Ms. Lacroix ACNP, MS, BSN, RN currently teaches fourth semester Preceptorship at the University of Arizona. Darlene’s instructor experience includes facilitating RN and License Practical Nurses (LPNs) in both the clinical and academic settings. Since 1994, she has also taught Critical Care classes. Starting in 1997, Darlene was a traveling intensive care RN for two years. Also was an Open Heart Educator for 1 year in Michigan.
Darlene attended the University of Buffalo for her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/M.S. degree (ACNP) in 2004 while concurrently practicing as a Critical Care RN in the Intensive Care Unit in Niagara Falls, Canada. Darlene also taught at the University of Buffalo, BSN students in the Lab Skills department. As an ACNP, her first position was at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Cheektowaga, New York) admitting, managing, and discharging critical care patients and a variety of other medical patients. She was the first NP at this hospital and her duties also included training RNs, physicians, new NPs, PAs, and Case Managers in areas such as, length of stay, management of patients, and the role of NPs. Darlene was recognized for her work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2009 when she received the Nurse Distinction Award. At College of Nursing, University of Arizona Darlene received Excellence in Teaching Award December, 2014. Recieved recognition Award for one of the Tucson's Fabulous Fifty Nurses May, 2017. Graduated from Integrative Nursing Faculty at the College of Nursing University of Arizona, with a Certificate.