Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce John D. Lundeen, EdD, RN, CNE, has been selected for the fifteenth class of fellows to be inducted into the prestigious National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Lundeen will join nineteen distinguished nurse educators in the 2021 induction ceremony at the Honors Convocation on Saturday, September 25, during the 2021 NLN Education Summit. Fellows represent a prominent list of leading nurse educators affiliated with top-ranked teaching hospitals, academic institutions, and other organizations committed to advancing the quality of health care in the U.S. and globally.
As Program Director for the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Galen College of Nursing, Dr. Lundeen leads the development and implementation of the MSN Nurse Educator and Nursing and Healthcare Leadership programs. Drawing from his extensive experience in nursing education, Dr. Lundeen ensures the Galen curriculum prepares graduates to teach in academic settings through scholarly inquiry and leadership. His focus is helping transform nursing education and development in clinical settings, as well as support and direct faculty development.
“Since joining Galen in 2019, John has been a tremendous asset to our online MSN program and we are thrilled his accomplishments and thought leadership is being recognized by the NLN. His steadfast commitment to the continuous growth and professional development of nursing is prevalent in everything he touches at our institution,” Galen’s CEO Mark Vogt said. “This honor is reserved for some of the most esteemed educators in nursing, and we’re so proud that John is helping change the lives of our MSN students seeking career advancement in nursing education and leadership. Well deserved!”
Before his appointment at Galen, Dr. Lundeen was an associate professor and nurse anesthesia simulation coordinator in the Ida Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was on faculty for 11 years. At Samford, Dr. Lundeen had the opportunity to teach in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs. He also taught in the DNP program and served as chair of the school’s Faculty Development Committee and co-chair of the university’s ad hoc Committee on Faculty Assessment.
In addition to his faculty role, Dr. Lundeen has served at the national level as a Governor-at-Large on the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Board of Governors since 2014. Previously, he served as a member of the CNE Certification Commission and as chair of the CNE Test Development Committee. As a scholar, he has published articles on evaluation and certification. Most recently, Dr. Lundeen contributed a chapter to the NLN’s Clinical Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-Based Practice for Academic Clinical Nurse Educators.
The Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators. In a competitive application process, the Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel takes into account applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy initiatives that advance nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships. For more information, visit NLN.org.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Audria Denker, DNP, RN for her election as Director Southeast Region by the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) for a two-year term.
OADN serves as the national advocate for the over 1,200 associate degree nursing programs across the country with the focus to advance excellence in nursing education and community college pathways into registered nursing careers. OADN is the only organization that advocates for associate degree nursing at the national level by using a collective voice to continue delivering opportunities for nurse educators, as faculty and leaders. Dr. Denker’s responsibilities as Director Southeast Region include the development and implementation of OADN’s strategic plan, and serving as a board liaison to southeast US healthcare communities and workgroups, and OADN member nursing programs.
In addition to her appointment with OADN, Dr. Denker has been appointed as an alternate member for a three-year term to the NCLEX® Examination Committee by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors beginning on October 1, 2021. The responsibilities related to this appointment include advising the Board of Directors on matters related to the NCLEX® examination process, including examination item development, security, administration, and quality assurance to ensure consistency with the Member Board’s need for examinations, and develop NCLEX® prototype items that use technology-enhanced item types focused on measuring clinical decision making/judgment.
Dr. Denker joined Galen College of Nursing in 2005 after several decades of experience in clinical practice and healthcare management. She currently serves as Executive Vice President of Nursing (EVP). In her current position, she is responsible for day-to-day program operations, staffing and workload, clinical operations, simulation, and student support; as well as additional academic responsibilities for campus expansions in partnership with Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA). During her tenure as EVP, all prelicensure RN programs obtained ACEN programmatic accreditation and all program pass rates have exceeded state and national averages.
Dr. Denker is an active leader in numerous civic and charitable organizations and holds a Kentucky Governor-appointed position on the Executive Committee of the Kentucky Board of Nursing since 2018. Dr. Denker received the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Pikeville (Kentucky) College (now the University of Pikeville), and the Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce Tracy A. Ortelli, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health and will contribute their collective expertise to the Academy by engaging with health leaders, nationally and globally, to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference on October 7-9, 2021.
