LCON’s Ashley Hasselbring Earns Fellowship through State Board

Jan. 3, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

University of St. Francis (USF) Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator Ashley Hasselbring, MSN, R.N., CCRN, was recently selected as a Nurse Educator Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Hasselbring was one of only 19 educators in Illinois to be awarded the fellowship this year worth $10,000, which was established to recognize nurse educators who have excelled in their areas of specialty.

Hasselbring will use the fellowship award to fund the advancement of an online coursework series she is designing for adjunct clinical faculty members in USF’s Leach College of Nursing.

“Our adjunct clinical faculty play such a crucial part in nursing education and we value them so much. This expanded program will provide an opportunity to collaborate with their peers, while also allowing them to grow in their respective areas of instruction,” Hasselbring said.

In the coming months, Hasselbring plans to research some of the technological components needed to design the program and then use the summer months to create online video content. The program will launch this coming fall.

While the fellowship award is for one year (she can re-apply for the fellowship in five years), Hasselbring envisions her new program evolving beyond that window.

“I see this program developing into an important piece of how our clinical adjuncts acclimate to and grow within USF to best serve our students. I’m excited to see how it grows from year to year and plan to update it and enhance it as time passes and as feedback is gathered,” she said.

Hasselbring will also be invited to share her fellowship plans and activities with other Fellows and members of the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Advisory Board in June, and can also participate in upcoming advocacy meetings.

“Ashley Hasselbring has been an invaluable asset to the Leach College of Nursing.  She created and administers a universal orientation program for clinical adjuncts so they are well versed in our values, expectations and curriculum.  Ashley also maintains contact with all of our undergraduate adjuncts and assures our students receive the best education possible,” said USF Leach College of Nursing Dean Carol Wilson, Ph.D., FNP-BC.

When she arrived at USF over three years ago, Hasselbring’s role consolidated individual responsibilities from several faculty and staff members into a position that was tasked with identifying clinical sites (hospitals, community agencies, etc.) from Chicago to Ottawa, securing placements and adjunct faculty, creating a clinical schedule and dispersing the schedule to students.

“My position was created to streamline some of our clinical processes and has continued to transform over time. We have gained several clinical sites and clinical adjunct faculty over the past few years and have continued to develop some wonderful partnerships in our field,” Hasselbring said.

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