About Nurse Barbara

The ‘Ask The Nurse’ program was designed for the purpose of assisting patients, families and caregivers who are caring for aging loved ones with mental illness such as Alzheimer's, Dementia and Parkinson's disease.

My name is Barbara Rothman, RN, BS, MHA. I have been an RN since graduating from Elgin Community College May 1995 with my associate in nursing. I owned and operated River Oaks Retirement Home, a 101-unit, 41-bed facility and mindset Adult Day Center. I am a seasoned nursing executive working for more than 25 years in health care.

Throughout my career, my key focus has always been to ensure the delivery of extraordinary care and service to my patients and their families. I have dedicated my time, energy and nursing expertise to serving vulnerable populations and caring for those in need. Clinically, I have extensive experience in behavioral health and psychiatry holding a certification in Gerontology with my focus on Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I have worked as a clinical instructor for nursing students and currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration.

During my tenor as an Adjunct Instructor, I recognized very early on there was a significant increase in the number of older adults being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, depression and anxiety. I made the decision then to advocate for my patients. I encouraged my students to consider focusing their nursing careers to care for the aging.

My hope is to provide support and helpful resources based on my years of experience to assist those seeking my help.