Faculty Spotlight: Dilyss Gallyot
Dilyss Gallyot believes helping a patient through life's greatest challenges is an honor.
“I remember seeing a child being born and thinking it was miraculous, and I have held the hand of a patient who was dying and felt that it was a privilege to assist in comforting another individual,” she explained. “Nursing is a fascinating science. It allows me to focus the practice of medicine and blend it with the act of compassion.”
She brings that compassion to both her patients and to her students. After earning her degree at College of DuPage, Gallyot worked as a nurse for 16 years and still works part-time in that capacity while teaching nursing full-time at COD.
As a nurse, her focus is in ICU and critical care patient settings. However, Gallyot has taken on a new role as a home health care nurse for high-risk children.
“I have learned so much about the love between a parent and a child and healing,” she said. “Seeing my patients grow and achieve developmental milestones is amazing. It puts things into perspective in my life when I see what challenges people are dealing with every day.”
As an instructor, Gallyot can share these experiences with her students in hopes they will be inspired to make a difference in patients’ lives.
“I want to nurture their excitement. Too often, people discourage individuals who want to pursue a nursing career because the burnout rate is high. But we all need to have positive role models. I saw being an instructor as a way to spread a positive message about the art of nursing.”
Gallyot beams with pride about how a former student took care of a family member in the ICU. She also enjoys watching how her students progress from being unsure of how to enter a patient’s room to confidently working with multiple patients during their last semester.
In 2017, Gallyot was named one of College of DuPage’s Distinguished Alumni. It’s a reflection of her dedication to her students, who she wants to strive to be better.
“I care for my students, but I will push them to do their best,” Gallyot said. “I also want them to remember the vulnerability of the patients who they are caring for and the responsibility that is placed in the hands of a nurse.”
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