April Folgert PHD, MSN, RN

Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing 262-650-4930 afolgret@carrollu.edu Nursing House 203

TEACHES IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM(S)

College of Health Sciences Nursing Nursing (MSN)

Biography

Dr. Folgert joined the nursing faculty at Carroll University in fall 2021.  Previously, she served as the BSN Completion Program chair at Cardinal Stritch and the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing chair at Concordia University. There, Folgert at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the classroom, online, in clinicals and the simulation lab, and in Costa Rica as part of an immersion experience.  Her areas of academic expertise include evidence-based practice, community and population wellness, and leadership. In addition, Folgert has demonstrated academic leadership through the establishment of a new BSN program at George Williams College of Aurora University, development of a cohort program at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, collaboration with faculty to successfully attain CCNE reaccreditation and the mentoring of faculty during the transition of courses from a classroom to hybrid delivery. As former president and president-elect of the Wisconsin League for Nursing, Folgert served on several professional committees including the Wisconsin Nurses Association, Wisconsin Nursing Home Administrator’s Examining Board, Wisconsin Center for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International.  She maintains her nursing practice in home care at Horizon Home Care and Hospice.  

Education

  • Capella University, Ph.D. in Nursing Education 
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, MSN  
  • Alverno College, BSN 

Areas of Specialization

  • Home Health Care Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Leadership
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Community Wellness 

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Beiss, M., & Folgert, A. L. (2011, May). Strategies for overcoming the barriers to the implementation of a health literacy curriculum. Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Health Literacy, Cardinal Stritch University. 
 
Folgert, A. L. (2013, July). Development of a university-wide mentoring program for novice nursing faculty: A case study. Poster presented at the Improvement Science Summit: 
Transformation through Research, San Antonio, TX 

Folgert, A. L. (2014, May). Development of a university-wide mentoring program for novice nursing faculty. Abstract accepted for presentation at the Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 
 
Folgert, A. L., & Levey, J. A. (2014, October). TEAS or not to TEAS: Predicting success in a baccalaureate nursing program. Poster presented at Concordia University Faculty Scholarship Day, Mequon, WI.  
 
Folgert, A. L., Pickett, R., & Goldbach, W. (2014, October). Faith and learning in the disciplines. 
Podium presentation through Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Concordia University, Mequon, WI 

Honors and Awards

Golden Eagle Award, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1 for establishing a cohort at the Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center through a Congressional grant awarded to the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing, 2011 

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy seeing students make connections between course content and nursing practice.  When students achieve their goals and demonstrate ability to make a difference in the lives of patients, families, and communities, I feel fulfilled.  

How do you make learning engaging?

I incorporate learning activities and teaching strategies that meet the needs of a variety of learning preferences. Students are always welcome to ask questions in class or stop by my office.  

What should students know about you?

I want to see every student be successful so I have high expectations that they will invest in themselves through class preparation, study, and genuine interest in course topics.  Outside of academics, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 20-something year old children, reading, and finding healthy recipes to try.   
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