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Two Heartland faculty named Nurse Educator Fellows

December 19, 2022

Two Heartland Community College Health Sciences faculty have received fellowship awards to promote nursing education. 

Dameron Beverly and Julie Carr have each been awarded a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center (INWC) Advisory Board. 

The Nurse Educator Fellowship was established to help provide resources to train more highly-skilled nurses in Illinois by retaining qualified faculty. Recipients are awarded $10,000. 

Dameron Beverly, BSN, MSN, RN, has worked in nursing for 15 years and in the Heartland Nursing program for two years. Along with her work as a nursing educator, Beverly mentors youth from underrepresented backgrounds who want to pursue careers in the nursing field through simulation and skills labs to facilitate hands-on learning experiences in the healthcare field. She plans to use the fellowship to help advance expertise in nursing education simulations, including the use of VR technology with a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certification. 

Julie Carr, BSN, MSN, RN, a nurse of 17 years has been an educator in the Heartland Nursing program for four years.  With a background in pediatric nursing, Carr wants to bring more clinical judgment scenarios into the classroom for students studying pediatric nursing care. She plans to use her fellowship to pursue a Nurse Educator Certification. 

“We could not be prouder of Dameron and Julie,” said Susan Carl, Heartland Interim Director of Nursing Education. “The Nurse Educator Fellowship is only awarded to those who demonstrate a real dedication toward forwarding the field by sharing expertise that is most often found with practitioners. Heartland is fortunate to have Nursing faculty who not only have that experience but are motivated to advance their knowledge and share it with future health care professionals.” 

The Heartland Community College Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Admission is selective, and is offered annually to new students who qualify. Advanced Placement is also available for Licensed Practical Nurses.

Written by: Steve Fast