Considering a career in nursing? The Department of Nursing offers the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. We hope these Web pages offer you a glimpse of the exciting opportunities available to you as a student.
Our BSN program offers two tracks that provide educational opportunities for individuals who are seeking a career in nursing or are registered nurses endeavoring to increase their knowledge, expertise, and earning capabilities. The various tracks in the BSN program prepare practitioners that are capable of decision making in the care of individuals, families, groups and communities. Our BSN graduates are prepared and successfully obtain employment in structured and unstructured settings such as acute care facilities, community and public health, and leadership roles in health care.
Our Departmental Mission, which supports the University Mission, is to provide excellence in education through integration of liberal arts learning and professional education that prepare professional nurses to provide quality nursing care to individuals, families, groups and communities with diverse health needs. Students get hands-on experience in a top-rated health care community facilitated by outstanding nursing faculties, which facilitate achievement of graduate competencies. Students are provided opportunity to develop skills as leaders who will be successful in transforming the health and well-being of our communities.
Leadership and governance opportunities for students are available for those who wish to serve as representatives to the university or in the Nursing Student Organization (NSO).
We welcome you to our University and invite you to explore this site to open the possibilities that are before you at Rockford University.
Nancy K. Kertz, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN
Assistant Dean for Nursing Education
Nurse Administrator

Phone: 815-226-4054 
‌ NKertz@rockford.edu
Cheryl Troxel
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. Rockford University
M.S.N. St. Anthony College of Nursing

Phone: 815-226-4111
E-mail: CTroxel@rockford.edu

Professor Cheryl Troxel, Faculty Chair of the Nursing Department, Assistant Professor of Nursing, is a 2004 Cum Laude graduate of Rockford College®. After graduation she worked at Centegra Health System in Woodstock, Illinois. Professor Troxel worked in the pediatric and the medical/surgical departments, eventually becoming charge nurse of the pediatric department. In 2006, she started her graduate work at Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford. Professor Troxel was a recipient of the Nurse Educators Scholarship Program through the state of Illinois, which contributed financially to her graduate work. During this time, she continued her work in pediatrics. In 2009, Professor Troxel began working in OSF Medical Groups in family practice and internal medicine. After obtaining her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a focus on Nursing Education in 2010, she began working at Rockford University in the fall of 2010. A particular research area of interest for Professor Troxel is the impact that methamphetamines have on the healthcare system.

Professor Troxel is currently teaching or has taught Child Health Nursing, Nursing Research, Adult Health Nursing, Special Topics in Nursing, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Fundamentals of Nursing. She is a member and scholarship committee chairperson of the Stateline Nurses Network. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, National League of Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau: Phi Omicron Chapter in Rockford.  

Nola Addante
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Department Chair

B.S., Northern Illinois University
M.S., University of Phoenix

E-mail: NAddante@rockford.edu

Professor Nola Addante has been in the faculty role at Rockford University since 2010. She currently teaches Community Health Nursing. She has also taught adult health, adult health clinical, pathopharmacology, nutrition, and has co-taught leadership and management in nursing, senior seminar, and the NCLEX prep course.

In the fall of 2014, Professor Addante achieved the distinction of a Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nursing. Some of the other roles that Professor Addante has had at Rockford University are first-year advisor, forum administrator, and the NSO (Nursing Student Advisor).

Professor Addante graduated from NIU in 1997 with a B.S. in Nursing. Her nursing career includes such experiences as the operating room, home health, outpatient surgery, and oncology. She received a Master's Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010. In addition, Professor Addante is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Leadership in Higher Education at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honor society) and the American Nurse's Association.

Andrea Anderson
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S.N., University of Illinois at Chicago

Phone: 815-226-4139
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: AAnderson@rockford.edu

Assistant Professor Andrea Anderson joined Rockford University in the fall of 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. Ms. Anderson completed her master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Rockford campus in 2001 with a concentration in psychiatric nursing. Her master’s project was a Concept Analysis of Childhood Aggression. Ms. Anderson has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1996. Her experience varies greatly from outpatient mental health services with children and adults, acute inpatient mental health units specializing in children and adults, group homes in community settings, and addiction rehabilitation and detoxification facilities.
Denise Boxleitner
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. University of St. Francis
M.S.N, St. Anthony College of Nursing

Phone: 815-226-4126
E-mail: Dboxleitner@rockford.edu

Professor Denise Boxleitner joined Rockford University in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Nursing. Her registered nurse career began in 1981 after graduating from Rock Valley College. Many years of nursing experience were gained as a staff nurse among diverse patient populations in ICU, ER, OB, Labor & Delivery, Home Health and Oncology. Returning to school for a Bachelors Degree in Health Arts in 1995 from the University of St. Francis and again in 2011 to complete a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from Saint Anthony College of Nursing brought Denise to her position at Rockford University teaching the Fundamentals of Contemporary Nursing Practice. Denise has maintained her certification as an OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) and is an active member of the local Oncology Nursing Society Chapter. An active member of the Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Denise is a member of the Governance Committee. Denise actively participates in local community service projects and encourages student involvement. Together they have provided volunteer service for The Rock River Valley Pantry, The American Red Cross and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.
Jacqueline Garland
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. Northern Illinois University
M.S.N. Lewis University

Phone: 815-226-4086
E-mail: JGarland@rockford.edu

Professor Garland’s education has expanded throughout the years since first starting in nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She received her BSN from Northern Illinois University and MSN from Lewis University. Currently she is attending Northern Illinois University seeking her EdD. "My personal belief is that learning is a life-time process. Everything a person learns, will impact the person we become. We learn daily through our personal beliefs, our morals, ethics, and, through our world views. I will always be enhancing my skills as a nursing educator.” 
As a registered nurse, she has had numerous years of nursing experience in the emergency room, psychiatric unit, intensive care unit, cardiac, orthopedics, geriatric, medical-surgical and correctional nursing. To date, she works PRN on a medical-surgical unit with occasional transfer to telemetry. 

Professor Garland became interested in nursing education while working in a community college in the nursing lab, pursuing her MSN. She has experience as clinical instructor on pediatric and medical-surgical units. As a nursing educator, she has had great enjoyment working with nursing students in nursing fundamentals, health assessment, geriatrics, adult health, and nursing issues. 
As a licensed Illinois massage therapist, she was guest speaker at a community hospital to the diabetic population on benefits of massage therapy, and has been a guest speaker, for the physical therapy department at a community college regarding working relationships between nursing and physical therapists. She was an instructor for the American Red Cross, has been a volunteer in Parish Nursing and participates every summer delivering Meals on Wheels. 
Kimberly Hartwig
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University

M.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
Phone: 815-226-4016
E-mail: Khartwig@rockford.edu
Kimberly McCullough
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N. Rockford University
M.S.N. St. Anthony College of Nursing

Phone: 815-226-4059
Fax: 815-394-5166
E-mail: kmccullough@rockford.edu

Assistant Professor Kim McCullough joined Rockford University in the spring of 2013 as an adjunct clinical instructor. She accepted a full-time tenure faculty position in the fall of 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing form Rockford College® in 2007. Professor McCullough completed her master’s degree at St. Anthony College of Nursing in 2013 with a concentration in nursing education. Her master’s project was a literature review on "Educating Nurse’s on End-of-life Care”.

Professor McCullough has worked in the areas of orthopedics, medical surgical and home care. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. 

Helen Lawhorn
Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
M.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University

Rockford University Department of Nursing is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDFPR) www.idfpr.com and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; phone (404) 975 5000; fax (404) 975-5020; www.acenursing.org.