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Nursing Program Advisory Board

Nursing Program Advisory Board

The Kaskaskia College Nursing Programs recently held its annual advisory committee meeting in the LLC building on Kaskaskia College’s campus.

The Nursing Advisory Committee for the Kaskaskia College Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Associate Degree Nursing programs consists of representatives from various academic and clinical agencies whose purpose is to provide thoughtful input to the nursing programs. The group represented currently enrolled associate degree nursing students, nursing faculty, dual credit nursing assistant instructors from area high schools, long-term care and acute-care employers, and institutions offering advanced nursing degrees.

The group received an update about the EMT/Paramedic, CNA, LPN, and ADN programs. The update included current enrollment in campus and dual-credit courses, 2016 NCLEX pass rates for LPN and RN graduates, ADN retention rates, and ADN graduate survey results. After breakout sessions with associate degree nursing students, members shared their perspectives about admission, progression and retention of nursing students. This information will be used by the faculty to enhance the nursing programs.

Pictured are those in attendance. 1st row - Laura Foerster, McKendree MSN student; Angie Murray, SSM; Kelli Stover, SSM; Kelli Whittington, McKendree University; Joby Glenn, Good Samaritan Hospital; Amanda Finley, Doctor’s Nursing and Rehab; Tracey Dewalt, Faith Countryside Nursing Home; Karen Muench, KC Interim Associate Dean of Nursing; Georgia Miller, Bryan Manor; Marci Barth, Fayette Co Hospital; Donna Cole, Fayette Co Hospital. 2nd row - Jan Rittenhouse, Central High School; Erin Oehmke, Murray Center; Lisa Marcum, Murray Center; Hannah Wilhelm, KC Nursing Student; Emily VanUytven, KC Nursing Student; Tonia Balint, KC Nursing Student; KC Root, KC Nursing Faculty; Lisa Canady, Hitz Memorial Health Care; Lucinda Spencer, KC Nursing Faculty; Rebecca McElhose, KC Nursing Faculty; Kim Storm, KC Nursing Faculty; Tessa Opfer, KC Nursing Faculty; Shannon Kalmer, KC Nursing Faculty; Janet Garretson, Retired KC Nursing Faculty; Natalie Ibendahl, KC Nursing Faculty; Michelle Blomberg, Salem High School; Mandy Krydynski, Sandoval High School.

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