Nursing and Health Professions hosts graduate network event

College of Nursing and Health Professions hosts graduate network meeting

Published: July 3, 2014.

Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions recently held an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Graduate Education Practice Leaders’ Network Meeting for graduate students and healthcare professionals.

The event was for networking with colleagues in healthcare practice and to gather information about competencies needed by MSN and DNP graduates for contemporary practice; to strengthen the links between education and practice; and to create innovative education-practice collaborative relationships.

Attendees of the meeting experienced an overview of the graduate program at Lewis University, followed by table discussions with all participants. The table discussions covered what trends and issues are currently occurring in practice that should shape graduate education, how the educational system can enhance practice and visions for the role of nurse leaders in the future.

The following healthcare institutions were represented at the event: Advocate Christ Medical Center, Cadence Health—Delnor Hospital, Edward Hospital, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Residential Home Health and Rush-Copley Medical Center.

Lewis University faculty from the College of Nursing and Health Professions involved in the event included Dr. Peggy Rice, dean and professor; Dr. Suling Li, associate dean for graduate students and faculty scholarship; Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, associate professor; Dr. Stacie Elder, associate professor; Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, associate professor; Cynthia Hinojosa, nurse practitioner program coordinator; Dr. Michele Kramer, assistant professor; Tricia Littig, assistant professor; Maureen McCormick, assistant professor; Sheila McGreal, assistant professor; Dr. Anne Porter, associate professor; Dr. Daisy Sherry, assistant professor; Darlie Simerson, assistant professor; Dr. Jan Smith, professor; Linda Steffens, instructor; Dr. Gwen Svoboda, professor; Kathleen Ulivi, instructor; and Vicky Weidling, instructor.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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