April 4, 2011
The Morningside College Department of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses’ Association have named Sheila Jennebach of Zumbrota, Minn., as the 2011 nursing alumna of the year.
Jennebach is a native of Sioux Center, Iowa, and a 1995 graduate of Morningside with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mayo Clinic’s Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Jennebach will deliver the keynote speech for the opening of the 29th annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day on Wednesday, April 13, in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave., on the Morningside campus. The title of her speech is “Find Your Path by Leading the Way.” Jennebach is scheduled to begin her remarks at 8:30 a.m.
During the keynote address, the Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in Jennebach’s honor to Leslie Pfeifer, a senior who will graduate this spring from Adams Central Junior-Senior High School in Juniata, Neb. Pfeifer plans to attend Morningside College in the fall. The scholarship is presented each year to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
Morningside senior nursing students will present their research projects in the Hindman-Hobbs HPER Center, 3501 Peters Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of Morningside’s Palmer Student Research Symposium.
Jennebach has worked at Mayo Clinic for all 15 years of her nursing career. From 1995 to 1999, she was a staff nurse on an adult medical floor with patients facing diverse medical needs, including acute and chronic renal failure. She was selected to serve as nurse liaison from 1997 to 1999, representing nursing on a team to facilitate communication, continuity of care and discharge planning for adult medical patients. In 1999, Jennebach transferred to the NICU where she now serves as a breastfeeding resource advocate and bereavement coordinator.
Jennebach’s leadership role in the NICU has included responsibilities as charge nurse and as NICU magnet champion for the 2010 May Clinic Magnet Recognition Redesignation Program. She also serves as a member of the planning committee for the Mayo Eugenia Litta Children’s Hospital Remembrance Celebration.
The nursing research day started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.