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Nursing Assistant Professor Receives Midwest Region Award

Nancyruth Leibold honored by

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, May 29, 2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty member Nancyruth Leibold (pictured at right), an assistant professor in the university’s School of Nursing, was recently named the 2013 Heartland/Midwest Nursing Excellence regional winner in the Education and Mentorship category.

As the Midwest regional winner, Leibold will progress to the national level as a candidate for the national 2013 Nursing Excellence Award in the Education and Mentorship category. The national award is a blind review and judged in the fall of 2013 by nurses.

Leibold worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home as a teenager with dreams of being a stockbroker on the New York Stock Exchange. After investing money earned from the nursing home in the stock exchange, Leibold developed rewarding relationships with residents, families and staff, and she decided to be a nurse instead of a stockbroker.

“My dream evolved into wanting to be a nurse, but not just any nurse,” Leibold said. “I wanted to be a nurse that was up to date with the latest knowledge and skills, and provide caring, compassionate care to patients and families. As I tell students, knowledge, basing practice on evidence and technical skills are not enough in nursing, because therapeutic communication and interaction are also necessary for nurses.”

Leibold earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., in 1991 and went on to earn her master’s degree in nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1993. She earned her doctorate of education with health care professionals from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., in 2009 and continued her education with Minnesota State Mankato in 2012 in the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program and in 2013 in the Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning Certificate Program.

Those who want more information may contact Leibold by phone at 507-389-1593 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing is part of the university’s College of Allied Health and Nursing. Those who want more information may contact Kris Retherford, dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing, by phone at 507-389-6315 or by email at

The prestigious annual Nursing Excellence Awards honor superior nurses in regions across the country. Awards in six categories are bestowed, including Education and Mentorship; Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Nursing, Inpatient; Home, Community and Ambulatory Care; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service. Nurses are nominated by their colleagues for the Nursing Excellence Awards. The award process is managed by

The Nursing Education and Mentorship Award is given to a registered nurse who contributes to nursing’s body of knowledge through education and mentorship. This recipient guides and supports the development of nursing students and/or nurses to advance their careers. The award process is sponsored by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future and the University of Phoenix College of Nursing.

The publisher of, Gannett Healthcare Group, is a nursing and healthcare communications company and the largest print and electronic publisher of news and information for registered nurses.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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