Libner named Illinois Board of Nursing chair

February 17, 2015

Benedictine University’s nursing programs continue to build upon their past successes in order to provide students a challenging program staffed by experts and working professionals. To do so, faculty continue to assume leadership roles that keep them abreast of current and future needs in nursing.

Joan Libner, Ed.D., associate professor of Nursing and Health at Benedictine, recently was named chair of the Illinois Board of Nursing.

"It is a privilege to serve as a member of the Illinois Board of Nursing and as the chair since the annual election last July,” Libner said. “Members represent all aspects of nursing education, practice, and administration and include a public member – each bringing a unique perspective and expertise to maintaining the provisions of the Nurse Practice Act. Under the administration of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), these provisions are designed to protect the public's health by ensuring the safe practice of nursing.

“Major responsibilities of the Board of Nursing include recommending revision of rules for administering the act, reviewing proposed new pre-licensure nursing programs, monitoring existing program and participating in disciplinary conferences. It is an honor to work with my board colleagues and with IDFPR staff as a participant in the process of fostering safe nursing practice and serving the citizens of Illinois,” she said.

The Board of Nursing is comprised of 13 members, including advanced practice nurses, nurse educators, a licensed practical nurse, registered nurses in practice, a nurse administrator, and a public member. The board’s duties include making recommendations regarding adoption and revision of rules for the administration of the Nurse Practice Act, participating in disciplinary conferences and hearings, and recommending approval or discipline of nursing education programs.

“This is a big accomplishment requiring a tremendous amount of work on top of her dual role as Department of Nursing and Health chair and RN to BSN program director,” said Alison Ridge, Benedictine assistant professor and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program director.

Benedictine’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program is specifically designed for the working registered nurse (RN) who is juggling multiple life priorities. The program prepares nurses to address the healthcare needs of clients within the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Students enhance their knowledge of professional role expectations, evidence-based practice, community health and the management of complex health problems.

In addition, Ridge, D.N.P., program director for Benedictine University’s online M.S.N. program, was recently named to the Wiley Faculty Fellows program. According to a national press release, “Fellows are a select group of distinguished faculty from the network of Wiley partner schools who help catalyze innovation in teaching and learning on their respective campuses.”

The online M.S.N. program features two concentrations – Nurse Educator and Nurse Executive Leader. The Nurse Educator concentration focuses on preparing educators in clinical and academic settings through the application of knowledge in instructional design, teaching and learning theory, curriculum development and evaluation of learning. The Nurse Executive Leader concentration focuses on the development of nursing leaders to influence, design, transform and evaluate health systems and services.

The efforts of Benedictine’s distinguished nursing faculty help the University’s nursing graduates learn from accomplished educators and become leaders in their own careers. More than 1,000 students have completed nursing degree programs at Benedictine University since 2007, the University announced last May.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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