Ketterling named state’s Nurse Educator of the Year

Julie Ketterling, assistant professor of practice in the NDSU School of Nursing, was named state Nurse Educator of the Year by the North Dakota Nursing Students’ Association during the group’s virtual convention in January.

Ketterling is a family nurse practitioner with interests in adolescent health, women’s health, anxiety/depression, obesity, health promotion and disease prevention, and chronic disease management.

Nursing students who nominated Ketterling for the award commented:

  • “She is very adaptive and changes her ways to help best meet our learning needs."
  •  "She paces her teaching to be a learning focused style. She pauses to make sure there is a general understanding before moving on, and we appreciate that so much!"
  • “She taught us so much about patient centered care and how we as nurses can advocate for patients. Not only did we learn about medications in her pharmacology class, but we learned a lot about patient care as well.”
  •  "She helped me see medicine in a new way."

As a faculty member, Ketterling teaches health assessment, pharmacology for nursing, advanced practice roles, and family primary care practicums at NDSU.

Ketterling is the fifth NDSU faculty member to receive the state Nurse Educator of the Year award over the last five years. Previous faculty recipients in the NDSU School of Nursing include:  Trish Strom, Abigail Vetter, Kolby Schaeffer Fraase, and Becky McDaniel.

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