A Two-Time Graduate: Steven Paradis '75 and '77

Steven Paradis expected to work hard when he returned to Saint Anselm for a second degree. He didn’t anticipate election to the national nursing honor society. “That,” he admits, “surprised the heck out of me.”

Steven Paradis '75 and '77When Paradis wanted a midlife career change, he returned to the place that gave him his first career. The two-time Saint A’s graduate exchanged his business suit for medical scrubs, and he’s never been happier.

A native of Manchester, Paradis had often visited Saint Anselm, and wanted a local college. He appreciated the Catholic values. “It seemed like the right fit.”

He had always had an interest in medicine, but enrolling in the 70’s, “There were no men in the nursing program.” He majored instead in Business and Economics.

Taking a job with Amoskeag Bank, Paradis stayed in that industry for 20 years, but noticed an absence: “Banking had changed. I felt that part of the profession was missing. I wanted to be in touch with people’s needs.”

With his wife Denise’s encouragement, Paradis returned to the Hilltop in 1993 for the nursing program. Challenged with being an older student, Steve was told by Dr. Joanne Farley, then director of the program, “You can do this.”

The formal classroom education was “…hard initially, but I knew what I wanted to do,” he said. Working as a Licensed Nursing Assistant at the Bishop Peterson home for retired priests, Steve went to school full-time while a full-time husband and father.

Graduating as a Registered Nurse, Steve moved from Bishop Peterson to Saint Joseph’s Hospital and then to Elliot Hospital in Manchester where he now manages clinical aspects of its Cancer Center. At 64 he has no intention of retiring. “This is where I like to be.”

Kathleen D. Bailey
Photo by Kevin Harkins