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Memoir

Ann Z. Kruszewski
Regents' Proceedings 311

Ann Z. Kruszewski, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2011.

Professor Kruszewski received her B.S.N. degree from the University of Michigan in 1971, and her M.S.N. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University in 1973 and 1999, respectively. Professor Kruszewski joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in 1976.

Professor Kruszewksi studied evidence-based nursing practices in health care settings across the state of Michigan and presented her findings at local, state-wide, and national venues. She has been involved in many curriculum development projects for the School of Nursing and has developed and taught undergraduate-level, evidence- based, practice courses. Her 1990 textbook, Introduction to Nursing: Concepts, Issues, and Opportunities, was used in foundational nursing courses both nationally and internationally. An exemplary teacher and mentor, Professor Kruszewski pursued innovative approaches in the classroom and demanded superior performance from her students. She has served as the coordinator of the "Fundamentals of Nursing" program and the BSN Completion Program, and was interim director of the RN Studies Program. In keeping with her commitment to ensuring access to the University of Michigan in communities across the state, she pioneered the development of distance education in the School of Nursing. In 2005, Professor Kruszewski received the School of Nursing's Mae Edna Doyle Teacher of the Year award in recognition of her skills as an educator.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Ann Z. Kruszewski assistant professor emerita of nursing.