Dr. Nancy Bellucci is a familiar face in a new role as the Program Director of the Online RN to BSN at Galen College of Nursing. She has been a member of Galen’s faculty since November 2016. Before becoming the Program Director, Dr. Bellucci served as course lead faculty and chair of the Online RN to BSN Program Evaluation Committee. Dr. Bellucci said she will mentor and help nurses “build upon their skills and identify their gifts.” She detailed how the program will enhance nurses’ careers.
Where did you start your career?
I started on the medical-surgical floor in a hospital in southern New Jersey. From there, I became an operating room nurse and then a manager in clinical education, which lead me here as a member of academia.
What attracted you to Galen?
I was referred by someone who retired as an academic administrator, and she suggested that I apply for an adjunct position. I had been working at a number of other online programs at the time. When a full-time position opened, I interviewed for the position and became a full-time member of the faculty of the Online RN to BSN program.
How will students benefit from the Online RN to BSN program?
It serves as an excellent pathway to becoming a professional nurse, by way of all the different courses we offer in the program. It also serves as a great platform for a student to begin thinking about a master’s level education. All of the courses we offer in the Online RN to BSN program serve as the foundational platform for students to think about themselves, not only as a registered nurse, but also how they can impact society by being involved in policy and procedure changes, identifying challenges, and providing solutions that will benefit patients and the workplace. The program is designed to help the students achieve their goals in an ever-changing healthcare setting.
What are some of the responsibilities for your role?
First and foremost, I am a mentor. I think it is important that nurses help each other build upon their skills, identify their gifts, and be able to explore different career paths by way of quality projects. I actively mentor and engage in the socialization of the faculty to the new role, whether they be adjunct or full-time. I also oversee operations such as staffing and quality improvement to help enhance the curriculum. I attend student advisory council sessions and listen to students who provide feedback about the courses. I participate in program evaluation, curriculum and retention committees, and serve in all other capacities that help the program.
Do you have any advice for students entering the Online RN to BSN program?
Students should take their time with the content. They also should look at the courses as an opportunity to expand themselves and their thinking. Students should make sure to use the resources available in the courses to be successful, and if they find that they are hitting a barrier, they need to verbalize their concern to the instructor. Their instructors can help improve navigation in the courses and help them understand the content. A lot of these concepts are foreign to the practicing nurse because they are thinking about what they need to do at the bedside or what they need to give to their patients. Practicing nurses need the confidence to help expand their thinking beyond the bedside.
Favorite candy bar: Snickers, even though I have not had one in a long time.
Favorite sport: I like golf. It is probably the most boring sport you can watch on television. My favorite player is Tiger Woods.
Favorite food: Spaghetti and meatballs
Foods you hate: I hate seafood because my grandfather caught tons of fish. He grew up during the Depression-era, so we always ate what was on the table, and there was a lot of fish on a lot of nights.
Favorite hobby: Playing with my dog. He’s a little guy, a Maltese-Yorkie mix, so he’s a Morkie named Jersey.
Favorite movie: A Dog’s Purpose. It’s the life of a dog re-imagined through many different lifetimes to get back to his original owner. You’ll cry the whole time if you’ve never seen it.
August 7, 2019 –Louisville, KY — Galen College of Nursing announced today the construction of a new Louisville Campus at Terra Crossing Boulevard, off the Old Henry exit at the Gene Snyder Freeway. The new campus, which will house both the Louisville Campus and the College’s national administrative headquarters, will be complete winter of 2020.
As the largest educator of nurses in the south, Galen’s vision is to elevate the student experience and inspire students and employees alike. “We will have the area’s largest and most unique education facility dedicated solely to nursing. This new Louisville campus represents our commitment to nursing education and healthcare in our region, as we continue to build a vibrant community of students, educators, and staff, dedicated solely to the cornerstone of patient care – nursing. We have designed an advanced, one-of-a-kind new space to provide our students the tools they need to deliver excellent patient care and outcomes, advance nursing practice, and pursue their professional goals,” said Mark Vogt, CEO Galen College of Nursing.
“We’re thrilled for Galen College of Nursing to expand its national headquarters and remain in Louisville,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “By teaching excellence in compassion and nursing, Galen is leading the way in addressing our nation’s nursing shortage. I look forward to helping break ground on its new state-of-the-art educational campus that will ensure Galen’s success in shaping the best caregivers in the country.”
A strategic design partnership was formed with BHDP Architecture, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help create a strong, forward-thinking experience for the College. Said Vogt, “We want the physical space to support the quality and innovation of the education delivered and we couldn’t be more excited about the new space they have created.”
