Nursing

August 31, 2017

Seven first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Donna Engh and Stephanie Whaley from the 3M Community Support Group were on campus on August 31 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Cheyenne Asbury, Malta; Taralyn Dale, Lindenwood; Wilma Diaz, DeKalb; Jannik Dismuke, DeKalb; Stephanie Hardcastle, Rochelle; Jennifer Johnson, Rochelle; and Teague Walker, Sycamore.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

Since 2010, the 3M Community Support Group in DeKalb has been awarding Littman stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students each semester. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit www.3m.com.


Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are, L to R: Donna Engh, 3M Community Support Group; Jannik Dismuke, DeKalb; Teague Walker, Sycamore; Taralyn Dale, Lindenwood; Cheyenne Asbury, Malta; Wilma Diaz, DeKalb; Jennifer Johnson, Rochelle; and Stephanie Whaley, 3M Community Support Group. Not pictured is Stephanie Hardcastle, Rochelle, who also was a Littman recipient.

Categories: Nursing
June 1, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program held an induction ceremony for the Alpha Delta Nu (ADN) Nursing Honor Society on Wednesday, May 17, on campus. Twelve second-year nursing students were inducted as new members of ADN. Patricia Mitchell and June Callahan are the Faculty Advisors to the Kishwaukee College chapter.

ADN is the official honor society of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Kishwaukee College is home to one of the 85 chapters nationwide. To be eligible for admission to ADN, nursing students must have completed two semesters of Nursing program coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, have a minimum 87% (B) average in all nursing courses and complete a leadership project. The Spring 2017 induction class’ leadership project to increase awareness of nursing as a career through local outreach activities to area high schools.

The induction ceremony at Kishwaukee College included welcoming remarks by Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education, at Kishwaukee College. Representing the new inductees was student speaker and ADN President Anna Hartnett.

The inductees received their ADN pins from each other to signify their interconnectedness as they complete their educational journey as nursing students. Chapter advisors June Callahan and Pat Mitchell bestowed each with an honor cord.

The twelve nursing students inducted into the Kishwaukee College chapter of Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society are: Taylor Bonnevier, DeKalb; Heather Borgardt, DeKalb; Amanda Ericson, Sycamore, Vice President of ADN; Angelica Garcia, Cortland; Anna Hartnett, DeKalb, President of ADN; Danika McKenna, Sycamore; Tyler Prewitt, DeKalb, Secretary of ADN; Robert Sarto, DeKalb; Courtney Scott, Rochelle; Courtney Seisser, Genoa; Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb; and Arija Weber, DeKalb.

For more information on the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College, contact the Nursing Department at 815-825-9805.


Pictured are the inductees -  front row, L to R: Arija Weber, DeKalb; Taylor Bonnevier, DeKalb; Courtney Seisser, Genoa; Amanda Ericson, Sycamore; and Robert Sarto, DeKalb. Back row, L to R: Tyler Prewitt, DeKalb; Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb; Courtney Scott, Rochelle; Heather Borgardt, DeKalb; Danika McKenna, Sycamore; Angelica Garcia, Cortland; and Anna Hartnett, DeKalb.

Categories: Nursing
May 5, 2017

Bette Chilton, Dean of the Health & Education Division at Kishwaukee College, has announced the 2016 exam pass rates for Health Occupations released by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. “I couldn’t be prouder of our faculty and students,” Chilton stated. “Our Nursing graduates again exceeded the state and national averages for passing the exams for licensure.”

The Nursing Program posted a 94% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).  NCLEX-RN is administered to nursing graduates for licensure in the United States. The state average for the exam was 91 percent and the national average was 84 percent. 

Nursing continues to be one of the country’s fastest growing occupations, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2020, positions for RNs are expected to grow by 19 percent. The profession is currently facing a shortage as Baby Boomers age and require more medical care.

For more information on the Nursing Programs at Kishwaukee College, contact the Health & Education Division at 815-825-9354.


Pictured are several of the 2016 graduates and staff: Kay Singer, Nursing Faculty; Diane George, Sycamore; Lisa Regelbrugge, Malta; Misty Roquet, Sycamore; Amanda Taylor, Kirkland; and Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education at Kishwaukee College.

February 8, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program received notification from RegisteredNurse.org that it has been named one of the Top 20 Nursing Programs in Illinois. The Kish Program was ranked 14th out of 76 programs evaluated.

RegisteredNurse.org evaluated programs primarily on factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. The evaluation included NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) Pass Rates over a several year period for each institution. NCLEX-RN is administered to nursing graduates for licensure in the United States. The Kish Nursing Program posted a 96% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN in 2015, the most recent year data is available. National pass rate for 2015 NCLEX-RN was 85% and the State of Illinois pass rate was 86%.

Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education stated, "We are honored to be recognized by RegisteredNurse.org! I think it speaks volumes as to the quality of our program, faculty and students at Kishwaukee College."  

Kelly Soost, Coordinator of Nursing, added, "This state ranking reflects our students' commitment to excellence as nursing professionals. A large component in determining the ranking was first time pass rate on the NCLEX and our students surpass the state and national averages every year. Congratulations to our faculty and students for this recognition!"

For more information on the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College, contact the Health & Education division at 815-825-9354.

Categories: Nursing
September 14, 2015

Five first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt, from the 3M Community Support Group was on campus on September 9 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Suzi Albers, Rochelle; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; and Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

Since 2010, the 3M Community Support Group in DeKalb has been awarding Littman stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kishwaukeecollege.edu; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit www.3m.com


Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are, L to R, Jon Pruitt, 3M Community Support Group; Suzi Albers, Rochelle; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; and Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education at Kishwaukee College.

Categories: Nursing