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Olivet nursing professor receives prestigious faculty award


Rosalie Tuttle, RN, PhD, MSN, a nursing professor at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., received the 2014 Richard M. Jones Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence during the school’s 101st commencement convocation on May 10. Also that day, 38 of her students in the Class of 2014 received BSN degrees, according to a news release.

Tuttle’s work in maternal child health has spanned more than 35 years. As a member of Olivet’s faculty, she teaches courses in childbearing family health and serves as an adviser in the ethical leadership doctoral program.

Known by her students as a kind and dedicated professor, she often holds special study sessions outside of her regular teaching and supervisory responsibilities. Her goal is to ensure that students understand course content and pass all exams necessary to advance their careers.

She recently served as student honors preceptor for Rebecca Busler, a 2014 Olivet graduate, in the completion of Busler’s honors research project on “Effectiveness of Wellness and Life Skills Education for Adolescent Females of Inner-City East St. Louis.”

In 2011, she co-led a team of nine students — including six nursing students — on a mission trip to Argentina. The group traveled 27,000 miles to assist an Argentine church by conducting medical clinics; providing dental hygiene training; distributing clothing; and assisting families in finding clean drinking water. During five days of six-hour clinics, they saw more than 900 patients.

She is a member of the National League for Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing; and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. In the local community, Tuttle serves on the Kankakee County (Ill.) Breast Feeding Coalition.

She holds a BSN from the University of Texas, an MSN from Texas Women’s University and a PhD from Capella University. She was instrumental in the launch and recent expansion of the Virtual Learning Center for Olivet’s Department of Nursing.

“She devotes countless hours and great energy to preparing our nursing students to become knowledgeable and caring professionals,” Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs, said in the release. “Her dedication and commitment are inspiring to all who know and work with her. She remains passionate about the nursing profession and nursing education.”


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