Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill., is to be inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursings Academy of Nursing Education Sept. 19 at the annual NLN Education Summit in Phoenix. Groenwald is one of 20 distinguished nurse educators and two honorary fellows selected this year. The inductees join 165 current fellows who represent nursing schools and programs nationwide.
Fellows support the mission and core values of the National League for Nurses and assist in the work required to prepare graduates from all types of nursing programs, said Beverly A. Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO of the NLN, in the schools recent announcement. They serve as mentors and resources for new educators and those in clinical practice who hope to someday enter the ranks of nurse faculty.
During her career at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, where she was director of the oncology nursing graduate program, Groenwald was elected to the inaugural board of the Oncology Nursing Society. While serving on the board, she helped create the first standards for oncology nursing practice and co-founded the first chapter of the ONS in Chicago. One of her several textbooks in oncology, Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award twice.
Since joining Chamberlain in 2006, Groenwald has increased access to nursing education by growing the college from one campus in St. Louis to 14 campuses nationwide and by developing robust online post licensure offerings, including the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree completion option, five tracks of a masters degree program in nursing including a family nurse practitioner track and two tracks in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. Groenwalds vision is leading to the education of more than 36,000 nursing students and graduates in bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs, according to the schools article.
Additionally, she created and implemented a model known as Chamberlain Care, which is exemplified through Chamberlains student academic model and which provides academic support and resources as well as student care that empowers students to achieve their career goals and to deliver exceptional patient care, according to the release.
We are proud to see Dr. Groenwalds commitment to excellence in nursing education recognized by the National League for Nursing, said Richard Cowling, PhD, APRN-BC, AHN-BC, FAAN, vice president of academic affairs at CCN. As a visionary leader, Dr. Groenwald is dedicated to advancing nursing education and the industry to meet the changing demands of the complex healthcare system and to improve patient outcomes.