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Excellence honored

| Jan Adams

Melissa Boellaard, MSN, RN celebrates Excellence Award with Linda Young, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE, College of Nursing and Health Science Dean during the College's opening meeting.

Melissa Boellaard, MSN, RN clinical agency coordinator in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences was presented an Excellence in Performance Award for Administrative and Professional Academic Staff during the Blugold Breakfast, Aug. 26.

Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Eau Claire and graduated Magna Cum Laude in December, 2000. In 2005, she graduated from UW-Eau Claire with her Master of Science degree. She began teaching as a clinical instructor in 2005 while maintaining a part-time hospital based practice. In July, 2013, Melissa assumed a full time position in the Department of Nursing as Clinical Agency Coordinator.

Melissa's work with more than 300 agencies ensures that undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity for meaningful clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare settings. She provides a single point of contact for clinical and community health partners which assures them that placing the UW-Eau Claire nursing student in their setting will be a positive experience for the student as well as the facility. Assistant Professor, Arin Van Wormer, PhD, RN said that due to the connections Melissa has formed, "community partners now feel that they are in a true partnership with the university." Professor Cheryl Brandt, PhD, RN echoed that sentiment, stating, "Ms. Boellaard has become the 'face' of the Department and College to many of our clinical partners, and she wears that designation with professionalism and grace." Melissa also has a deep understanding of complex administrative processes and regulatory requirements that drive today's healthcare environment and effectively shares this information with the student nurses and placement facility to ensure a high quality and frustration-free experience for both.

Beyond her administrative responsibilities, Melissa still values her time as a nurse scholar and continues to participate in a research and writing team that she joined in 2010 while she worked as a clinical instructor. As of date, she has contributed to two research studies, one educational improvement project, and publication of one book chapter, four journal articles, and several professional presentations.

For more information see the campus article.