M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago
M.B.A., Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
B.A., Lewis University
While a student at UIC, she was chosen as the first DNP recipient to receive the prestigious two-year Jonas Healthcare Scholarship, and in January of 2016 presented a toolkit on nurse mentoring at the Jonas Scholars Conference in Washington, DC. She also received the four-year Children of Veterans Scholarship while at UIC. Her DNP project focused on interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives, and she developed an IPE program for medical and pharmacy students to job-shadow with nurse practitioners (NPs) in order to enhance communication and collaboration skills among health care providers. The results of this project are pending publication. Dr. Monahan has presented at various conferences on IPE and mentorship. She is presently working on three additional research projects. One project involves developing interprofessional educational experiences for internal medicine, family medicine and rehabilitation medical residents working with wound/ostomy/continence nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL. Another project involves nurse practitioner and pharmacy students developing knowledge in the interprofessional domains of interprofessional communication, roles and responsibilities, and teams and teamwork while in immersion experiences in Haiti. A third project involves interprofessional education program developments for medical, pharmacy, undergraduate nursing and graduate nursing students.
Dr. Monahan has previously created coursework and taught master’s level nursing administration students at Elmhurst College, and master’s and doctorate level nurse practitioner students at UIC. Her nursing experiences include working as a staff nurse, nurse educator, adjunct faculty, project manager, and nursing faculty. Prior to becoming a nurse, she has had extensive experience as an executive at Commonwealth Edison structuring utility power contracts between various utilities in the U.S. and Canada.
M.S.N., University of Phoenix
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University
Other campus activities include that of being a first year advisor since 2012, and the forum administrator, beginning in the fall 2013.
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.
Hobbies/interests: "I was a musician before becoming a nurse – I play the piano, organ, and flute in addition to singing. Occasionally, I play the organ and piano at weddings. And, I’ve been playing piano at a friend’s restaurant periodically this past month. I attend Heartland Community Church weekly, and really like it there. I’ve been on a mission trip to Haiti, and hope to some day return there or go on a medical mission trip (probably to Africa). I love dogs – the three that I have (toy poodle, chow, and cocker spaniel) keep me active as I have to go out and walk them every day. I LOVE to travel – especially to warmer climates (like Mexico) in the middle of winter! My dream is to one day go to Italy (this is #1 on my "bucket list").
B.S.N., University of Illinois at Chicago
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.
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.
O.C.N., Oncology Certified Nurse
M.S.N., St. Anthony College of Nursing
B.S.N., University of St. Francis
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.
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University
A.S., Sauk Valley Community College
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.
B.S.N., Olivet Nazarene University
Professor Hartwig spent her nursing career in the Women’s and Children’s arena and is a Certified Registered Nurse in the field of Maternal-Newborn Nursing. She is a member of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses) and also Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, and the Stateline Nurses Network.
Professor Hartwig is the faculty advisor for RU’s Nursing Student Organization (NSO), a member of the Forum Committee and co-chair of the department’s Curriculum and Assessment Committee.
B.S. Nursing - Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
A.S. Nursing - Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL
Professor Lawhorn has a strong background in bedside nursing and nursing administration. She has worked in several areas of nursing: Medical–Surgical, Intensive Care, Obstetrics, Emergency Department and Nursing Administration. She holds certifications in Trauma and Advances Life Support as well as several certifications in Pediatrics and Nursing Administration.
Professor Lawhorn has a passion for medicine and nursing. She incorporates her philosophy of servant leadership into the classroom.
B.S.N. Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL
A.D.N., Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
Coming from a family of educators, Professor Lewis has not only found her passion in nursing, she is passionate about education as well. She first encountered nursing education while working on the orthopedic unit teaching perioperative classes to patients undergoing total joint surgeries. She has also played a pivotal role in mentoring and precepting new nurses and nursing students to the orthopedic unit and to the emergency department. She continues to stay active working in the emergency department on a PRN basis.
B.S.N. Rockford University
Professor McCullough has worked in the areas of orthopedics, medical surgical and home care. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.