University of St. Francis Undergraduate Clinical Placement Coordinator Ashley Hasselbring was honored with the 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader Award by the Illinois Nurses Foundation.
The annual award recognizes 40 Illinois registered nurses younger than 40 who are positively affecting health care and the nursing profession, and who shape its future by positively representing it in their communities and through professional organizations, according to a news release.
“It is such an honor to be recognized for doing what I love,” Hasselbring said in the release. “I love being a nurse and sharing that love with future nurses.”
Among her responsibilities at USF, Hasselbring works to identify clinical sites such as hospitals and community agencies from Chicago to Ottawa, securing placements and adjunct faculty, creating a clinical schedule, and distributing the schedule to nursing students.
“It is essential to foster partnerships in the area for our nursing students to give them a well-rounded perspective of nursing,” she said. “Nursing is so great because of the variety of specialties available to care for others.”
Hasselbring will receive the award at the Illinois Nurses Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Awards event Sept. 12 in Lisle. She was also selected as a Nurse Educator Fellow by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, one of only 19 educators in Illinois to win the $10,000 fellowship, which was established to recognize nurse educators who have excelled in their areas of specialty.