Joan Libner EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-BC, CNE

Dr. Libner serves as Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with oversight of the BSN, MSN, and post-master’s certificate programs. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the hybrid RN to BSN and 100% online MSN Program in the areas of gerontological nursing, nursing leadership, and healthcare policy. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Libner served many years as a nursing faculty member and Department Chairperson at Triton College. She taught all levels of medical-surgical nursing, including supervising clinical experiences in over a dozen acute and long-term healthcare settings as well as meeting program administrative responsibilities.

In 2010, Dr. Libner was appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing, served as Chair from 2014-2016, and as a member of the Education Subcommittee throughout her tenure on the Board. She and a fellow nurse educator Board member developed the Illinois Board of Nursing’s Remediation Strategies for programs with poor NCLEX pass rates. Dr. Libner was awarded a fellowship in the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Institute of Regulatory Excellence Fellowship Program pursuing her interest in the implications of nurses’ understanding of licensure regulation in Illinois. Dr. Libner served as Secretary of the IL Community College Nursing Deans and Directors, Secretary of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN), currently as Chair of IACN, and as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Dr. Libner earned an Ed.D. with a focus in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a clinical specialty in medical-surgical nursing from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northern Illinois University. She holds certification as a nurse educator with the National League for Nursing and as a gerontological nurse with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.