Nursing News and Events

Barcelona Program Allows Nurses to Finally Venture Abroad
This spring for the first time, students can stay in the nursing sequence while studying abroad for the semester.

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Record Number of Nursing Majors Interning this Spring
Even in an academic program that boasts a 100 percent job placement record, nursing seniors at Illinois Wesleyan are engaging in more direct patient care through internships to stand out in a competitive job market.

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Okuno-Jones '86 Named Advocate Health Care Vice President
School of Nursing Alumna Susan Okuno-Jones has been named vice president, nursing practice and innovation at Advocate Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Illinois.    

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Kerr Visits Capitol Hill with Nursing Delegation
Assistant Professor of Nursing Noël Kerr learned how to influence health-care policy at the national and local level during a recent Nurse in Washington Internship.

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Kerr, Searing Receive Nurse Educator Fellowships
Two School of Nursing faculty members have been awarded Nurse Educator Fellowships from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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School of Nursing Honored for Study Abroad Program
The School of Nursing has received an Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for its unique study abroad program.

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Miller '73 to Receive School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award
Joanne M. Miller '73 will be honored with the annual School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming festivities on Oct. 12.

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IWU Magazine Explores Journeys From Student to Nurse
While preparing for their profession, Illinois Wesleyan's nursing students explore a range of liberal arts experiences -- from studying abroad, to speaking in patients' native Spanish, to becoming soccer MVP.

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Nursing Students Study Abroad through Unique Program
Seven Illinois Wesleyan nursing majors are participating in a rare opportunity -- spending a semester abroad while still fulfilling their nursing program requirements.

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Lessen Receives Nurse Educator Fellowship
Wesleyan's Brenda Lessen was awarded a State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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Zenk '95 to be Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Professor, researcher and award-winning nurse Shannon N. Zenk '95 will be honored during this year's Homecoming activities.

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Jody Reyes '96 Leads Team at City of Hope
For Jody Reyes '96, a commitment to nursing has taken her to Iraq and Africa -- and now the City of Hope near Los Angeles, where she leads a team providing care to cancer patients.

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Students Seek to 'Catch Killers in Kenya'
Students have raised funds to employ a health practitioner in a coastal Kenyan community, also raising awareness of the burden of both infectious and chronic diseases in the region.

Koch '70 Named Interim Dean at Barnes-Jewish College
School of Nursing alumna Connie Koch '70 has been named interim dean for the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Since 2007, Koch has served as the Jack Taylor Associate Dean for Academic Programs for Barnes-Jewish College, where she oversees all aspects of academic program development and implementation.

Lundeen '69 Receives National Nursing Award
Sally P. Lundeen, professor and dean at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing, received the Dorothy Ford Buschmann Presidential Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) nursing honor society.

Gruber '62 Named Distinguished Alumna
The School of Nursing honored Alice (Schrader) Gruber '62 as the 2011 Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in Nursing during Homecoming activities.

Denise Wilson '78 Awarded Nurse Educator Fellowship
School of Nursing alumna Denise (Williams) Wilson, associate professor of nursing for Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, was awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, as was Illinois Wesleyan's Susan L. Swanlund.

Graduate Trains Cardiac Nurses in Iraq
School of Nursing alumna Molly King '03 traveled to northern Iraq to help train nurses at a local hospital in the post-operative care of cardiac patients.

Professor Awarded Nurse Educator Fellowship
Susan L. Swanlund received a State of Illinois Nurse Educator Fellowship, becoming the fourth Illinois Wesleyan faculty member to receive the honor since the fellowship program began four years ago.

Alumna Nets Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
School of Nursing graduate Shannon Zenk '95 won a competitive Nurse Faculty Scholar award from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for her studies of how social factors influence rates of obesity in vulnerable populations.

Kopan Named Outstanding Nursing Alumna
Karen Kopan '86 will be honored with the School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award during Homecoming activities.


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Jocelyn C. Martinez (center) was named the first recipient of a new endowed scholarship at the School of Nursing Convocation. She posed with Donna L. Hartweg, in whose honor the Donna L. Hartweg Endowed Student Leadership Award was established, and Illinois Wesleyan University President Richard F. Wilson. Read more.


New Endowment Funds Announced for School of Nursing
Two new endowment funds supporting the School of Nursing were announced as part of Transforming Lives: The Campaign for Illinois Wesleyan.

