Nursing professors receive IBHE Fellowships

SXU School of Nursing faculty members Patricia L. Kelly, MSN, RN, CNE, and Jacqueline Tulley, MSN, RN, ACNP, have received Nurse Educator Fellowship Awards by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. These $10,000 fellowships are intended to supplement recipients’ salaries to help defray professional development and continuing education expenses, aiming to ensure retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher education, like SXU, that confer nursing degrees.

Kelly and Tulley are two of the 22 nursing professors in Illinois to receive this competitive fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. Both were nominated for the award by Dean Gloria Jacobson.

Kelly started at SXU in May 2006 as an adjunct faculty member, became a full-time lecturer in fall of 2006, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2011. As the undergraduate clinical placement coordinator, Kelly oversees the clinical placement and experiential education of nearly 400 nursing students per semester. Along with these duties, she also is active in the Alpha Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; in the past she has served as vice president and president and is currently serving as treasurer of the chapter. In the spring of 2013, Prof. Kelly began her pursuit of a Ph.D in Nursing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. The Nurse Educator Fellowship Award will assist her with costs related to tuition, fees, and travel.

Jacqueline Tulley is an assistant professor of nursing. Her teaching focuses on medical-surgical nursing, and she serves as adviser to 25 undergraduate nursing majors. She is an active nurse practitioner, caring mainly for cardiovascular and emergency patients. Tulley plans to use the Nurse Educator Fellowship Award to allow her to practice fewer hours over the summer while she concentrates on finishing her Ph.D dissertation at Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation appertains to women with heart disease, specifically in identifying the effect emotional behaviors have on cardiovascular risk perception and possible influences on self-care behaviors. Tulley hopes to use some of the funds for travel to present her research at national conferences in 2014.

These Nurse Educator Fellowship Awards will enrich SXU’s School of Nursing by enabling Professors Kelly and Tulley to enhance both their pedagogy and their individual fields of scholarship. Both have established themselves in the School of Nursing as outstanding educators and leaders, and, Dean Jacobson notes, “Completion of their doctoral studies will strengthen not only their teaching, but also prepare them to contribute to nursing science as they disseminate the findings of their dissertation research.”