Nurses Week 2019

The Purdue University Global School of Nursing is proud to participate in National Nurses Week, “4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.” The annual celebration is sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA) and runs from May 6 to 12, 2019.

In honor of Nurses Week, join us on May 22, 2019, for a panel event titled “Nurses Leading Change and Advancing Health Care.”

Nurses Week Panel Discussion: Nurses Leading Change and Advancing Health Care

The discussion will cover topics from the audience as well as topics related to how nursing can address health care demands and growing mental health care needs, ways new technology impacts patient care quality, and the future of health care reform.

  • Panelist: Ann Oertwich

    Ann Oertwich, PhD, MSN, RN, Executive Director at Nebraska Board of Nursing

    Ann OertwichAnn Oertwich has been a registered nurse for over 35 years, specializing in roles such as patient education, discharge planning, home health and hospice management. She has served as a lobbyist and as executive officer of the Nebraska Nurses Association and Nebraska Board of Nursing. Oertwich has been a faculty member at both public and private nursing schools and maintained her own consulting business.

  • Panelist: Allan Jenkins

    Allan Jenkins, PhD, Professor at University of Nebraska Kearney

    Allan JenkinsAllan Jenkins received a PhD in economics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and has taught at the University of Nebraska Kearney for 32 years. He has been an advocate for independent practice for Advanced Practice Nurses in Nebraska. Jenkins’ expertise lies in local economic development, economic impact modeling, and Medicaid expansion. He has published articles and reports on topics related to rural health issues, Medicaid expansion, and data-driven analysis in health care.

  • Panelist: Melissa Burdi

    Melissa Burdi, DNP, Associate Dean of Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    Melissa Burdi Melissa Burdi brings with her more than 20 years of nursing experience, specializing in cardiovascular nursing practice; professional development, quality and safety; nursing administration; and academic operations. She has served as national director of academic operations at Chamberlain University, where she led university-wide operational quality initiatives and oversaw all online post-licensure and graduate program operations.

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  • Moderator: Melissa Fuller

    Melissa Fuller, LNKTV, Health Coordinator

    Melissa FullerMelissa Fuller became a coordinator for LNKTV Health in 2012 and takes pride in helping produce and program reliable health and wellness programming relevant to the Lincoln community. She has camera assisted on several independent films and camera operated and produced docu-reality programs for various channels. Fuller graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Register Now

Register today for our panel event on May 22, 2019, at 1:00 pm CT. Stream it live on Facebook or attend the event at our Lincoln location:
1821 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Share Your Appreciation

This year’s theme is “4 Million Ways to Celebrate,” and we couldn’t agree more. Nurses play a critical role in every one of our lives. And you do it every day. We hope you’ll take the time to personally thank a fellow nurse by sharing an eCard or downloading a certificate of appreciation and pass it along to a special nurse. Everyone in the nursing community should take a collective bow. You’ve earned our respect and appreciation. Thank you for all that you do.

Nurses Week Certificate

Certificate of Appreciation eCard

Download a Certificate of Appreciation eCard to recognize a nurse for going above and beyond just doing their job.

Nurses Week Thank You Card

Thank You eCards

Download a Thank You eCard to thank that special nurse for all that they do.

Letter From the Dean

Marilyn WidemanIt is a distinct honor and pleasure for me to send National Nurses Week wishes to nurses everywhere. I am especially honored to recognize the more than 4,000 alumni and 224 faculty members—who also serve the community with innovative practices—as well as our current School of Nursing students who now total over 3,000.

Nursing is more than an occupation. You save, change, and improve lives. You serve with care and compassion. Nurses serve in so many roles, whether it is in direct patient care, researcher, educator, executive leader, nurse practitioner, or any other varied nursing positions, each and every one make a difference. In a profession that can be pressure-packed in an industry that poses changing challenges, you persist and persevere.

Nurses Week 2019 helps punctuate an especially eventful year for the School of Nursing, as we recently became part of the respected Purdue University system.

This year and every year, thank you, nurses. You inspire. You innovate. You influence. And you have over 4 million reasons to celebrate.

Marilyn Wideman, DNP, RN, FAAN
Dean and Vice President, Purdue University Global School of Nursing

Faculty Viewpoint

Nurses Week is a treasured opportunity for the public to celebrate the dedication of professional nurses. Throughout history, nurses have served humanity with unyielding determination and without fanfare. What a privilege it is to work at a university that celebrates and serves the interests of nurses every day. Whatever the learning platform (local or distance), whatever the delivery model (traditional or competency-based), Purdue Global equips nurses at every level of practice to engage their world and fulfill their unique mission.

Elaina Mahlan, MSN/Ed, MSHE, RN, CNE, FCN

University Faculty, Bachelor of Science in Nursing