all of the devices connect to their patients. This allowed clinicians to spend more time with their patients and that inspired me to look further into this technology. I ultimately accepted a position with iSirona, a medical device integration software company that designed DevicConX, as a Clinical Analyst and Clinical Design consultant. During this time I traveled the United States and implemented DeviceConX and continued to see the need for medical device integration in all aspects of care ranging from large research institutions down to rural clinics and hospitals. iSirona continued to grow and afforded me the opportunity to advance to become the Vice President of Sales Support. It was here that I began to travel the world to sell DeviceConX. I have now had the opportunity to see how healthcare is being practiced in many other countries including China, Denmark and Singapore. In 2014 iSirona was acquired by NantHealth, a transformational healthcare company. I have had the opportunity to work with visionary leadership that is taking medical device integration to the next step. We are continuing to work to achieve the ultimate vision of delivering a connected health care community.
I am fortunate to be a generational alumni with the Louisiana Tech family. As the son of two Louisiana Tech alumni, our family has been blessed by the education and firm foundation that has been provided in this community by Louisiana Tech. My wife, who is also a Louisiana Tech alumna, and I now have 4 children who all attend school on the Louisiana Tech campus as well. We currently have three children at A.E. Phillips Lab School and one beginning her Louisiana Tech journey at the Early Childhood Education Center. We are grateful for the opportunities that Louisiana Tech has provided us and for the continued impact that it makes in the Ruston community and around the world.