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Nursing Department Advisory Committee
Departments that have strong service components benefit from direct connections to those they serve. That was the reason for setting up the Nursing Department Advisory Committee, made up of people who benefit from the services of the Dordt College nursing program in some way.
The eighteen members of the current committee represent a wide range of organizations in the community: hospitals, schools, businesses, churches, health consumers, students, alumni, and even other nursing programs. This helps keep department faculty Pam Hulstein and Kate Vander Veen aware of the local nursing needs and issues in the community.
Kate Vander Veen
At its semi-annual meetings, nursing department chair Hulstein apprises the committee members of such things as program updates, accreditation news, enrollment numbers, and other information she thinks they may be interested in knowing or that will help them offer feedback on the program. She also poses questions to committee members to elicit responses and suggestions. The last advisory committee meeting discussion focused on the value of service learning and how it might look in a nursing program. Hulstein says such conversations are beneficial as they adapt and revise their curriculum to keep the program the best it can be.