Alumna Honored with Gale Keeran Spirit of Success Award
School of Nursing alumna Barbara Nathan received the 2010 Gale Keeran Spirit of Success Award at the annual Women's Health Night in Bloomington.

Alumni Mark Celebration for 50th Anniversary of Nursing Degree
The University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its four-year nursing degree program with a day of events on campus on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Also from the 50th Anniversary:

School of Nursing Alumna Named Healthcare Executive of Year
Barbara Nathan '80 was named the 2009 Healthcare Executive of the Year by the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

Former School of Nursing Director to Retire
Caroline F. Rupert Professor of Nursing Donna Hartweg is retiring after 31 years at Illinois Wesleyan, including nearly 20 years as director of the School of Nursing.

Faculty, Alumni Fight Trend Threatening Health Care
School of Nursing faculty and alumni are working to address a critical shortage of nurses, which will worsen as aging Baby Boomers place more demand on the nation's health-care system.

Hartweg Receives Nurse Educator Award
Caroline F. Rupert Professor of Nursing Donna Hartweg will receive the 2009 Illinois Nurses Association Nurse Educator Award.

Alumna Receives Nursing Honor
Rear Admiral Denise Canton '74 has been selected as the 2009 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence.


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Visiting Instructor of Nursing Brenda Lessen and senior nursing students in the Epidemiology and Community Health Science course were recognized for the integral part Illinois Wesleyan nursing students played in the nursing care of a rural school population. The Academic-Community Partnership between the IWU School of Nursing and Ridgeview Elementary School in Colfax, Ill., contributed to Ridgeview being the first school in the state to earn the USDA Healthier U.S. Challenge Award. Ridgeview School Nurse Teresa Pratt worked with Lessen and the nursing students in coordinating a Body Walk Program for kindergarten through fifth-graders, and a six-week Sports Nutrition Challenge Course for seventh-graders.


Folse Named School of Nursing Director
Associate Professor of Nursing Vickie Folse has been named director of Illinois Wesleyan's School of Nursing, to succeed retiring director Donna Hartweg.


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Students in Assistant Professor of Nursing Susan Swanlund's class, "Nursing and Health Promotion," capped their semester's learning by sharing it with residents of Bloomington's Westminster Village Retirement Community. Above, Betty and Will Stevenson visit with Samantha Studzinski '11 about osteoarthritis.


Recent Graduate Joins Council at Mayo Clinic
Attracting hope for nursing's future with her passion for helping people and spirit of inquiry, Alissa Sherman '08 was invited to join a council working to shape the profession.

Distinguished Alumna Named Dean of Nursing in Tennessee
Wendy Nehring '79, Illinois Wesleyan's Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence in 2005, has been named dean of nursing at East Tennessee State University.

Professor Continues Fellowship Legacy
Associate Professor of Nursing Victoria Folse has been awarded a 2009 Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Center for Nursing, the third consecutive year Illinois Wesleyan faculty have been honored.

Nursing Students Host Spanish-Speaking Radio Show (from the Pantagraph)
Two nursing majors are co-hosting a new "RadioLatina" show on the student radio station, WESN.


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At the annual John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference, senior nursing major Alissa Sherman presented research about the health risks from hospitals' use of medical materials made from polyvinyl chlorine (PVC). Read a summary (pdf)


Nursing Alumna Honored
Public health nurse and epidemiologist Mary Ellen Simpson '91 was named the 2008 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence.

Nursing Major Finds True Calling (from the Morris Daily Herald)
After volunteering to provide medical care to residents of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward during Illinois Wesleyan's Alternative Spring Break, Erica Jensen '11 has decided to devote herself to community nursing.

Students to be Inducted Into Nursing Honor Society
Eight Illinois Wesleyan students will be inducted into the Theta Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society.

Nursing Alumna Brings Health, Hope to Honduran Children
As chief financial officer and volunteer coordinator for Global Healing's Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic in Honduras, Alice Gruber '62 is helping to heal and empower the population.

Managing Multiple Medicines: Learning From Those Who Succeed
A study by IWU nursing faculty suggests health care professionals can look at an older patient's lifestyle to understand whether they may be successful in managing their prescriptions.

Nursing Students Join in Women's Health Night
(From the Pantagraph) -- Sophomore nursing students Chelsie Black and Amanda Andreasik spoke at the 10th annual Women's Health Night.

