The finalists in Nursing Spectrums Nursing Excellence Awards event, which takes place May 6 in Schaumburg, Ill., in the Teaching category are as follows:
Cheryl Anema, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Ind.
Nominated by: Ruthann Sanders
Cheryl Anema has been a nursing professor for more than 20 years and receives some of the highest evaluation scores from her students. She has developed International Nursing courses and taken undergraduate nursing students to Jamaica to work in a third-world healthcare environment. Since 1992, she has volunteered in Jamaica. During those trips, she has built many relationships, which led to the adoption of a Jamaican son. She recently designed an online graduate course in Healthcare Organization, Politics and Economics. Many of her students joined professional organizations and submitted healthcare-policy changes in their areas after taking this course.Julie D’Agostino, RN
Through her work with students, Anema continues to affect the healthcare of many communities and the nursing profession through her leadership and educational outreach. Anema serves as president of the Illinois Nurses Associations District 20 and works on many INA committees.
Julie DAgostino, RN, MSN, APN-CS, CEN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Ill.
Nominated by: Cynthia Luxton
While teaching fourth-semester courses in Harpers ADN program, Julie DAgostino also serves as faculty program coordinator for the practical nursing and certified nursing assistant programs. She works tirelessly to support student learning and mentors students as they take on opportunities for leadership. In 2009, she was first to bring the use of the iPod Touch into classroom instruction and clinical experiences for practical nursing students. She also is an advocate for prospective nursing students. Even when a student is not in her class, she has been willing to advocate and demonstrate caring at the right time. One evening, a student arrived at the Health Career Divisions Office after the office for support services was closed. While the receptionist was challenged to help the distraught student, DAgostino offered her assistance. Upon assessment, the student was determined to be suicidal. DAgostino helped link the student with off-campus services.Cheryl Hilgenberg, RN
Cheryl Hilgenberg, RN, EdD, CTN-A, CNE
Professor and Department Chair of Nursing
Millikin University, Decatur, Ill.
Nominated by: Kelley Obringer
A nursing educator at Millikin since 1990, Cheryl Hilgenberg teaches Mental Health Nursing to junior nursing students at the central Illinois school and three courses in the MSN program. She also serves as the coordinator for Millikins Global Studies courses. She has served on the board of directors and as past president of the Moultrie County Counseling Center and on the Professional Advisory Committee of Lincolnland Home Care of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, Mattoon/Charleston, Ill. Hilgenberg has published more than a dozen articles in nursing journals. She also has been a speaker at dozens of events, including national and regional conferences. Hilgenberg has taught travel-study courses, taking students to the Dominican Republic and China. She is known for encouraging nothing but the best for students and colleagues. Her nominator says Hilgenberg is honest to the core and exhibits professionalism at all times, which makes her an asset to the nursing profession.Paul Langlois, RN
Paul Langlois, RN, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, CNRN
Clinical Patient Manager
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Nominated by: Jill K. Rogers, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
An educator, mentor and champion of quality and evidence-based practice, Paul Langlois teaches a biannual CCRN certification review course at Northwestern that is very popular with ICU nurses. He is known for taking complicated topics and making them easy for nurses to understand. In the two years he has been teaching the course, 72 nurses have become CCRN certified and the pass rate for attendees is 92%. He provides annual education presentations for nurses in all of the ICUs at Northwestern. Langlois also presents regularly to cardiac surgery physicians and works with graduate nursing students. He has mentored CTICU nurses in completing three evidence-based practice projects during the past two years. Each of these projects has had a positive effect on practice in the CTICU, including the nurse-guided extubation protocol that has been implemented as the standard of practice in the unit. Annually, he teaches more than 800 nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists and medical students.Ethel C. Ragland, RN
Ethel C. Ragland, RN, MN, EdD
Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing and Health
Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill.
Nominated by: Mary Ann Collado-Wharton
A nursing educator since 1974, Ethel Chatterton Ragland aims to bring out the best in students and in the instructors with whom she works. She is recognized for a her ability to provide guidance and nurture students and she is a very positive person, according to her nominator. Ragland offers encouragement and helps students to see other perspectives. She is fun, patient, kind and an excellent resource, who is more than willing to arrive early or stay late for one-on-one meetings with students or small groups. Raglands broad knowledge base helps her easily meet classroom challenges. She uses a variety of media to enhance students learning experiences and aid in knowledge retention. Raglands innovative idea to provide off-campus access for students to obtain a BSN by utilizing space at local community colleges has become common across the country.