Metcalfe Receives Nurse Educator Fellowship Award
February 2, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Sharie Metcalfe, associate professor of nursing at Illinois Wesleyan
University, was among 15 distinguished nurse educators from across Illinois selected
by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to receive a Nurse Educator Fellowship
Award in a program aimed at retaining well-qualified nursing faculty.
The $10,000 fellowship award will support expenses related to professional development
and continuing education. As part of the fellowship, Metcalfe will collaborate with
the IBHE and the Illinois Center for Nursing, which was formed by the state last year
to address a shortage of nurses and nursing faculty in the state.
In her application for the fellowship, Metcalfe said, "In this era of change and new
purposes in professional nursing, educators of nurses have the responsibility of defining
new goals and outcomes in our educational process-I want to be a part of this future."
Toward this goal, she is participating in the development of a new curriculum at Illinois
Wesleyan's School of Nursing.
"It is challenges such as these that invigorate my commitment to nursing education,"
she said. "My involvement in ... the exploration of the nursing shortage has intensified
my belief that nursing education shares the responsibility for generating enthusiasm
for nursing and commitment to the profession."
Metcalfe plans to use the fellowship funds to attend national or international programs
and workshops, with the intent of developing clinical simulations and using technology
to improve student learning and enhance positive experiences in the hospital setting.
Her additional goals are to develop creative teaching strategies that generate a commitment
to evidence-based practice as an essential aspect of professional nursing, and to
identify pragmatic approaches to using data at the undergraduate level to meet Institute
of Medicine recommendations on nursing knowledge to promote safety in care.
Donna Hartweg, the Caroline F. Rupert professor of nursing and director of the School
of Nursing, nominated Metcalfe for the fellowship, noting her dedication and leadership
in teaching, scholarship and community service. During Metcalfe's 28 years at the
School of Nursing, she has chaired accreditation committees and curricular development
initiatives and has twice served as acting director. Working with the U.S. Agency
for International Development and the Bloomington/Normal Sister Cities Board, she
has been an international speaker in the sister city of Vladimir, Russia, assisting
nursing leadership to improve nursing education in Russia-service projects that Hartweg
said have enriched Metcalfe's teaching at IWU. This international interest also led
Metcalfe to develop a semester-long study abroad program in the School of Nursing's
new curriculum. Metcalfe received an internal Curriculum Development Grant to fund
a trip to Madrid in 2006 as part of the initiative to promote linguistic skills and
cultural competence in nursing graduates.
Contact: Ann Aubry, (309) 556-3181