Ann L. Eckhardt, PhD, RN
Associate Professor of Nursing and Deloris Helsley Ascher Endowed Associate Professor
Ann L. Eckhardt received a B.S.N. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003 and her
Ph.D. in September 2012 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011, Dr. Eckhardt
was a teaching assistant for a number of graduate and undergraduate courses at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Eckhardt continues to work at Carle Foundation
Hospital where she began her nursing career in 2003. Her nursing experience includes
three years in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit where she cross trained to Surgical/Trauma
and Neonatal Intensive Care. For the past ten years, she has worked as an Administrative
House Officer. Dr. Eckhardt’s dissertation research, “Fatigue as a symptom of coronary
heart disease,” was funded by Sigma Theta Tau International and the Midwest Nursing
Research Society. Her dissertation research uses a mixed methods approach to study
this complex symptom. Dr. Eckhardt has published qualitative and quantitative articles
in the areas of coronary artery bypass surgery and heart disease symptomatology, and
is engaged in international research.
Honors and Memberships
Dr. 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.
Dr. Eckhardt's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)