Katrina Helmer, who works in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s College of Nursing as a post-licensure program assistant, has been named the recipient of the September 2022 STAR Award.
Helmer was nominated by Kathleen Elertson, interim post-licensure director:
“Katrina is the face of the Post-Licensure Program in the College of Nursing. She is the first person students encounter when they apply to the program. Katrina diligently tracks each of the post licensure students for the DNP-FNP emphasis, MSN programs and MSN-DNP. Katrina knows when all of the required documentation is due for admission, clinical placements and program progression. She knows when students are nearing program completion and is very effective at making sure each person stays on track to meet the multiple requirements for degree completion.
“Katrina is the ‘go to’ person for students who are worried about their ability to balance academic work with family and professional demands. She is the one students consistently report feeling comfortable with because they feel connected and supported in making the best decision for themselves.
“Katrina is well-organized and efficient in her daily work. She makes the monumental work that she accomplishes appear easy. She is also the first to go over and above by offering assistance to any colleagues in need.
“There are several reports due for program and accreditation this fall. Katrina was able to pull the necessary information and format it into the reports within a very short turnaround time. As a new program director, I have appreciated Katrina’s knowledge of historical practice and her guidance during this time of transition. The College of Nursing is very fortunate to have Katrina Helmer as an exemplary program assistant and we believe she is very deserving of the STAR award.”