November 2, 2021

BSN program ranked 10th by U.S. News

tenth BSN program per U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News & World Report placed the University of Minnesota 10th in its first-ever ranking of the Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

The review of more than 690 schools with BSN degree programs was compiled from surveys of top academics and officials at nursing schools or departments. The full list of programs and methodology can be found in the U.S. News Graduate School Compass.

School receives 6th consecutive Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for top colleges for diversity in 2021

For the sixth consecutive year, the School of Nursing received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. The school was one of only 13 nursing schools to receive the HEED Award, which honors U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

School names inaugural Global Health Faculty Scholars

The School of Nursing announced the slate of inaugural Global Health Faculty Scholars. The 2021-2023 cohort includes Cynthia Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, Nasra Giama, DNP, RN, PHN, Barb McMorris, PhD, Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, RN, Sripriya Rajamani, PhD, MPH, MBBS, FAMIA, and Erica Schorr, PhD, RN, FAHA.

Through a Global Health Faculty Scholars’ Community of Practice, School of Nursing Faculty Scholars will learn together, exchange and challenge ideas, and collaborate with faculty from partner schools of nursing on research, practice or education focused projects. The Global Health Faculty Scholars Program supports the advancement of global health through meaningful partnerships around the world.

Outstanding preceptors honored at ceremony

The school recognized the 2020-2021 outstanding preceptors at ceremony during the Doctor of Nursing Practice Enhancement and Enrichment Programming day. Each specialty was invited to recognize two outstanding preceptors in 2020-2021. Those interested in working with graduate nursing students as a preceptor can learn more at

Sean Murray, at University of Minnesota Physicians, and Christina Wiekamp, at HealthEast, were honored for being Adult Health/Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist preceptors.

Leesa Cachuela, at Health Partners, and June Van Valkenburg, at Allina Health Centennial Lakes were honored for being Adult Health/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner preceptors.

Melissa Lachowitzer, at North Memorial Elk River Clinic, and Rebecca Skoler, at Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), were honored for being Family Nurse Practitioner preceptors.

Lori Skinner, at Medica, was honored for being a Health Innovation and Leadership preceptor.

Amy Quarberg, at M Health Fairview St. John’s Hospital, was honored for being an Integrative Health and Healing preceptor.

Bobbi Gagliano, at M Health West Bank/Masonic/UMMC, and Jill Lange, at Minneapolis VA Medical Center, were honored for being Nurse Anesthesia preceptors.

Lois Cannon, at Health Partners, and Michele Stegeman, at Health Partners, were honored for being Nurse Midwifery preceptors.

Clarence Jones, at Hue-MAN Partnership, and Shannon Merillat, at American Academy of Neurology, were honored for being Nursing Informatics preceptors.

Chanon Ridore, at Hennepin Healthcare, and Allison Goulson, at Partners in Pediatrics, were honored for being Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care preceptors.

Kristin Hjartardottir, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Mary Warin, at Mental Health Resources, were honored for being Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner preceptors.

Kara Stender, at Hennepin County Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, and Jenna Wygant, at Mayo Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic were honored for being Women’s Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner preceptors.

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