Galen will be moving from its main Zorn Avenue campus, along with a satellite River Road location, to one location of 132,000 square feet on 11 acres of land owned and developed by Jefferson Development Group. Jefferson Development Group will retain ownership and management of the facility and has hired Whittenberg Construction Company and Louisville Paving as its contractors. David Hardy of CBRE was the real estate advisor on the transaction, bringing together Jefferson Development Group and Galen.
The new campus will house interactive learning experience classrooms, clinical learning labs and a simulation hospital where students practice clinical and decision-making skills through varied real-life situational experiences without compromising patient well-being. The heart of the new campus is the collaborative learning spaces for today’s learner. With an emphasis on student support, the new campus will feature a student resource center and library, private and group study rooms, and a variety of study spaces and casual seating, promoting engagement and collaboration, to ensure the success of its diverse student population.
Said Dean Connie Cooper, EdD, RN, CNE, “We are excited to be able to offer this kind of facility not only for our students, but our faculty and staff. They are among the most dedicated with whom I’ve had the honor to work. Our students come first, and the exceptional team we have in place to support them is what makes the difference in helping thousands of nursing students graduate and make a difference in the lives of others. Our new campus and the people in it will have a supportive synergy that will benefit our students, and the learning taking place, on a daily basis.”
The work is a culmination of years of strategic planning and behind the scenes support to make this exciting project come to life. “Our coordinated approach to economic and community development has once again allowed Louisville to retain a corporate headquarters and secure new development for our city,” said Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, chief of Louisville Forward. “We appreciate the commitment that the executive team of Galen has shown to continue to grow in our community. This new strategic location will be a perfect fit for providing education for nursing students and ties into the expansion and growth of medical centers along the Northeast parts of our city.”
Now in its 30th year, Galen’s Louisville campus graduates over 700 nursing students a year with a 96% licensure pass rate. Said Vogt, “Galen’s mission is centered around expanding access to quality nursing education and helping to change lives by providing opportunity and opening doors. These doors will be opened wide.”
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate, baccalaureate and master degree nursing programs to over 6,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
As the author of several textbooks and namesake of the resource center, Community Liaison and Education Consultant Nancy Maebius’ name stands out at the San Antonio campus of Galen College of Nursing.
Maebius, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN, has served as a consultant, educator and faculty member at Galen for 28 years and has written several textbooks and guides for Galen’s VN program.
Her tireless service to Galen and passion for vocational nursing (VN) led to the naming of San Antonio’s campus student resource center in Maebius’ honor in 2012. Among the speakers at the dedication ceremony was former Mayor Julian Castro, who is now a 2020 presidential candidate.
The visionary leader continues to leave a mark in an industry that is close to her heart: nursing.
Maebius, whose father was a physician, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, the oldest of three children. Her parents encouraged them to pursue the career of their choice, so with an interest in science and psychology, she decided to pursue nursing education.
In 1963, Maebius graduated with a BSN from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked at the National Institutes of Health. Two years later, she married her husband, who studied law at George Washington University. The couple moved to Austin, Texas, in 1966 for graduate school where she attended the University of Texas in Austin’s inaugural Master of Science in Nursing program. She was also one of four founding faculty members in 1969 at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing in San Antonio and served on the faculty for nine years.
In 1985, Maebius began working in staff development for Humana Women’s Hospital. Six years later, she was recruited by Humana to help create the school’s curriculum and teach in the Humana Health Institutes’ VN program. The Institute’s name was later changed to Galen College of Nursing.
When she first began teaching in the VN program, Maebius used RN textbooks as there weren’t any nursing textbooks for VN students. As a result, she co-authored one of the first medical-surgical textbooks and co-authored the second and third editions. She also co-authored the first two editions of one of the first Anatomy and Physiology textbooks for the program’s students.
For more than a decade, Maebius has taught Anatomy and Physiology and pharmacology in the VN program to over 1,100 students.
“I enjoyed working with a diverse group of students ranging in age from 20 to 61, many of whom were first-generation college students,” she said. “The role of LVNs has expanded over the past 30 years, and many of our VN program graduates have continued their education, earning ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees.”
Maebius, who completed her doctoral work in curriculum and instruction from UT Austin in 1990, said teaching at Galen was an excellent opportunity to apply her research in the VN program.
“Reflecting on my years at Galen,” she said, “I have watched the school grow from one class of 30 VN students per year to our current enrollment of over 1,700 VN, ADN, and BSN students, while retaining excellence in the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and staff, and administrative leadership.”