“This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a nurse, and it’s no surprise to me or any one of our colleagues that Dr. Ortelli was selected by the American Academy of Nursing. Throughout her tenure at the College, Tracy has continued to raise our standard of academic excellence,” exclaimed Mark Vogt, Galen College of Nursing CEO. “This honor is a first for a Galen College of Nursing, and I’m thrilled to congratulate Tracy for this incredible milestone in an already distinguished career.”
Dr. Ortelli’s leadership in assessment and evaluation has been the focus of her work, research, and publications. She led the development of the NLNs Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) program and published seminal research on the performance of candidates who took the CNE examination. Her research has catalyzed other scholars. She was also a co-author of the seminal work, The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (National League for Nursing, 2005), which was the first monograph to define the history, values and beliefs, theoretical framework, scope, competencies, and standards of academic nursing education practice. Application of her expertise in assessment and evaluation was incorporated in her current role at Galen, where she established a college-wide, scalable assessment process that informed curriculum and faculty development, led to significant, sustained improvement in first-time NCLEX® pass rates, and facilitated program expansion.
Dr. Ortelli is the current president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, which received the National League for Nursing (NLN) Constituent League Excellence in Innovation Award in 2020. She is also the coordinator for the AJNs Nursing Resources column and is an inducted member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Academy of Nursing Education. She received her BSN from The Ohio State University, her MS from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
This year’s conference and induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate either in-person (at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC) or virtually. Learn more about the Academy and visit the hybrid policy conference website for more details.
Galen College of Nursing, one of the largest educators of nurses in the United States, continues its mission to expand access to quality nursing education with the announcement of a new campus in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to Miami, FL and Austin, TX, this is the third new campus opening since Galen joined HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) in 2020 to become a premier career destination for nurses while helping the nation’s increasing nursing workforce needs.
The 47,700-square-foot campus features resources designed to elevate the student experience and prepare future nurses to enter the field. Solely focused on nursing education, Galen prepares a diverse population of students to become nurses who deliver quality, compassionate care. Galen will bring one of the highest levels of nursing education to the greater Nashville community with a state-of-the-art facility featuring patient simulation labs and classroom learning environments designed to encourage hands-on learning. Galen’s student support model has helped thousands of students enter the profession with consistently high NCLEX pass rates.
“We are thrilled to bring our 30 years of experience exclusively educating nurses to the community and look forward to providing new opportunities to those called to nursing in the Nashville area,” said Mark Vogt, Galen’s Chief Executive Officer. Continued Vogt, “At Galen, we are uniquely positioned to help expand the pipeline of qualified nurses in Nashville and committed to supporting quality healthcare delivery across the country.”
Bryan Sisk, Chief Nursing Executive, TriStar Health, added, “We are excited to work with Galen to help recruit more prospective nursing students who will go on to expand and enhance our community workforce. With this Academic Practice Partnership, we can also work together to bridge the education to practice gap, all designed to provide the best patient care possible.”
Located at 1100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Fourth Floor, the Nashville campus is designed to cultivate learning with advanced classroom and simulation technology mixed with collaborative and creative space. Created with students in mind, the campus environment reflects a high-quality education approach and an expression of commitment to students and the community at large. The Nashville campus will offer three programs, including:
- 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
- Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge (LPN to ADN Bridge)
The first term for all three programs is scheduled to start January 3rd. Enrollment is now open. In addition, Galen offers online RN to BSN and MSN programs for nurses aspiring to advance their education in support of career growth and development.
Virtual and in-person admissions appointments can be scheduled by calling (877) 223-7040 or go online to galencollege.edu.
We are pleased to announce the Pearl Clinic is now located at our Louisville campus!
Available to all Galen faculty, staff, and students, this permanent on-campus feature is designed to be a convenient and valuable resource to help everyone in the Galen family stay healthy and safe. Located in room 336, the Pearl Clinic is equipped to provide vaccinations and titers. Out-of-pocket expenses may vary.
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
By appointment only
Call 502-410-6506 to schedule
DAILY COVID PCR TESTS ARE ALSO NOW AVAILABLE
The Pearl Clinic will also provide access to daily COVID-19 PCR tests to all Galen faculty, staff, and students. This test detects the virus’s genetic material using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Results are available in 48-72 hours. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins welcome!
