Chamberlain College of Nursing Appoints Carole R. Eldridge as Director of Graduate Programs — September 5, 2012

Contact: Sean McCarthy
MSL Chicago
For Chamberlain College of Nursing


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Sept. 5, 2012 – Chamberlain College of Nursing has announced the appointment of Carole R. Eldridge, DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC, as director of graduate programs. Dr. Eldridge has more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including nursing practice, education, research, and management. She previously served as president of Chamberlain’s Houston campus from 2010 to 2011. In her new role, Dr. Eldridge is responsible for curriculum and course development, faculty operations and student services for Chamberlain’s graduate degree programs. Dr. Eldridge is replacing Diana Meeks-Sjostrom, Ph.D., MSN, CS, FNP-BC, CNE, who returned to a graduate faculty role at Chamberlain.


“Dr. Eldridge is a key addition to Chamberlain’s academics team as we continue to develop graduate degree programs that prepare nurses for more advanced roles,” said Susan Groenwald, PhD(c), MSN, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “With leadership experience in academia, practice, and management, Dr. Eldridge will guide Chamberlain’s development of educational opportunities that will help nurses strengthen their careers, the nursing profession and patient care.”


Prior to her appointment at Chamberlain, Dr. Eldridge was a campus dean of nursing at West Coast University’s Dallas campus. Previously, she served as dean, campus director and associate professor for St. John’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University in Springfield, Mo. Dr. Eldridge spent the preceding 10 years developing and teaching nursing courses for degree programs, ranging from associate's to master’s and served as a nursing educator and staff development director at nursing colleges in Missouri and Texas. She has several years of experience leading healthcare consulting and management firms.


“Today’s nurse leaders have expanded responsibilities, at times addressing pivotal issues related to healthcare policy, education reform and technology integration, among others,” said Dr. Eldridge. “I share Chamberlain’s commitment to preparing nurses to address these challenges while meeting the demands of an evolving, more collaborative healthcare setting.” 


Dr. Eldridge earned a diploma in nursing from the Burge School of Nursing and a BSN degree from Evangel College, both in Springfield, Mo. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in nursing leadership and healthcare business from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago. She is Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified and a Certified Nurse Educator.


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About Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Arlington, Virginia in addition to online programs.


Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, HLC is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.


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