EJ Shaheen Award: A series of open doors led Louis to nursing job at Glen Oak

Working as a professor at a community college was more happenstance and the result of a series of doors that opened for this year’s Glen Oaks EJ Shaheen recipient, Susan Louis, professor of nursing.

A Vicksburg native, and fourth-generation graduate of Vicksburg High School, Louis began her working career as a cosmetologist.

“My older sister asked if I wanted to take LPN classes with her at a local community college,” said Louis. “It all started with our first class – Medical Terminology. “My sister didn’t like it, but I kept on taking classes, soon stopped working as a hairdresser and took a position as a unit clerk at Borgess Hospital.”

Louis enjoyed the hospital environment and was sure she wanted to learn all the things that nurses need to know – well, except for anything that had to do with “bodily fluids.”

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