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Dr. Kimberley Meisinger Named Dean of Nursing at Nebraska Methodist College

Published: Nov. 15, 2022

Kimberley Meisinger, DNP, MS, RN, NE-BC, CNE, is the new dean of the Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) Division of Nursing.

Meisinger, who has served as interim dean since September, assumed her new role in early November.

“Dr. Meisinger brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and student-centered determination to Nebraska Methodist College,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Amy Clark. “She has occupied many leadership roles and is uniquely positioned to navigate our nursing programs through the challenges we have faced in the post-COVID learning environment.

“Our student population is dynamic, highly sought after and ever-changing. Ensuring that our faculty are provided with the tools needed to thrive in their classrooms and continue educating our exceptional students are core values of NMC that are in the capable hands of Dr. Meisinger.”

Dr. Meisinger has over 23 years of experience as a professional nurse and over 15 years of experience in teaching and higher education administration.

“I am extremely humbled and excited to lead the Division of Nursing at Nebraska Methodist College," Dr. Meisinger said. "The Division of Nursing has a rich history of being a leader of nursing education excellence. The nursing profession faces multiple complex issues like the nursing shortage, an aging population and more complex health conditions. Nebraska Methodist College and the Division of Nursing are great leaders in working with community partners to face these challenges.

“Through continued collaborations with our community partners, we can continue to act as partners in health. I am eager to build and expand on these relationships to serve our partners and to continue providing excellence in nursing education locally and regionally.”

In her previous administrative roles, Dr. Meisinger was responsible for the direct oversight, curriculum design and growth of four health professions programs. In addition, she led marketing and recruitment efforts, provided administrative oversight, balanced internal and external stakeholder interests, and coordinated adjunct and full-time faculty. She also led accreditation efforts for a registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program.

She has taught in higher education at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels in nursing, business and health professions.

As a registered nurse, Dr. Meisinger has clinical expertise in critical care nursing, medical surgical nursing and correctional health. She has had leadership roles within health care organizations to advance the professional roles of nurses.

She is a member of the National League of Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the Nebraska Nurses Association. Dr. Meisinger serves as director of the board of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, where she has led efforts on the social justice committee.

Dr. Meisinger received a doctor of nursing practice with an emphasis in clinical systems administration from Creighton University, a post-master’s certificate in forensic health from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University, a Master of Science in nursing with an emphasis in nursing education from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Her research interests include innovation in nursing education and health care services, victimology, victim and offender overlap, and routine activities theory.

Nursing education is at the heart of NMC. Established in 1891, NMC has more than 130 years of successful nursing graduates. NMC’s top accredited Division of Nursing offers certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees for those seeking careers as nurses.