BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Nursing Ann Eckhardt has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders
Award. Sponsored by the Illinois Nurses Foundation, the award honors 40 Illinois nurses
under the age of 40 on the basis of their achievements in the profession, leadership
and community and association involvement.
Eckhardt is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
She earned a Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her dissertation
research on fatigue as a symptom of coronary heart disease was funded by Sigma Theta
Tau International and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She has also published
several journal articles on coronary artery bypass surgery and heart disease symptomatology.
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan, Eckhardt served as a teaching assistant
at UIC. She continues to work at Carle Foundation Hospital where she began her nursing
career in 2003. Eckhardt is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Midwest Nursing
Research Society, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Council for the Advancement of Nursing
Science, American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Heart Association.
This is the second year the Illinois Nurses Foundation has sponsored the 40 Under
40 Emerging Nurse Leaders Award. Illinois Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Nursing
Amanda Hopkins was honored with the award last year.