Dr. Susan Hibben Named Associate Dean for LCON

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis’ Leach College of Nursing recently announced that Susan A. Hibben, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE, has been named its new Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. Hibben, who will serve a dual role as she also continues on as the Program Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), began her new duties at USF on June 1, 2020. 

Hibben succeeds Susan Thompson, DNP, ACNS-BC, who will continue her faculty role in USF’s Leach College of Nursing.

“We look forward to the continued growth and enhancement of our graduate programs under the leadership of Dr. Susan Hibben. The USF Community congratulates Susan on her new role,” said Ebere Ume, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., PHN Dean of the Leach College of Nursing.

Hibben, who has been a faculty member with USF since 2012, is looking forward to continuing her efforts toward helping nursing students prepare for their careers.

“I plan to continue helping, serving and supporting students and colleagues achieve their professional goals and dreams.  Together with the college team, we will also navigate through this pandemic period toward a strong recovery period of growth and return to a new, yet perhaps different, normal,” Hibben said.

Hibben has a Ph.D. in education from Northcentral University along with her MSN in nursing administration from the University of Phoenix. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Leticia Garcia ’13

Alumni Spotlight: Leticia Garcia ’13

female nurse with full protective gearThe outstanding LCON alumna is using her USF education in the fight against COVID-19.

We are thankful for nursing alumna Leticia Garcia, BSN ’13 and the work she is doing in the fight against COVID-19. Here’s what she has to say:

I graduated from USF in May 2013. I work in Labor and Delivery at Silver Cross Hospital, my dream job since I delivered my daughter at Silver Cross 11 years ago.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, patients are only allowed to have one visitor on our unit. As their nurse I have to take the place of their mom, their sister, or their best friend. It’s sad that during such a special moment grandparents and siblings can’t come visit. Our waiting rooms are empty. Everything keeps changing day by day.

female nurse standing in hospital hallwayIt’s hard to take it all in, but as a nurse you have to stay strong for your patients and reassure them everything will be ok and “normal” soon, even though you yourself have no idea what’s to come.

Patients and their one visitor are to wear face masks at all times. Imagine that, delivering a baby when it’s already difficult to breath and now with a mask over your face. Nurses, OBs and staff have to wear an N-95 mask, a second mask over it, and a face shield during all deliveries—how impersonal! I just hope I can make my patients’ experiences the safest and most memorable with these circumstances. They are the reason why I became an OB nurse.

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Leach College of Nursing Re-accreditation Review

October 31, 2019

Dear Nursing Students, Faculty and the University of St. Francis Community,

The Leach College of Nursing will be hosting a reaccreditation review visit by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on April 6-8, 2020. The Self-study documents will be submitted to CCNE no later than Monday, February 24, 2020.

The following degrees/programs will be evaluated for re-accreditation during this visit:

  • BSN – Prelicensure and RN-BSN Completion
  • MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN – Nursing Education, and MSN -Nursing Administration; and
  • PMC – PMC – Family Nurse Practitioner, PMC-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP – Doctor of Nursing Practice

CCNE will accept written third-party comments until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation in April. All written third-party comments must be received by CCNE by Monday, March 16, 2020. If you wish to send any written comments directly to CCNE prior to the site visit, please send your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street NW
Suite 750
Washington DC 20001

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Please note that CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments, if any, that relate to the accreditation standards.

If you have any questions about the upcoming accreditation visit, please contact me and join our weekly faculty CCNE preparation meetings.


Ebere Ume, PhD, MSN, RN, PHN
Dean, Leach College of Nursing