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Laura Coles, M.S., R.N. CEN, CHSE

Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director, Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Clinical Education


Certifications: Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, ACLS, PALS, STABLE, BLS

Started at RWU: August 2013

Specialty: Emergency/Trauma Nursing, Transcultural and Global Health Nursing, Disaster Nursing, Pediatric & Adult Post-surgical Nursing

Professional Involvement:

  • Emergency Nurse at URMC Strong West Emergency Department
  • Member of Samaritan's Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team: intermittent deployment for international disaster emergencies (war, epidemic, natural disaster) as a nurse with the field hospital.  
  • Item Writer for Certified Emergency Nurse exam, BCEN
  • Camp Nurse at Camp of the Woods (seasonal)
  • Member of Simulation Educators of Western NY, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau.  
  • Frequent preceptor for MNE graduate students

Favorite Activities: In my free time I particularly enjoy gardening, kayaking, reading by the creek, hammock camping, and exploring life with nieces and nephews

Favorite Quote/Bible Verse: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4:7-9, 16-18

Thoughts About Roberts: I love the opportunities for close rapport with students, and exploring the complex nuances of excellent and thoughtful care of the whole patient from a Christ-centered perspective