BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Nursing Lydia
Bertschi has been selected as a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders
Award from the Illinois Nurses Foundation.
Bertschi is the third member of the School of Nursing faculty to be chosen for this
honor, now in its third year. Winners were chosen by a panel of their peers based
on their achievement in the profession, leadership, and community and association
A 2005 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan’s School of Nursing, Bertschi earned a Doctor
of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her previous work
includes nursing in critical care at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington,
and in pulmonology and intensivist services at UnityPoint Health – Methodist.
She has been active in humanitarian and medical relief for Haiti since 1998, serving
as volunteer medical team coordinator for Hospital Lumiere in Bonne Fin, Haiti, since
2013. She is currently researching the identification of cardiovascular risk factors
through health screening clinics at a rural Haiti hospital. This research will provide
transformational research opportunities for IWU nursing students, said Vickie Folse,
School of Nursing Director and Caroline F. Rupert Endowed Chair of Nursing, in recommending
"Dr. Bertschi’s ongoing commitment to expanding her research internationally as well
as involving undergraduate students in her research strongly positions her to be a
leading nursing scholar that will impact current and future generation of nurses,"
Folse said. "Her selfless service also serves as a model of interprofessional collaboration
for our students."
Bertschi is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the American Association
of Critical Care Nurses, and serves as Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Pi Chapter.
Previous recipients of the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader distinction at Illinois
Wesleyan were assistant professors of nursing Ann Eckhardt (2016) and Amanda Hopkins
(2015). This year's winners will be honored at a Sept. 14 event in Chicago.