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Gleason Named Associate Dean of School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dr. Robyn Gleason has been named the Associate Dean for the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western. Gleason has an extensive history in both the practice of nursing and health professions as well as teaching. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Regent’s College; bachelor’s of science in nursing at Florida Southern College; master’s of science in nursing, master’s of public health, and her doctorate in nursing - public policy, from the University of Florida. Dr. Gleason has taught at universities in Florida since 2002, including the University of Florida College of Nursing, Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing and Keiser University. “I told my husband that this opportunity would be like chasing an adventure,” Gleason said. “I’m not getting any younger, and I like new adventures and stepping out of my comfort zone. This was definitely a step out of my comfort zone.” Along with chasing this new adventure, Gleason hopes to accomplish a few benchmark goals in her time at Western. She wants to help grow the school and the program, focus on meeting the community’s needs, and she wants to provide an education to students in order for them to become productive members of the healthcare field. “I want community members to say, ‘I had a nurse from Missouri Western!’,” Gleason said. Faith Kauffman, a junior in the nursing program, is looking towards the bright future of the Western School of Nursing and Health Professions. “We are all looking forward to the positive changes to the program here at Missouri Western,” Kauffman said. "And we hope to see great things for future nursing students and the program as a whole.” Gleason’s unique background will be a perfect fit, not only to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, but to the university as a whole. “I believe that my background and experiences will strengthen this department because I’ve been through every level of nursing,” Gleason said. “I did not start as a CNA [Certified Nursing Assistant], but I did start as an LPN [Licensed Practical Nurse], then became an RN [Registered Nurse], BSN [Bachelor of Science in Nursing] and finally an NP [Nurse Practitioner]. I’ve been involved in all aspects of health professions, not just nursing.” The School of Nursing and Health Professions was created earlier this academic year within the College of Professional Studies. The school houses degree programs such as the Nursing BSN, Nursing MSN, Population Health Management, Health Information Management, as well as Physical Therapist Assistant.

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