Takoma Park, MD (December 18, 2017) Washington Adventist University will soon bid farewell to Bonnie Franckowiak, DNP as she retires at the end of December. She joined the campus community as an adjunct for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies in May of 2014 before being promoted to Professor of Nursing and Coordinator for the nursing graduate program a year later.
Franckowiak is a certified family nurse practitioner, and certified addictions registered nurse – advanced practice. She earned her B.S.N. degree in 1975 from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York; her M.S.N. degree in 1984 from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi; and her D.N.P. in 2014 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
During her time at WAU, Franckowiak taught both community and academic practicum for nurse educators, advanced physical assessment, advanced pharmacology, and population health. She especially enjoyed working on community health programs. When first offered the opportunity to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses by JoAnn Mackey, then interim Director of Nursing, Franckowiak indicated that she preferred teaching at the graduate level, but after only being in the classroom for 15 minutes she realized that she loved working with her undergrad students.
“In the lab, I would hear squeals of excitement from the students after they examined an eye, an ear or a liver,” said Franckowiak. “That was refreshing for me because after more than 40 years as a nurse you take some things for granted.”
Franckowiak’s first group of undergraduate nursing students are graduating this December, and they have invited her to speak at their pinning ceremony.
“All the students are special, but this group is especially meaningful to me,” shares Franckowiak. It’s a nice completion because I started with them and now I’m finishing with them.”
Franckowiak is approaching this as a semi-retirement and looks forward to teaching as an adjunct in the future, but for now, she will enjoy a slower pace of life to include exercising and knitting.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.