Ralph Barzditis

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
School of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Nursing
M.S.N. (Nursing Education), 2015, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S.N. (Nursing), 2013, Olivet Nazarene University
A.D.N. (Nursing), 1991, Joliet Junior College

Professor Barzditis joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018, teaching fundamentals of nursing and pharmacology and serving as the Level 1 coordinator at the Oak Brook campus. He began his career with Olivet as a clinical instructor, lab instructor and Level 2 coordinator.

His professional nursing experience includes cardiac intensive care; burn unit at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois; and Level 1 trauma unit at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. Stroger’s trauma unit functions independently from the emergency room and is one of only a few in the U.S. organized with its own admission area, ICU and step down area. For much of his time at Stroger, he served as a charge nurse — a challenging role on the trauma unit’s team.

Before nursing, Professor Barzditis worked as a firefighter/paramedic for 22 years. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT). In that role, he was part of the Hurricane Katrina disaster response team in 2005. He has also worked as a photojournalist and a commercial advertising photographer.

“Providing Olivet students with a quality, faith-based education is a responsibility I take seriously,” he says. “This is a calling for me, one with great frustrations and even greater rewards. Helping nursing students reach their goal of becoming practicing professionals is a joy for me.”

He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society, and the National League of Nursing.

Professor Barzditis and his wife, Maria, were married in 1981. They are the parents of two adult children. As “animal people,” they provide a home to three dogs and two turtles. He is also an amateur radio operator and enjoys camping with his family.