My Story Started at GRCC: Pediatric kidney transplant coordinator Liz Jirous says GRCC ‘truly wants to see students succeed’

Liz Jirous smiling.

While a nursing student at Grand Rapids Community College, Liz Jirous appreciated the support she received from faculty and her fellow students.

“The GRCC environment is built for nontraditional students who are juggling many things in addition to getting their education,” she said. “I was able to learn adaptability and flexibility under pressure, which helped prepare me to be a nurse.”

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After receiving her associate degree in 2008, Jirous transferred to Ferris State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She then received a master’s in nursing from Capella University.

She started work as an inpatient nurse at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital soon after receiving her GRCC degree. She then worked as an inpatient supervisor. In 2015, she became the hospital’s pediatric kidney transplant coordinator.

Jirous has also come back to GRCC to teach clinicals to nursing students.

“GRCC truly wants to see their students succeed and provides the support to help make that happen,” she said. “There is so much value in walking next to someone through their journey versus simply providing vague directions. GRCC did that, and, for me, that was priceless.”

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