FAYETTE, Iowa (February 7, 2014) — Upper Iowa University has announced that Virginia Wangerin, RN, PhDc, MSN, CNE, has been named director of nursing education and chair of the UIU Department of Nursing.
Wangerin, from Des Moines, Iowa, is an educator, consultant and speaker with over 30 years' experience in nursing. She has been a bedside nurse, educator, administrator and community volunteer. Prior to joining Upper Iowa University in July 2011 as assistant professor of nursing at the UIU-Des Moines Center, she was an adjunct instructor in the UIU RN-to-BSN program.
Wangerin previously led the Des Moines Area Community College nursing program through significant growth and success until 2007. She has also taught at the BSN and graduate level. Wangerin, who was president of the Iowa Nurses Association from 2007 to 2011, spends time advocating for nursing and healthcare issues at the state and national level. She was invited by Senator Tom Harkin to join him at the National Press Club in May 2009 where she talked about Chronic Disease - Impact on Health Care. She served on the Governor's Nursing Task Force in 2008 and the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control from 2002-2007 and several statewide nursing taskforces impacting practice and nursing regulation.
As a leader in the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Coalition, she was instrumental in activities furthering nursing practice and education in the state. In October 2011 she was honored by the Iowa Nurses Association with the Edith Ruppert Award, in recognition of having contributed significantly to the improvement of nursing and the professional organization.
"UIU is fortunate to have Ginny leading our RN-BSN program at a time when highly trained nurses are in high demand and the UIU program is expanding to meet the professional development needs of today's nurses," said Scott Figdore, dean of the UIU School of Science and Mathematics. "Ginny brings the program her expertise both from first-hand knowledge of patient care and evidence-based practice as well as from being at the forefront of nursing administration, education and advocacy. We look forward to her leadership."
The RN-BSN program at UIU provides registered nurses with the coursework and experience necessary to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree, which more and more health care organizations and institutions are requiring. UIU offers the RN-BSN program on its Fayette campus and at UIU Centers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and in Mesa, Ariz. The UIU program is also offered at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. The RN-BSN program is also offered completely online. For information, call 800-533-4150.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to more than 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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