Maebius added, “There has been a continued shortage of nurses, and I appreciate Galen’s single-purpose focus of nursing education that supports the critical need for nurses. I look forward to seeing what the next years will bring for Galen.”
JULY 30, 2019 – Louisville, KY — Galen College of Nursing is excited to announce that Dr. Nancy Bellucci Ph.D., MSN-Ed, RN, CNOR has been appointed the Program Director for the Online RN to BSN Nursing program.
Dr. Bellucci has been a member of Galen’s faculty since November 2016. Before becoming program director, Bellucci served as course lead faculty and chair of the RN to BSN Program Evaluation Committee.
“Nancy is an innovative leader and passionate advocate for higher education,” said Dean of Online RN to BSN Kathy Burlingame EdD, MSN. “Nancy brings a wealth of experience and talent in curriculum development and nursing research. She embraces Galen’s commitment to excellence in nursing education. We are thrilled to have her leadership in our Online RN to BSN program.”
Prior to arriving at Galen, Dr. Bellucci served as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University. She has also published articles about the healthcare environment, interprofessional education, and higher education. Most recently, her article “Doctoral Persistence and Balancing Competing Roles: Learn Strategies for Completing your Doctorate” was published in American Nurse Today. She is a peer reviewer for the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and has presented at Sigma Theta Tau and the National League for Nursing.
Dr. Bellucci’s educational background includes an ASN degree from the Atlantic Cape Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education from Thomas Edison State College, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Capella University. Dr. Bellucci is certified as a perioperative nurse (CNOR).
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 5,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
July 22, 2019 – Hazard, KY – As part of their commitment to nursing education and the future of healthcare, Galen College of Nursing announces the expansion of its Hazard campus at the ARH System Center in Hazard, Kentucky. These exciting renovations will almost double the size of the campus today.
Over 10,000 square feet will be added to provide advanced simulation labs, a second clinical learning lab, and a student resource center with a variety of inviting seating and study rooms, ideal for students to spend time working and studying.
“This expansion not only reinforces our commitment to increasing educational opportunities and supporting healthcare in this region, but to supporting learning outcomes and student success,” said Audria Denker, RN, DNP, EVP Prelicensure Nursing Education at Galen. “We are building our academic and clinical learning environments to foster our students’ connectivity and academic success.”
In 2017, Galen College and ARH joined together to offer additional nursing education in support of both the local nursing workforce and the need for nurses throughout Eastern Kentucky. Renovations are set to be completed by the fall of 2019.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the expansion,” said Joe Grossman, President, and CEO of ARH. “Galen’s nursing program is supporting the critical need for nurses in this region, and we are excited for the potential to grow, and to support the additional investment and commitment to this community.”
Galen College CEO Mark Vogt added: “The relationship with ARH has been extremely beneficial for our students. These improvements are emblematic of our mission to provide a culture of academic excellence for our students and expand access to quality nursing education.”
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs to over 6,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Florida, Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
As a little boy, Johnathan Pritchard, MBA, MSN, RN loved superheroes. He always felt it was heroic to save someone’s life.
“I thought I wanted to be a police officer or a firefighter, and as I got older, I realized that the nursing profession was a pretty incredible profession,” he said. “I felt if I really wanted to be a superhero, nurses are everyday superheroes.”
“My classmates and professors were incredible,” he said. “I enjoyed working with them, and it was a great experience.”
After he graduated from Galen in 2016, he landed a staff nurse position at The Kidz Club. The Kidz Club provides skilled nursing care to children who are medically complex and unable to attend a regular childcare facility.
“There are always moments when you’re practicing as a nurse, and medical situations don’t always go as planned. But the skills I was able to learn from Galen helped me during those situations,” he said. “I’ve always felt very prepared for what I might see and what I would have to do in order to ensure that my patients achieved an optimal level of health.”
Pritchard continues to advance in his career by leaps and bounds at The Kidz Club. While there, he eventually became a charge nurse and then promoted to Director of Nursing at one of the facilities in Louisville. Today, Pritchard is the Director of Nursing Operations, and he oversees the daily operations at seven facilities, which include six in Kentucky and one in Florida. He has been working with the company for six years.
“There’s a lot of case management that goes into what we do, and so we build a plan of treatment for these kids that’s signed off by their primary care doctor,” Pritchard said. “It’s much different than a hospital where a patient comes in, we treat them, and we send them on their way. Instead, these children are with us, so we really get to know them and their families. We really feel like we have an opportunity to help impact that child’s life as well as help these families.”
