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Shawn O Tyrrell
Shawn O. Tyrrell
Chief Nursing Officer
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

Class of 1975

How has Triton College made an impact on your life?
In addition to Triton affording me this great opportunity to have a wonderful secure career, Triton influenced my learning as being a lifelong and never-ending experience. There were clear influences among faculty who made this clear throughout my time at Triton. Also, Triton focused on both the art and science of nursing, which I appreciate even so today.

Triton College inspired education as a continuing path for Shawn Tyrrell. Often receiving encouragement from her Triton instructors to pursue a higher education beyond the two-year community college, Tyrrell found herself taking that advice above and beyond. Tyrrell currently holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, as Chief Nursing Officer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Following receiving her associate’s degree in nursing at Triton in 1975, Tyrrell went onto Lewis University in Romeoville for her bachelor’s in nursing, and then to Loyola University in Chicago to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing. And three years ago, Tyrrell received her Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Nursing Practice with a concentration in Health Systems Leadership. “I credit Triton,” she says, “because I was able to pay my own tuition and become a nurse. Triton was the best value for me and set me on a path to career success and growth.”

In her career, Tyrrell has enjoyed roles in both urban and suburban hospitals and has had the privilege of working with nurses all over Chicagoland, including holding progressive leadership roles at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville, the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

In the future, Tyrrell plans to complete her doctorate in nursing. She looks forward to gaining a stronger knowledge base about change management, particularly as nurses face the challenges of health care reform. She hopes to be a strong leader that helps to improve the foundation of nursing practice.