Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE

Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Layna Himmelberg, Ed.D., MSN, CNE became a member of the Clarkson College community in 2002. During her time here, she has served as Skills Lab Coordinator, Professor, and the Director of Graduate Nursing before being appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2023. She holds an Associate’s degree in Nursing from College of St. Mary, a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from Bellevue University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Clarkson College. She earned her Doctoral degree in Education from College of St. Mary.

In her current role, Dr. Himmelberg provides leadership to the academic affairs of the institution. She is responsible for leading, coordinating, and supporting continual improvement and institutional accreditation, as well as specialized accreditation of each of the academic programs to support education and retention of students. During her time at Clarkson College, she has served as a member of Omicron Epsilon, National Society of Leadership and Success, Faculty Senate, and the International Review Board (IRB) committee. Dr. Himmelberg also has experience as a nurse administrator in the home health and assisted living fields.

Outside the College, Dr. Himmelberg serves as a Peer Evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Words of Wisdom

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
Look for the positive in each day. 

Awards and Honors

Nomination for DAISY Award (2023)
Nomination for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award (2015)

Scholarly Works (Selected)

Perceptions of Novice Clinical Adjunct Nursing Faculty (Dissertation, May 2011)

Relationship of Diabetes Education Program on Hgb A1C for New Diabetics. S. Eppenbach/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Clostridium Difficile Education & Nursing Knowledge. K. Skrdla/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

The Importance of Nursing Support and Knowledge for Breastfeeding Success. J. Ramsey/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times) 

Alternative Models for Primary Care in Rural Clinics. L. Davison/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Helping nurses Understand Medical Marijuana. Rebecca Szuba/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

ICU Multidisciplinary Rounds: An Opportunity for Family? Natalie Valencia/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Evaluating the impact of the Nebraska Health Care Provider Protection Laws on Nurse Assault Rates. Nichole Cosgrove/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Implementation of the Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) Education and Nurse Action Algorithm. Whitney Knuth/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Urinary Catheter Removal Algorithm Implementation to Decrease Complications. Katie Stearns/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

The Effects of Policy Review & Education of Nurse Identification of Patients as Risk for Suicide. Amber Benson/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Knowledge of Screen Time Recommendations among WIC Clients & Caregivers. Theresa Neff/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Effectiveness of Electrode Patch Changes and Cardiac Alarms in the ICU. Jenny Horstman/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Facilitating Nurse Practitioners Use of Prescriptive Exercise in Overweight and Obese Adolescence. Amanda Bogard/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Will an educational handout explaining the use of probiotics in patients with irritable bowel syndrome improve quality of life scores? Barbara Binau-Rowe/L. Himmelberg (Clarkson College Alumni Times)

Mentoring of Nursing Faculty Tool Kit (NLN Publications)

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