Pritchard is grateful that he has been able to apply his educational background to his career. He has been able to accomplish some of his superhero goals of making a difference in a little person’s life.
“Galen really built the foundation of nursing for me and allowed me to go on to do other things with my degree. Nursing is a wonderful profession, and I think that’s why some people get into it,” he said. “Nursing has its stressful moments, but Galen has prepared me for those types of situations that you’ll run into. It really has enhanced my career.”
Galen College of Nursing Online RN to BSN student Petra Lesmeister didn’t choose nursing, it chose her, she said. Lesmeister is the May 2019 “Student of Term,” and she couldn’t be more excited. The Missouri native, who is the oldest of nine children, said that she enjoys taking care of people. One of her first jobs was at a local nursing home, and it motivated her to pursue nursing as a career.
Three years ago, she and her family moved to Austin, Texas, and as she began to research nursing schools, she found out about Galen through one of her friends. Lesmeister was impressed with the College’s commitment to nursing education, but there was one catch: She would have to drive 2½ hours to attend her classes in San Antonio. Lesmeister made the choice to stop working at a job so that she could attend the program’s clinicals.
“It was something I could do, and I was willing to make some sacrifices,” she said. “Even though many of us were commuting, we would all still make time to get together and study. I really loved the sense of connection that we had with each other.”
In September 2018, Lesmeister completed the LVN to ADN program and is now giving her car a much-needed break from the road while studying online for her BSN. Recently, she learned that her father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. As a result, she and her family returned to Missouri to assist him with his medical care.
“This has been one of my harder semesters in the Online RN to BSN program because we’ve driven back and forth to Kansas City a couple of times,” she said. “When I got Student of the Term, I was shocked. Every spare moment that I had, I was trying to complete my schoolwork so that I could do well.”
Although she is taking her classes online, Lesmeister said her teachers are always available and provide unending support. She credits her instructor Cassie Foote, DNP, RN-BC for providing her with insightful advice and study tips.
“She was really good about describing exactly how she wanted you to do the project, so you knew exactly what was expected of you,” Lesmeister said. “It has been a good experience.”
There was no question in Foote’s mind to nominate her ‘standout student.’ Lesmeister would always go the extra mile and learn what was needed to fine-tune her online assignments, Foote said. She sees a bright future for Lesmeister.
“When she participates on the discussion board, she takes the time to read the posts and respond with something very thoughtful,” Foote said. “You can tell she’s really engaged with all the material. She’s just a real standout student in every way. I think she has great potential to be able to go on into higher education, get her master’s degree, and possibly her doctorate if she’s interested.”
In July, Lesmeister will be working at the University of Kansas in mental health and will graduate from Galen in October.
John Lundeen EdD, RN, CNE, is thrilled to join Galen College of Nursing as the Program Director of the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. In his new role, Dr. Lundeen will provide engaged leadership in the development and implementation of the MSN Nurse Educator track, drawing from his extensive experience in nursing education. We caught up with Dr. Lundeen to learn more about his career, tips for students, and why he loves Payday candy bars.
Where did you start your career?
I began at the University of West Alabama, where I earned my associate degree in nursing. From there, my wife and I moved to Birmingham, Alabama. I started on a medical-surgical floor in a hospital in Birmingham. Over time, I worked in the medical intensive care unit and the cardiac cath lab. I also worked a short stint as a critical care transport flight nurse onboard a fixed-wing aircraft.
Later, I attended the Ida Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where they have an RN-MSN bridge program. There, I earned my master’s in nursing education. After I earned my master’s, I began teaching at Samford and was there for 11 years. In that time, I attended The University of Alabama where I earned my EdD in instructional leadership in nursing education. While at Samford, I taught in the baccalaureate program and then transitioned to the master’s and finally the DNP program.
What attracted you to Galen?
I have worked previously with four executives from Galen on different boards at the national level. Their personalities and dedication to nursing education were inspiring. Hearing them talk about Galen, the new opportunities here, and the rate in which they were able to make things happen was very appealing to me.
When I found out about the MSN program, the opportunity for growth and the chance to create something great was what drew me, and I just thought, ‘You know, I have prepared myself for this.’ I knew that everything I have done up until this point including my education, serving as a commissioner on the CNE Commission, and my affiliation as governor-at-large on the board of the National League for Nursing has prepared me for this role. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got to do this!’
How will students benefit from the online MSN, Nurse Educator Program?
