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New dean appointed at Violet Schumacher School of Nursing


Bonnie Beardsley, RN, PhD, recently was named dean of the Northwestern College Violet Schumacher School of Nursing in Bridgeview, Ill.

Beardsley most recently worked at Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City where she was responsible for curriculum development for its faculty graduate degree program as the product and program operations manager.

According to a news release, Beardsley has a history of building and growing nursing education programs at all degree levels.

Before her role at Western Governor’s University, she served as associate director for the school of nursing at Aurora (Ill.) University; professor and chairwoman of the department of nursing at Olivet Nazarene University’s Rolling Meadows, Ill., campus; and founder and director of the graduate degree nursing program at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

She has launched online nursing programs, served as a professor at several institutions and has worked in the field as a nurse at hospitals such as Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., where she served in the shock trauma unit of the ED, and at Brook Army Hospital in Texas, where she served in the U.S. Army.

Beardsley has worked as a consultant for Herzing University, Gonzaga University, Excelsior College, American Military University and American Sentinel University in various roles, including program and curriculum developer, accreditation consultant and subject matter expert.

In addition, Beardsley recently completed her second appointment on the U.S. Army Advisory Board as a liaison to the Department of Defense.

While serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, she was attached to the 900th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital Unit and the 801st General Hospital. She received an honorable discharge at the rank of major from the corps.

Beardsley earned her BSN from Olivet Nazarene University, her MSN from Lewis University and her PhD with a specialization in adult education from Walden University.

She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in academic leadership as a Fuld Fellow through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C.

The Violet Schumacher School of Nursing at Northwestern College opened in the fall of 2010.


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