GSU Nursing Program Graduates Honored

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Three graduates of Governors State University’s nursing program were honored this month at the 14th annual Power of Nursing Leadership luncheon, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Maria Nehmer, of Monee; Brenda Rocha, of Valparaiso, Indiana; and Jacqueline Whitten, of Harvey; received the Pinnacle Leader Recognition award, which is given to exemplary nurse leaders in Illinois. They were among 31 nurse leaders who were nominated for the award by their healthcare organizations.

Nehmer, of the University of Illinois Medical Center, received her Master of Science in Nursing degree at GSU in 2004. Rocha, of Advocate Condell Medical Center, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011. Whitten, of Advocate Trinity Medical Center, received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2001 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2011.

This year’s theme for the Power of Nursing Leadership luncheon was “New Challenges for Nursing in the 21st Century.”

In his remarks at the luncheon, Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, spoke of nurses’ leadership on health-related issues, as well as the challenges in working toward health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Ethical leadership, he said, is required to face these challenges and is comprised of three facets – integrity, civility, and community.

Governors State University offers nursing programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. For more information, call (708) 534-4040 or visit www.govst.edu/chhs/dn.