For questions, please contact the Pearl Clinic at 502-410-6506
Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Dr. Audria Denker has been appointed Vice President of the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). Denker currently serves as Executive Vice President of Prelicensure Nursing for the college where she leads day-to-day prelicensure program operations and student support across all campuses.
A member of the KBN since July 1, 2018, Dr. Denker will continue to apply her extensive leadership experience in clinical practice, healthcare management, and nursing education to the appointment as Vice President. Her appointment as Vice President begins July 1, 2021, and runs through June 30, 2022.
Mark Vogt, Chief Executive Officer for Galen College of Nursing noted, “Dr. Denker exemplifies the leadership quality and talent found at Galen, and it is a thrill to see her advance at the KBN. This adds another notch to her already impressive and notable career. We couldn’t be more blessed to have her represent the Galen family and our dedication to excellence.”
The Board of Nursing is composed of 16 gubernatorial appointees representing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, nursing education, long-term care, and the public at large. The Board approves programs of nursing and regulates and controls the licensing and conduct of nurses within the Commonwealth.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on behalf of all nurse professionals in Kentucky. The growth of our industry – especially in the state – and innovation in nursing care has never been more important,” Denker said. “I am looking forward to working with our incredible team of experts on the Board to help stimulate Kentucky’s quality nursing workforce, improve care, and protect the well-being of the public.”
Galen College of Nursing is proud to announce that its baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN program) has been awarded an extension of its programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 2031. Accreditation from the CCNE confirms Galen’s BSN program, including the Prelicensure Option and online RN to BSN Option, meets the highest nursing education standards.
Dr. Kathy Burlingame, Dean of the online RN to BSN Option, remarked, “The reaffirmation of Galen’s BSN program accreditation by the CCNE is a testament to the faculty and staff’s ongoing, explementary work. Now, more than ever, there is a significant need for nurses equipped with the tools to thrive in an ever-changing healthcare environment. I am very proud of the team’s work and external validation of the program’s quality, as the faculty educate and empower nurses to lead and provide exceptional patient care.”
As part of the review process, Galen’s BSN program was evaluated using the rigorous and comprehensive CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). At its May 2021 meeting, the CCNE Board of Commissioners determined that Galen’s program met all accreditation standards. This recognition speaks to the quality and integrity of Galen’s BSN program and helps support the College’s position as a leading educator of compassionate, well-prepared, and successful professional nurses.
Galen’s BSN program includes a Prelicensure Option designed to prepare students for a rewarding career in nursing in three years or less. This program option features engaging coursework with an emphasis on hands-on learning that prepares new nurses for the NCLEX-RN®. Galen also offers an online RN to BSN Option, designed to meet the needs of practicing nurses. Registered Nurses (RN) who pursue this option can earn their BSN in as little as 16 months. With 8-week courses, the opportunity to begin the program six times each year, and mobile-friendly coursework, RN to BSN students have the flexibility to grow professionally and meet the evolving needs of the healthcare system – all while maintaining their current job.
Dr. Audria Denker, Executive VP of Nursing at Galen, added, “We are so very proud of the work we do at Galen. The reaffirmation from CCNE further demonstrates our commitment to our students and to provide a quality educational experience.”
For more details on the accreditation of Galen’s programs, please visit https://galencollege.edu/about-galen/accreditation.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Galen College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
For the fourth year in a row, Galen College of Nursing has been named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Kentucky, in the large employer category. This is the 17th annual award given by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM), and ClearPath Mutual Insurance Company.
“This honor could not have been achieved without our incredible group of Galen employees who, day in and day out, help create a work environment that lives up to our mission of excellence. We are honored for this recognition in our home state and are proud to make the list for the third year in a row,” said Galen’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Vogt. “Galen has now been recognized in every state we have a campus, including Florida, Ohio, and Texas. We couldn’t be prouder for this achievement as we continue to expand and grow.”
The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of employee policies and procedures, and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Mark Vogt added. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Kentucky-based employees who participated in the survey process. With your feedback, we will continue to focus our culture on creating a great place to work and to learn.”
