Jo Ann M. Wever Named Nursing Director
Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 [9:26 AM]
LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie Starr
(left) hired Jo Ann M. Wever to direct the college's bachelor of
science program in nursing.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Veteran health care
professional and educator Jo Ann M. Wever has been named chair of
the Lindsey Wilson College nursing division.
Wever comes to Lindsey Wilson with more than 40 years of
experience in the medical profession. She will direct the new
bachelor's of science program in nursing - which begins this fall
with pre-nursing students -- and also teach several courses.
"I'm excited Jo Ann has joined the Lindsey Wilson
community because she brings a great deal of knowledge and
expertise that will benefit our students," said LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie
Starr. "We were very fortunate to find Jo Ann Wever, who has
years of experience as a practicing nurse and teaching students how
to be nurses. She will start what I think will be an outstanding
Wever said she is excited to help start a four-year nursing
program. This will be the second nursing program she has started in
Kentucky. Earlier this decade, she helped Campbellsville (Ky.)
University establish a two-year nursing degree.
"I think Lindsey Wilson's nursing program can be the best in the
state," Wever said. "This program has a lot of potential because it
is fresh and not tied to a certain way of doing things. It also has
a very experienced person leading it."
Wever said she has been impressed with Lindsey Wilson's
commitment to nursing education.
"There is a great sense of collegiality here at Lindsey Wilson,
and the college has a top-notch science building for students," she
Students will enroll their freshman year as pre-nursing majors
and be part of a special learning community in which they work
with their professors and academic advisers. Students who meet the
program's rigorous academic criteria will be admitted to the
nursing program at the end of their freshman year and begin the
nursing program in fall 2010.
During their final three years at LWC, nursing majors will take
mix of classes and also several practicums at health-care centers
and hospitals throughout the region.
"I've been very encouraged by the support we have received from
the directors of nursing where we will have clinical sites," Starr
said. "There are a lot of resources in the region for our
Wever said the ideal candidate for the Lindsey Wilson nursing
program will be a "hard-working, dedicated, detail-oriented and
Prospective students should prepare for the program in high
school by taking plenty of courses in mathematics, science and
"Nursing is not for the faint of heart," she said. "It's a very
challenging major, but it offers students who succeed a very