Dr. Loretta Reinhart: Nursing Is about Caring

Jul 14, 2014

by Staff

Drawing on her years of experience, Loretta Reinhart, Ph.D., observes that in the practice of nursing, there are some constants.

“The main pieces haven’t changed. It’s about caring for people. We are so close to people when life starts and ends. I’ve always tried to convey that to my students and faculty,” she says.

Dr. Reinhart is the new dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at FSC, assuming her duties in mid-summer. She had just retired as dean and professor of nursing at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and she and her husband moved to Estero, in Southwest Florida, but it proved to be a short retirement. She was asked by FSC Provost Kyle Fedler, Ph.D., to take over after Dr. John Welton was recruited to start a statewide nursing research collaborative at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Dr. Reinhart brings to her new position more than 40 years of experience as an educator and a practicing nurse. She served at Malone University from 1991 to 2012 as dean and professor and was a professor of nursing at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill., from 1979 to 1991. Her experience also includes years as a practicing nurse at hospitals in Ohio and Illinois.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Reinhart, who brings such experience in health education to Florida Southern,” said Dr. Fedler. “She is ideally suited to lead the School of Nursing and Health Sciences as it continues to grow in size and in the scope of its offerings.”