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Heartland’s Kara Richardson named Nurse Educator Fellow

March 19, 2021

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

Richardson, MSN, RN, is a recipient of the 2021 fellowship, which is funded by the state. Recipients of the Nurse Education Fellowship are awarded $10,000 to help promote excellence in nursing education. 

“Kara is an exceptionally talented nurse educator. She is innovative, creative, and well-loved by students who appreciate her warmth and support,” said Jennifer O’Connor, Dean of Health Sciences and Director of Nursing. “Some of the most exciting work Kara is doing helping develop our simulation program. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak she developed a fantastic OB hemorrhage simulation which provides much-needed training experience for a very pressing problem nurses face with obstetrics complications.” 

Richardson has been with Heartland Community College since 2018. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing, she currently teaches theory and lab components of the Fundamentals of Nursing and Nursing Care: Chronic Adult, and Family Health. She also teaches labs for Mental Health, and several levels of Nurse Care Concepts. 

Richardson also is a practicing Emergency nurse with over 10 years’ experience.  She is currently working in the ER at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln as her Heartland schedule allows. 

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

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