Faculty Spotlight: Nancy Feulner
Program: Health Sciences
It was Nancy Feulner's anatomy and physiology teacher in high school that sparked her interest in health and science.
From there, she has built an impressive career in the health field: working in clinical microbiology and clinical hematology at Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Glen Oaks Medical Center, as Hematology Technical Supervisor at Glen Oaks, and in the laboratory in clinical chemistry and in administration for 24 years at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
While at Central DuPage Hospital, she also served as the education coordinator for the continuing education of staff and coordinated students completing externships in clinical lab science.
"It is in that role that I realized a passion for education and set out to make a difference," she explained. "I had a wonderful mentor that encouraged me to follow my passion."
In short, Feulner has always wanted to make a difference in the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients. Her educational career at College of DuPage includes coordinating the Health Science disciplines of Clinical Lab Science, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy and EKG, Non-Invasive EKG and Pharmacy Technician.
"Clinical Lab Science is a career that is behind the scenes but yet so important to the health care team," she explained. "Physicians still depend more on clinical lab results that any other diagnostics testing to evaluate, diagnose, treat and monitor treatment of patients.
"Phlebotomy and EKG are an extension of this in that the quality of test results are only as good as the quality of the specimens collected. So I have made it my passion to make sure that students understand how important it is to collect a quality specimen whether it is blood or an EKG tracing."
In fact, Feulner developed COD's Medical Assistant program because she saw a need in the health care community.
"It is my job to continuously evaluate these needs and to develop new programs," she said. "Medical Assisting is one of the fastest-growing careers in health care today mainly due to the growth of group practices. The Occupational Handbook predicts this career to grow 52 percent in the next five to seven years."
That means providing her students with a solid foundation to enter these growing fields and filling the needs of the health community.
"I hope that I have instilled a passion for treating all patients with dignity and respect so they can make a difference in the lives of the people they serve," Feulner said. "I hope students leave my programs with pride and a sense of accomplishment as they enter the workforce in some capacity of health care.
"I am inspired by people who love what they do and do what they love because they do it with passion. I have had some wonderful mentors and some not-so-good mentors, and yet I have learned from all of them. I can only hope that I am a good mentor to the people I serve."
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