Esther Acree has been at ISU since 1980. A family nurse practitioner since 1979, she practices at the Greencastle Johnson-Nickels Clinic, providing children and women’s health services. One of the cofounders, Esther is Director of the Sycamore Nursing Center, which provides clinics and home health care for over 1000 clients in the Wabash Valley.
Esther is working on enhancing distance education for the LPN/LVN and RN tracks of the baccalaureate nursing program. Innovative ideas and curriculum revisions are in the plans over the next two years. As a former President of the Indiana State Nurses Association, she serves this year as ANA delegate and her interest in professional issues and trends is unending. She continues to be active in specialty groups for APNs and local nursing organizations. She is a member of ANA/ISNA, National League for Nursing, and National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty. Her interests continue to be child health, women’s health, and primary health care for indigent, and underserved populations.
The department is working on innovative curricular revisions for both tracks to be more responsive to the students and yet a sound foundation for practice in these changing times in technology and evidence based research and practice.