Alverno College Appoints New Dean of Nursing

June 15, 2010

Patricia Schroeder, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, has been appointed Dean of Alverno College’s School of Nursing. In this role, she will provide leadership to the School of Nursing and partner with faculty to foster student achievement.


Schroeder brings 35 years of nursing and executive experience to the College. Most recently, she was the Executive Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, ProHealth Care System. In that role she was responsible for leading clinical services for the 78-bed hospital with 600 employees. Prior to that position, Schroeder served as Senior Vice President for Clinical Performance/Chief Nursing Officer at Covenant Healthcare Systems (currently Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare).


In addition, Schroeder was the editor of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality for 18 years and has authored six texts on health care and nursing quality improvement, among others. She has presented hundreds of workshops, presentations and panels locally, nationally and internationally on healthcare quality, nursing excellence, healthcare leadership, organizational change and advancement within the healthcare environment.


Schroeder’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives (W-ONE), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Awards and honors include “Best Nurse Leader” in the publication ADVANCE for Nurses for the Greater Chicago/Wisconsin/Indiana area, induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), receiving the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards, Signa Theta Tau International, among others.


Alverno College’s undergraduate nursing enrollment continues to climb. The undergraduate nursing program has been fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing since 1953. Launched in 2005, Alverno’s Master of Science in Nursing program also is fully accredited.


About Alverno

Alverno College, a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college for women, exists to promote the personal and professional development of its students. The college has earned accolades and respect internationally for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, and has consulted with three U.S. presidential administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education. Educators from throughout the world visit Alverno to learn about its proven, student-centered teaching methods.


Alverno offers more than 35 major program areas of study, including graduate programs in education, nursing and business that are open to women and men. For more information about Alverno, visit our website at or call 414-382-6100.




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