Kimberly Oosterhouse Awarded Distinguished Education in Gerontological Nursing
Congratulations to Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, for being recognized as a 2019 Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, a national organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for older adults.
Oosterhouse received her BS from Hope College in New Holland, Michigan. She received her BSN from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, her MSN from Rush University Chicago, and her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a nurse for 27 years and a nurse educator for 18 years.
“This recognition is a tremendous honor,” said Oosterhouse. “I am blessed that I get to work in areas that I am passionate about: education, nursing, and improving outcomes of older adults through education, service, and scholarship. I feel privileged to work at Loyola and be on the Niehoff faculty, where my work is supported by my colleagues, mentors, and administrators,” she said.
The NHCGNE will honor Oosterhouse in November at its 2019 Leadership Conference on Aging in Austin, Texas.
This is the second year the NHCGNE has recognized Distinguished Nursing Educators with this award. In 2018, 33 nursing professionals from around the world were inducted into the inaugural distinguished educator class.
The NHCGNE believes it is crucial to have well-trained nurse educators to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for the rapidly growing older adult population. The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program recognizes the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older people in diverse settings.