Professor Releases New Edition of Top Nursing Book
The fifth edition of the most popular health assessment textbook in America, written by Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing Carolyn Jarvis, was recently released.

Nursing Faculty Member Awarded Fellowship
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship to Professor of Nursing Connie Dennis.


The (Bloomington, Ill.) Pantagraph reported on a McLean County Disaster Council Annual disaster preparedness drill. Katie Hoff (left) was among 15 IWU seniors who experienced what it is like to be a victim of a disaster and the importance of caring.
Pantagraph photo by Carlos T. Miranda

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Health Students Raise Funds for Fight Against Malaria
Students contributed to the international fight against malaria by raising more than $1,200 in a little over a week for the Nothing But Nets campaign.

Herring Named 2007 Distinguished Alumna
Former Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Wright Reuther Herring, class of 1970, was named the 2007 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence.

See photos of the Class of 2008 in Springfield for the Annual Illinois Nurses Association Political Action Day.

Nursing Faculty to Participate in Development Workshop
A faculty team from the School of Nursing has been selected through a national competition to participate in a series of education events to enhance the teaching of undergraduate public health education.

New Study Highlights Latina Perceptions of Health
Work by School of Nursing Director Donna Hartweg and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli-Garcia is bringing attention to the need to communicate about health care with Spanish-speaking immigrant women.

Metcalfe Receives Nurse Educator Fellowship Award
Associate Professor of Nursing Sharie Metcalfe was among 15 distinguished nurse educators from across Illinois selected by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to receive a Nurse Educator Fellowship Award in a program aimed at retaining well-qualified nursing faculty.

Hartweg Named to Illinois Center for Nursing Advisory Board
Donna Hartweg, director of the School of Nursing and the Caroline F. Rupert Professor of Nursing at IWU, was among 11 members appointed by Governor Rod Blagojevich to the Advisory Board of the new Illinois Center for Nursing, which will address the shortage of nursing manpower in the state.

Nursing Alumna Honored
Jean L. Heideman, class of '82, was honored as the 2006 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the School of Nursing Homecoming Brunch.

Nursing Faculty Present Research in South Africa
Sharie Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing, and Vickie Folse, assistant professor of nursing, will travel to South Africa in July 2006 to present their respective research projects at the 9th World Congress on Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory.

Student Gains Hands-On Experience in Nicaragua
Angel Arroyo, Class of 2006, joined a volunteer mission trip to Nicaragua, where he used his bilingual and nursing skills at make-shift clinics.

Student Lobbies for Nursing
Senior Emily Hejmanowski, a nursing major from New Lenox, Ill., spent the spring 2006 semester lobbying in Springfield for nurses' rights.

School of Nursing Provides Educational Excellence
The School of Nursing was featured in the Spring 2006 issue of the American Concierge Magazine.

Nursing Students Participate in Disaster Readiness Drill
The (Bloomington, Ill.) Pantagraph reported on a McLean County disaster readiness drill, which included participation by Illinois Wesleyan nursing students.

Nehring Named Distinguished Alumna for 2005
Wendy Nehring, class of '79, was named the 2005 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence during Homecoming events.

Nursing Professor Says Katrina's Psychological Health Effects Will Be Long-Term
Beyond the obvious, urgent health issues that faced Hurricane Katrina evacuees and relief workers, such a large-scale disaster will have both immediate and long-term psychological effects, says Cynthia Kerber, assistant professor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Nursing students offer breathalyzer screenings at downtown tavern
To raise awareness about drunk driving and the amount of alcohol it takes to reach legal limits, a group of Illinois Wesleyan University nursing students offered free breathalyzer screenings in downtown Bloomington.

Older Adults at Risk for Gambling Problems, Nursing Professor Says
As legal gambling options have become prevalent - from state-sponsored lotteries to popular riverboat casinos - a variety of factors combine to make older adults vulnerable to gambling addictions, according to Cindy Kerber, adjunct assistant professor of nursing.

Two Alumni Serve As Nurses in Iraq
Navy lieutenant Jody Shepard '96 and Army Captain Brian Gegel '94 saved lives and made history as nurses in Iraq.

School of Nursing Alum Offers New Health Care Options as Nurse Midwife
Darryn Dunbar, a 1990 graduate of the School of Nursing and a practicing certified nurse-midwife, was featured in the Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine.