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Anne Hustad Selected as Nurse Educator Fellow

Anne Hustad PhotoThe Illinois Board of Higher Education has selected Olney Central College Instructor Anne Hustad, MSN, RN, CNE, as a Nurse Educator Fellow.

Hustad was one of 19 distinguishededucators from across the state chosen to take part in the Nurse Educator Fellowship Program.

“I am honored to have been selected,” Hustad said. “I really want to thank Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Theresa Marcotte for nominating me.”

Now in its 10th year, the competitive program’s purpose is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher education that award nursing degrees.

“With a master’s degree in nursing, you can earn more as a nurse practitioner than you can as an educator,” Hustad said. “The program promotes nursing education by providing a salary stipend to participants.”

Fellows may use the funds to pay for professional development, conference expenses, continued education and professional dues.

Hustad plans to pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree and will utilize her stipend to assist with related costs.

Hustad and the other recipients will be honored during an awards ceremony in June.

“We will receive our certificates and at that time present reports on how we are utilizing the funds,” she added.

Hustad joined OCC as a nursing instructor in 2005. She became the program’s department head that same year and continues to serve in that capacity.

“Education is something I have always been interested in and teaching is something I truly enjoy,” Hustad said. “As a nurse, you are teaching all the time. That is something we try to instill in our students.”

Hustad is a graduate of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges: OCC Associate Degree Nursing Program, having attended Frontier Community College in Fairfield.

“I believe in the system,” she said. “The IECC District, which includes OCC, Frontier, Lincoln Trail and Wabash Valley colleges, is a good starting point for entry-level practitioners. The program is cost effective for the students and a great benefit to the region as many of our nurses stay in the area, providing care to patients in local hospitals and other facilities.”

The IECC:OCC Nursing Program is currently accepting applications at all four colleges from individuals wishing to enter this fall. For more information, contact 618-395-7777. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

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