Title: Director, Professor
Company: Messiah College
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Louann Zinsmeister, PhD, RN, CNE, Director and Professor at Messiah College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nursing.
Dr. Zinsmeister became involved in her profession because she felt moved to become a nurse. She never intended to be a nurse. She was a French major and studied abroad. Dr. Zinsmeister felt motivated by her cousin who knew at a very young age she wanted to become a nurse. Margaret McClure was a chief nurse officer, she grew up in Pennsylvania. She inspired Dr. Zinsmeister to continue her studies in nursing and to keep striving and once she set foot in the nursing unit, she absolutely loved it. Dr. Zinsmeister started her professional journey by earning a diploma from Lancaster Hospital in 1979. From there, she earned her BSN from Millersville University in 1984 and her MS from the University of Delaware in 1985. Twenty years later, she completed her education by earning a PhD from Widener University in 2004.
Dr. Zinsmeister is proud of being very instrumental in getting the graduate program in nursing started at Messiah College. She is also proud of her graduates, who are going out in the world and serving others in health care. She had students who went to graduate school and got their PhD. These students go on to make a difference in the world and to think she had a small part to play in their success is rewarding. Dr. Zinsmeister started her professional career as a staff nurse of clinical care at the Polyclinic Medical Center in 1979, where she remained until 1981. She then moved on to become a staff nurse of operating room CV surgery at Harrisburg Hospital from 1981 to 1985. From there, she began her journey of teaching by becoming a nursing instructor at the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing from 1985 to 1994. After that, she found her permanent spot with Messiah College in 1994. At Messiah College, she started out as an instructor of nursing before becoming an assistant professor, then an associate professor and finally earning the title professor in 2014. She is still a professor to this day but holds a dual position as the director of the graduate program in nursing since 2013.
As a testament to her success, Dr. Zinsmeister has received the Mary Danner Edgar Award, the Florence Nightingale Award and Excellence in Nursing Education from the Lambda Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has been inducted as a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Furthermore, Dr. Zinzmeister had been included in the 4th edition of Who’s Who in American Nursing. In her free time, Dr. Zinsmeister has devoted time to being a full-time organist at her church.
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