Jackie Ganser will receive a Future Nursing Leader Award from the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) during Spring pinning ceremony which will be held in Schofield Auditorium at 11:15 a.m. on May 21st. Associate Professor, Norah Airth-Kindree, DNP, RN, nominated Jackie based on her leadership qualities, scholarly activities, and willingness to help other students throughout her nursing education program. For example, earlier this month, Jackie was the peer facilitator at two presentations that led her cohort through a HESI NCLEX Review Session hosted by the Prelicensure Academic Success Coordinator.
The award includes a one-year free membership to the WNA and the American Nurses Association (ANA). ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's four million registered nurses; as a constituent member, WNA provides the same service for Wisconsin’s RNs. In addition to complimentary membership, Jackie will also be given the opportunity to serve as a member on one of WNA’s three councils: Public Policy, Workforce Advocacy, and Nursing Practice & Quality, Education and Research (Tri-Council).
About her award, Jackie stated, "My time with the UW-Eau Claire Nursing program has been pivotal in guiding me to become the leader I have, specifically working with Dr. Norah Airth-Kindree, Dr. Debra Hoffman, and Lindsay Crepeau on the Brain and Body Fitness project for Alzheimer’s Disease research. Catherine Wildenberg has been a wonderful resource as well and assisted the organization of the NCLEX/HESI Prep times for my cohort and myself. I look forward to being able to utilize these leadership skills with the Wisconsin Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association, along with my personal practice as a healthcare provider.
Faculty were also acknowledged by Ganser, "A special thank you to Dr. Norah Airth-Kindree for mentoring me and nominating me for this award, and Dr. Debra Jansen for her role in advising and helping me find leadership opportunities as a freshman and sophomore that I was able to build upon."
Upon graduation, Jackie will be employed as a Registered Nurse at a Level 2 Trauma Center.
For more information about the Future Nursing Leader Awards please visit the Wisconsin Nurses Association.