2009
Master's in nursing program director presented prestigious fellowship award

Master's in nursing program director presented prestigious fellowship award
December 15, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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pbrozynski@ben.edu

Bonnie Beardsley, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of Nursing and Health and director of the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program at Benedictine University, was named a recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship at the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) board meeting December 8. “This award is recognition of the outstanding work Bonnie does in preparing a future generation of nursing leaders,” said Don Taylor, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Benedictine University. “We are all very proud of all her accomplishments and the job she has done in building our online M.S.N. program.” The Nurse Educator Fellowship Program was established in 2006 to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing. Fellowship funds are salary supplements that may be used for expenses related to professional development and continuing education. An applicant must be an Illinois resident and have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing; be employed in a full-time nursing faculty position at an eligible institution; have been employed by the nominating institution in a teaching position preparing registered nurses for a minimum of 12 months; and have made significant contributions to the nursing program. Beardsley is one of 18 fellowship recipients announced by the IBHE. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 award. Fellows were selected from a group of nominees by an independent external review process and met the qualifications set forth in the Nurse Educator Fellowship Act. “This is a well deserved honor and testament to Bonnie’s professional excellence and stature in the Illinois nursing community,” said Ethel Ragland, Ed.D., Nursing and Health department chair at Benedictine University.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.