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Nursing Professor Honored with Emerging Leader Award

Jamie Hilderbrand, "40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader"
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NWU nursing professor Jamie Hilderbrand has been recognized by the Nebraska Action Coalition - Future of Nursing as one of its emerging nurse leaders.

A Nebraska Wesleyan University nursing professor has been recognized for her leadership in the nursing profession.

Jamie Hilderbrand, assistant professor of nursing and program director for NWU's undergraduate BSN degree, has been recognized by the Nebraska Action Coalition - Future of Nursing as a "40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader" honoree. She was presented her award during the NAC Leadership Conference on November 2nd.

Hilderbrand was recognized for her contributions to leadership within the nursing profession through clinical practice, education and teaching, administrative leadership, research, mentoring and healthcare innovation. She was selected among 78 nominations.

Hilderbrand has 10 years of experience teaching in traditional nursing programs. She is active in the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, serving as a past board member for over five years; advises NWU’s Student Nursing Association and coordinates the simulation lab on campus.

"I always make sure my students know how much I love nursing and what they can do to be a nursing leader in school and after graduation," said Hilderbrand. "I truly believe that fostering future nursing leaders begins on the first day of nursing school."

Hilderbrand has faciliated a Project Linus blanket event on campus bringing together 30 nursing students who made 50 blankets that were donated to the local community. Beyond campus, she serves as a parish nurse at her church, is active in her children’s school and presents her research locally and nationally on the topic of nursing student self-efficacy and simulation.

She earned her MSN degree from Nebraska Wesleyan.