Nursing

April 27, 2018

Kish Nursing students and Northern Illinois University students held a Health Fair at Barb City Manor in DeKalb on April 25. The students provided health information on hydration, constipation, fall prevention, polypharmacy, exercise and other topics. The students also provided blood pressure screenings. The Health Fair was well-attended by Barb City Manor residents and community residents. The Kish College students were joined by Pat Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Nursing instructor, for their NUR 249 Mental Health Nursing class. Mitchell partnered with Mary Gawrys, Nursing Instructor at NIU who coordinates community nursing clinical experiences, to offer the Health Fair. This is the fourth year Kish and NIU have partnered to offer the free health fairs in the community. Pictured are the Kishwaukee College and NIU Nursing students at Barb City Manor.

April 26, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the official national accrediting agency for nursing programs. Kish has received accreditation through Fall 2022. Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education at Kish, stated, “The accreditation process was rigorous but well worth the effort to receive affirmation of our hard work in having a solid, quality program. I am extremely proud of our faculty and students.”

The accreditation process required nearly two years of data gathering, utilizing multiple information sources. The ACEN Evaluation team were at Kish College in September 2017 for a required site visit as part of the accreditation process. While at Kish, the peer evaluators met with Nursing faculty, other College staff and administrators, current students and alumni and observed classes, labs, and clinical sites.

Chilton said, “The new Nurse Practice Act for Illinois states that all nursing programs in Illinois must be accredited by 2022 to remain a viable program. Now that we are accredited, articulation with other nursing programs and Colleges for academic progression will be seamless. This also assists with job placement in hospitals, particularly out of state.”

For more information on the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Sean Kesselring, Lead Academic Advisor, at skesselring@kish.edu or at 815-825-9822.


Pictured are several Nursing faculty with the certificate from ACEN; standing, L to R, are: Pat Mitchell; Kelly Soost, Coordinator of Nursing; Cindy Prendergast; Kay Singer; Kathy Schnier; Janis Ormond; Heather Heilman, Coordinator, Nursing SIM Lab; and Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education.

February 2, 2018

Fourteen first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Donna Engh, Jonathan Klaczek and Stephanie Whaley from the 3M Community Support Group were on campus on January 30 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Cassandra Delaurie, DeKalb; Ekaterina Gehringer, Kingston; DeKalb; Elaxus Haas, Cortland; Aseneth Herrera, Rochelle; Alexandria Isham, DeKalb; Jamie Jensen, DeKalb; Hannah Lovett, DeKalb; Alexandra Magana, Rochelle; Janetta Martina, Malta; Hayleigh Meinen, DeKalb; Sally Mullis, DeKalb; Felicia Napolitano, Sycamore; Jasmyn Patterson, Rochelle; and Miranda Perri, Sycamore.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides local charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

Since 2010, the 3M Community Support Group in DeKalb has been awarding Littman stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students each semester. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes. 

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit www.3m.com.


Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are: front row, L to R,  Cassandra Delaurie, DeKalb; Alexandra Magana, Rochelle; Miranda Perri, Sycamore; Aseneth Herrera, Rochelle; Hannah Lovett, DeKalb; and Hayleigh Meinen, DeKalb; middle row, L to R, Donna Engh, 3M Community Support Group; Ekaterina Gehringer, Kingston; Janetta Martina, Malta; Alexandria Isham, DeKalb; and Felicia Napolitano, Sycamore; back row, L to R, Jasmyn Patterson, Rochelle; Sally Mullis, DeKalb; Elaxus Haas, Cortland; Jamie Jensen, DeKalb; Jonathan Klaczek, 3M Community Support Group; Stephanie Whaley, 3M Community Support Group; and Pat Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Categories: Nursing
January 11, 2018

Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University recently expanded their academic partnership, announcing a new degree completion option for the Associate Degree Nursing program at Kish and the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Completion Program at NIU. The agreement was formally signed and executed by both institutions on Wednesday, January 10 at Kishwaukee College.

The RN to B.S. Degree Completion is a customized academic pathway between both institutions that allows students to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program at Kish while taking a number of classes at NIU. After graduation from Kish, students complete final course work at NIU to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“This innovative program has students taking classes simultaneously at both institutions,” said Derryl Block, Dean of NIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. “The program is a result of collaboration between Kishwaukee and NIU to better guide students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to be better prepared to serve the needs of individuals, families, communities and populations.”

“The trend in healthcare is for an increase in nurses who hold a BSN and this agreement will allow more of our students to achieve that goal in a time- and cost-efficient manner,” said Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education at Kish College. “This is a great step forward for our students and for healthcare professionals in our local hospitals and clinics.”

As part of this partnership, Kish will facilitate students’ clinical experiences. Additionally, students will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after successfully completing the Kish portion of the program.

For more information, please contact Bette Chilton at Kishwaukee College at bchilton@kish.edu or call 815-825-9308 or Amber Davis at NIU at adavis16@niu.edu or call 815-753-6557.


Pictured are, seated L to R, Dr. Lisa Freeman, Acting President of Northern Illinois University, and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. Standing, L to R, are: Dr. Christopher McCord, Acting Executive Vice President and Provost, NIU; Dr. Nancy Valentine, School of Nursing Interim Chair, NIU; Dr. Derryl Block, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, NIU; Ron Smith, Director of Community College Partnerships, NIU; Amber Davis, RN-B.S. Nursing Coordinator, NIU; Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education, Kish College; and Dr. M. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction, Kish College.

Categories: Nursing
September 14, 2015

Five first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt, from the 3M Community Support Group was on campus on September 9 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Suzi Albers, Rochelle; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; and Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

Since 2010, the 3M Community Support Group in DeKalb has been awarding Littman stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kishwaukeecollege.edu; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit www.3m.com


Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are, L to R, Jon Pruitt, 3M Community Support Group; Suzi Albers, Rochelle; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; and Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education at Kishwaukee College.

Categories: Nursing