Phone: 847-963-5702


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Finance Registered Nursing Degree, 2017, from Harper College Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Aspen University

Dawn Plizga, RN, BSN

Hi, my name is Dawn Plizga and I am the school nurse at Lincoln Elementary School in Palatine, IL.

I chose nursing as my second career in life. Prior to becoming a nurse, I received a Bachelors’ degree in finance from DePaul University in 1993 and was an Accountant & Finance Manager for Motorola for 17 years. I switched careers to demonstrate my care and compassion for people.

I received my Registered Nursing (RN) degree three years ago in 2017 from Harper College and recently received my Bachelor’s (BSN) degree in Nursing from Aspen University. Prior to becoming a full-time school nurse, I worked in a hospital in various departments of orthopedics, medical/surgical, and floated to various other departments such as Cardiac and ICU. I currently hold a resource position at the hospital which helps keep me busy in the summer months and ensures my nursing clinical skills are kept current.

I have been married for 25 years and have three children: two boys (20 & 16), one girl (12), and one fur baby, a husky Zoey who is three. My oldest son is attending college and following in his parents’ footsteps of becoming an accountant. My middle son attends high school and is involved in football and baseball. My daughter is in junior high and loves dance and soccer.

My hobbies include skiing, gardening, and cooking. I love school nursing as it brings much joy in my professional life in watching the students I help learn and grow over school year.