Our program will provide students with an opportunity to get a higher education and advance their careers. Becoming a nurse educator will open opportunities for them to teach in clinical areas and simulation environments. They can work in hospitals as directors of education for nurses and the ancillary staff. It will also prepare them for careers in a range of pre-licensure nursing programs.
What are some of the responsibilities of your role?
I am going to be making sure that the curriculum is designed to a level for what we want in a master’s prepared nurse, and just making sure that the content is addressing the standards for our national organizations and our accrediting bodies. I am also responsible for hiring and supervising faculty who will teach and manage those courses. It is also my responsibility to encourage them in faculty development opportunities that help them reach goals they have set for themselves, as well as help them to achieve those goals.
Do you have any advice for students entering the MSN program?
Enter with a strong desire to learn more. Graduate students are expected to do more independent learning and seeking out more information than what is provided. Students should have a higher level of inquiry, search more, and be ready for more writing. The master’s level is more reading and writing intensive. I know there are many people who say they can’t write and wouldn’t be able to make it in graduate school, but there are so many people at Galen who are willing to help students be successful.
Our program is online, so as an MSN student, you’re going to have to set deadlines. It is fast-paced because it is an eight-week term, so you’ll need to be prepared for a rigorous education. However, your faculty will be there and will support you.
Favorite candy bar: Payday. It’s the best of both worlds, sweet and salty. It’s the most amazing candy bar.
Favorite football team: Ole Miss Rebels (Hotty Toddy!)
Favorite food: A juicy bacon cheeseburger cooked on an old, flat grill at a diner.
Foods You Hate: I hate a fried egg that’s got runny egg white.
Favorite Hobby: My favorite thing to do right now is to help out with my daughters’ bands. I have enjoyed being involved with the band booster programs.
Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
June 25, 2019 — Tampa Bay, FL. — Galen College of Nursing announced today the expansion of its main Tampa Bay campus at Northside Hospital, an HCA Healthcare facility located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The first class of students attending the Galen campus at Northside Hospital will start July 8.
As the largest educator of nurses in the region, Galen is proud to continue to expand access to quality nursing education in support of healthcare in the community. “The integration of a campus at a hospital provides our students with more exposure to clinical practice, enhancing their learning and expertise,” said Mark Vogt, Galen’s Chief Executive Officer. “The new Northside Hospital location will allow students an up-close look at real-world nursing, which is invaluable to their education.”
Nursing students at the new campus will have unique opportunities to engage more closely with healthcare providers on campus, participate in educational and training events offered to nursing colleagues, and see first-hand practices and measures in place that enhance the quality of care at Northside Hospital.
“We are excited not only to expand our ability to support the need for more nurses so vital to the nursing workforce, but to offer this kind of integration into our programs, increasing the confidence of students and advancing their preparation for practice,” said Interim Dean Glen Cornwall, MSN, RN.
“Northside Hospital has a strong tradition of supporting nursing education, from working with area nursing schools to our StaRN Nurse Residency program and encouraging nurses to strive for advance certifications and degrees,” said Valerie Powell-Stafford, MHSA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Northside Hospital. “We’re excited to welcome Galen to our campus, because we know that skilled and compassionate nurses are critical to our mission, which is the care and improvement of human life.”
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded 30 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate, baccalaureate and master degree nursing programs to over 6,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.
As Allida Williams talks about her 29-year career at Galen College of Nursing, a warm smile lights up her face. In 1990, the alumni records manager began as a receptionist at the Louisville campus when it was above a radio station in downtown Louisville. She laughs as she recalls how much the nursing school has grown in 30 years.
“We used to be a whole lot smaller, of course. We started with just the PN program, and we knew every student. We even knew their personal stories,” she said. “I appreciate the growth and being able to service more students, but sometimes I miss being able to know all of our students personally.”
During those early years, Williams was especially proud of the students during graduations. She also described some of the hurdles that students cleared to make it to the finish line.
“Transportation can be tough for some of our students. One student I knew had to take a bus to every clinical, which were held in a separate location, and every class, even when they were doing 3 to 11 p.m. clinicals,” she recalled. “There was so much pride and excitement just to see them graduate and be able to change their lives and their families’ lives.”
Williams is delighted that she can keep in touch with many of Galen’s graduates across the country. She enjoys traveling to open houses and alumni events to network with recent graduates and learning where they have started their new careers. She also is helping to establish stronger alumni associations on Galen’s campuses.
“I love hearing the things that they are doing now in their careers and where they’ve been able to go once they graduate from Galen,” Williams said. “There’s such a vast array of things they’re able to do with a Galen education.”