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Heartland’s Susan Carl named Nurse Educator Fellow

July 10, 2019

Heartland Community College Associate Professor Susan Carl has received a 2019 Nurse Educator Fellowship, awarded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center (INWC) Advisory Board.   

Carl, MSN, RN, is one of nineteen recipients of the 2019 fellowship, which is funded by the state. Recipients of the Nurse Education Fellowship are awarded $10,000 to help promote excellence in nursing education. Carl is using the award to pursue her Nurse Practitioner certification.

“I have been working toward my post-masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP-C) for a little over a year now. With this fellowship I was able to quit my second job and focus more on teaching nursing at Heartland,” said Carl. “This is a very special honor I have received from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. I am truly humbled and grateful.”

The Fellowship was established to help provide resources to train more highly-skilled nurses in Illinois by retaining qualified faculty.

“We are grateful to state lawmakers, who funded this program in recognition of the many benefits it provides to the educators, their colleges and universities, and their students,” said Nyle Robinson, interim executive director of IBHE. “The list of projects, research, and plans for additional degrees and certifications that this group is pursuing is beyond impressive.”

The Heartland Community College Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Admission is selective, and is offered annually to new students who qualify. Advanced Placement is also available for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Written by: Steve Fast