Nursing Faculty Receives Award

Sallieann Brewer given national advising award

By: Becky St. Clair

Brewer received her award from the National Academic Advising Association.

Sallieann Brewer, Assistant Professor of Nursing, was recently awarded an Outstanding Advising Certficiate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  

A nurse of 18 years, Brewer has been teaching and advising on the WWU campus for four years.  Upon her appointment at WWU, she was given 65 nursing students to advise, in addition to her other responsibilities as a faculty member.  

“I was more fearful of the advising aspect of my job than of any other,” recalls Brewer.  “I recognized the enormous responsibility that came with the position, and I didn’t want to risk detaining a student or costing them more time and money in school.”

Brewer recalls a quote by George Adams: “Many moments of personal success and fulfillment in an individual’s life come about through encouragement from someone else.”  Brewer says that it is definitely true, and that she never could have managed to successfully advise all 65 students without encouragement and support from assistant professor of nursing Trudy Klein.

Her efforts were undoubtedly successful, as Brewer received the honor of being recognized for her advising this year.

“Advising these students means taking a journey with them,” says Brewer.  “I believe successful advisors are those who inspire students to dream and who are motivated by making a difference in the lives of those they serve.”

Brewer will begin her new duties as Director of Nursing at the VA in Walla Walla soon after WWU’s graduation.

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