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Long-time clinical educator to receive nursing alumnus award

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association will present its Outstanding Alumnus Award to Gregg L. Schroeder, Goessel, at the annual Bethel College Alumni Association banquet on campus May 23.

Schroeder was on the Bethel College nursing faculty from 1992-2008, starting as a clinical instructor in nursing and serving over the years as associate professor of nursing, assistant professor of nursing, interim director of nursing and, from 2005-08, director of nursing. He was also adjunct professor of elementary statistics at Hesston College, 2000-07.

Schroeder has a certificate in respiratory science from Aims College, Greeley, Colo., and A.A. degree in nursing from Hesston College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bethel College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University and has taken courses toward the Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His areas of specialization include simulation in nursing education; transcultural nursing; critical care; medical/surgical nursing; research process; and ARNP-CNS (adult).

At Bethel, Schroeder was instrumental in developing the Clinical Simulation program for nursing students. During his tenure as interim director and director of nursing, the department added significantly to its population of computer simulators, including SimMan®, Preemie Baby® and the birthing simulator Noelle, making Bethel’s one of only a handful of baccalaureate-level nursing programs in the state of Kansas with this depth and breadth of simulation capacity.

Schroeder also forged an important relationship with the Department of Nursing at Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Between 2002 and 2008, Schroeder took a number of groups of Bethel nursing students to Russia, where he also regularly gave Nursing Seminar lectures at the university. Over the years, he has given numerous presentations locally on health-care issues in Russia, as well as other health-care topics, to Bethel College’s Life Enrichment and Tabor College’s Learning in Retirement programs for senior citizens, Via Christi-St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita, the Kansas State Nursing Association (KSNA) District IV meeting and at the Kansas Learning Center for Health in Halstead.

Schroeder’s relationship with Novgorod State University’s nursing program led to his being named an honorary professor in the Department of Nursing and an honorary citizen of Veliky Novgorod. He also received the Honorary Jubilee Award from Novgorod State University in 2005.

Schroeder has been a clinical nurse since 2002 for the medical/surgical intensive care unit at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. He also worked at Halstead Hospital from 1986-2002, as a clinical nurse specialist, charge nurse and staff nurse in the ICCU and as a medical/surgical staff nurse.

Schroeder is a member of the Transcultural Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nurses and has been named to “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” and the Marquis “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest” and “Who’s Who in American Nursing.” He has been certified since 1986 as an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor and since 1990 as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) instructor. From 1992-2002, Schroeder served as president of the Bethel Deaconess Hospital/Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association.

Schroeder is married to Cindy J. Schroeder and they have one son, Jason Schroeder.

The BDH/BCNAA Outstanding Alumnus Award is given on the basis of dedication to the nursing profession, demonstrated leadership ability and creativity, and outstanding professionalism, to an alumnus who has promoted and elevated the general nursing image and is held in high regard by peers and the community.

Schroeder and other alumni award winners will be honored at the annual Alumni Banquet Saturday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Schroeder will also receive special recognition from the BDH/BCNAA Friday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2009 Fall Festival activities

All alumni and friends of Bethel are invited to the Alumni Banquet. Those making reservations will receive a discount if they do so with full payment by Friday, May 8. After that, all regular-price registrations must be received with payment by Wednesday, May 14.

Cost of the banquet is $17 per person if paying early, $19 regular price. To make a reservation, visit or phone Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 316-284-5205. Payment or credit card information is required when the reservation is made. (No refunds can be given after May 15, since the Alumni Office will have been charged for reserved meals by that date.) Attenders receive a personalized nametag at the door that serves as their banquet ticket.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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