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Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE

Virginia_Wangerin_PhD_RN_CNEDr. Virginia "Ginny" Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE is an educator, consultant, and speaker with over thirty years’ experience in nursing. She has been a bedside nurse, educator, administrator and community volunteer. She led the Des Moines Area Community College nursing program through significant growth and success during her tenure as faculty, program chair and District Director. She has also taught at the BSN and graduate level, and is currently Director of an RN-BSN program with multi-state locations and an innovative concurrent enrollment partnership with associate degree programs. Ginny has successfully led programs through the accreditation process with NLNAC and CCNE, and served as consultant for state accreditation/approval processes. President of the Iowa Nurses Association from 2007 to 2011, she spends time advocating for nursing and healthcare issues at the state and national level. She was invited by Senator Tom Harkin to join him at the National Press Club in May 2009 where she talked about "Chronic Disease - Impact on Health Care". Ginny served on the Governor's Nursing Task Force in 2008 and the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control from 2002-2007 and several statewide nursing task forces impacting practice and nursing regulation as well as health care organization boards of directors. She is currently on the Iowa Board of Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee. As a leader in the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Coalition, she was instrumental in activities furthering nursing practice and education in the state. Ginny was one of four nurses profiled in "The American Nurse", May/June 2009 as a nurse educator and advocate whose “efforts are aimed at improving the lives of patients and colleagues.” In October 2011 she was honored by the Iowa Nurses Association with the Edith Ruppert Award, in recognition of having contributed significantly to the improvement of nursing and the professional organization.