Anthony Battaglia ’95 is President of Pocket Nurse®, a medical supply company based in Monaca, Pa.
Why did you choose La Roche?
I attended Sewickley Valley Hospital School of Nursing, and La Roche provided some of my elective classes. It made sense to finish my BSN at La Roche. It was an easy and smooth transition.
How did La Roche prepare you for your career?
La Roche provided me with the leadership skills necessary to build my own business. Since I became the president of a medical supply company, I realized how important my nursing education and clinical experience was in both product knowledge and in understanding customers’ needs. Holding a nursing degree from La Roche gave me the insight and ability to sell medical supplies. I understood the market and the products, which made me a successful nursing entrepreneur.
What impact did La Roche have on you as a person?
La Roche taught me the nursing theory necessary to excel during my career at Allegheny General Hospital. Furthermore, the leadership skills I acquired at La Roche helped me when I was creating my own business.
Why would you recommend La Roche to prospective student?
The campus provides smaller classrooms and more individualized attention from faculty.
What are you most proud of when you look back on your college experience?
I am proud that I was able to finish my nursing degree while working at Allegheny General Hospital, and that I had the ability to fit my classes into my lifestyle and work schedule.
What is your favorite memory of being a La Roche student?
My favorite memory is of spending a lot of time in the library. Being a non-traditional student, the time I spent with my classmates was limited to class and the library, where we studied together.
What advice do you have for our students?
Don’t give up! It is your degree of determination that will determine whether you succeed or fail.
Education is important because it gives individuals the necessary skills and tools that are needed in life. Without education, we would not be able to properly function in today’s society.