For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com
Galen College of Nursing, one of the largest educators of nurses in the United States, continues its mission to expand access to quality nursing education with the announcement of a new campus in Austin, Texas. In addition to Miami, Florida, this is the second new campus opening since Galen became part of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) in 2020 to become a premier career destination for nurses while helping the nation’s increasing nursing workforce needs. HCA Healthcare is Austin-based St. David’s HealthCare’s national partner.
The 26,000-square-foot campus features resources designed to elevate the student experience and prepare future nurses to enter the field. Solely focused on nursing education, Galen prepares a diverse population of students to become nurses who deliver quality, compassionate care. In partnership with HCA Healthcare—the national partner of St. David’s HealthCare, Galen will bring one of the highest levels of nursing education to the Austin region with a state-of-the-art facility featuring advanced patient simulation labs and classroom learning environments designed to encourage hands-on learning. Galen’s student support model has helped thousands of students enter the profession with consistently high NCLEX pass rates.
“We are thrilled to bring our 30 years of experience exclusively educating nurses to the community and look forward to providing new opportunities to those called to nursing in the Austin area,” said Mark Vogt, Galen’s Chief Executive Officer. Continued Vogt, “At Galen, we are uniquely positioned to help expand the pipeline of qualified nurses in Austin and are committed to helping stem the nursing shortage threatening the delivery of quality care across the country.”
“Through our national partner, HCA Healthcare, we are excited to work with Galen to help recruit more prospective nursing students who will go on to expand and enhance our community workforce,” David Huffstutler, president, and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “With this Academic Practice Partnership, we can also work together to bridge the education-to-practice gap, providing the best patient care possible.”
Located at 1201 W. Louis Henna Blvd., the Austin campus is designed to cultivate learning with advanced classroom and simulation technology mixed with collaborative and creative space. Created with students in mind, the campus environment reflects a high-quality education approach and an expression of commitment to students and the community at large. The Austin campus will offer three programs, including:
- 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Vocational Nursing (VN) Program
- Licensed Vocational Nursing to Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge (LVN to ADN Bridge)
The first term for the 3-year BSN and LVN to ADN Bridge programs will begin September 30 and the first term for the VN programs is scheduled to start January 3. Enrollment is currently in progress. In addition, Galen offers online RN to BSN and MSN programs for nurses aspiring to advance their education in support of career growth and development.
Galen College of Nursing recently launched a new award to recognize the nurses who demonstrate excellence, compassion, and professionalism during the clinical education of Galen students. Named the Clinical Nurse Education Award (CNEA), this high honor is given during Nurses Week from May 6th – May 12th to compliment the spirit of the week’s celebration and recognition of the vital nursing community.
We are thrilled to announce that Lauren English, RN has been named the CNEA winner at our Cincinnati campus! Lauren is a staff RN on Jewish Hospital’s 5th floor, a neuro specialty. When she realized she was the person being honored, she was so touched that it brought tears to her eyes and a huge smile to her face. During the award presentation, Lauren’s manager summed up Lauren’s exceptional character and humble spirit by stating, “Lauren would say she was just doing her job as educating our future nurses.”
Lauren was nominated by Galen nursing student, Janelle Johnson. In her nomination essay, Janelle wrote,
“During my last day of clinical Lauren made my experience at Jewish Hospital an enjoyable experience all around. She was extremely welcoming and easy to talk to with her upbeat and easy-going personality. Her focus was to show and include me in what my role as a nurse would be like. During the shift, I made a couple of small errors…Lauren never criticized me the entire shift. Lauren reassured me that it is common and that I would learn over time, which helped my anxiety decrease. Whatever question I had; she had an answer for it. She also showed amazing compassion for all her patients equally and showed quality bedside care. The great qualities she has as a nurse is something that can’t be taught, she a natural and makes it look easy. I hope I can work with her in the future.”
Supportive student experiences in the clinical setting enhance learning and are invaluable to our students’ success. Galen College of Nursing highly values and appreciates the support of our healthcare partner staff nurses and is pleased to recognize nurses who go above and beyond to educate our students and future nurses. All CNEA nominations are submitted by Galen students in any nursing program, and at any level. To learn more about our annual award and the criteria for consideration, visit https://galencollege.edu/cnea.