Nursing Faculty to Discuss Health Literacy and Leadership on Feb. 6

January 24, 2024 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

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Nurses are uniquely positioned to influence patient care and help patients navigate healthcare’s complexities.

On Tuesday, Feb . 6, two members of Elmhurst University’s nursing faculty—Becky Hulett, director of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs; and Laura Minarich, director of the Master’s Entry in Nursing Practice (MENP) program—will host the panel discussion “Leadership in Nursing: Voices from the Front Line.”

The panelists will talk about how people can expand their health literacy and learn to effectively manage the barrage of healthcare information in the media and online. The panel will also discuss current challenges in the nursing profession and how nurses can grow into leadership roles that can influence a diverse society.

Elmhurst University’s nationally ranked Department of Nursing prepares students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels to be versatile leaders on the front lines of healthcare. Both Hulett and Minarich have extensive experience as healthcare professionals and educators. Hulett, who joined Elmhurst University in 2016, holds a doctor of nursing practice degree with a focus on organizational leadership. She has a background in graduate education and online teaching in addition to extensive practice experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Minarich holds a doctorate in nursing practice and is a family nurse practitioner and a certified clinical nurse leader. She has a clinical background in family practice and community health, and is a nurse practitioner at a children’s urgent care. She joined Elmhurst U. in 2018.

The “Leadership in Nursing” talk is part of the yearlong Graduate Studies Lecture Series, celebrating 25 years of graduate programs at Elmhurst University. Graduate studies at Elmhurst launched in 1998 with five programs. Today, Elmhurst offers more than 20 master’s degree programs and a number of graduate certificate programs in the business, education, health care and technology fields. The lectures, on a variety of compelling topics related to graduate programs offered at Elmhurst, support the development of lifelong learning and prepare students to thrive as adaptive leaders.

“Leadership in Nursing” begins at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Frick Center, Blume Board Room. The talk will also be livestreamed. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, at For more information, email

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