Kelly Schwend Receives Mildred Pflederer Award

(L) Dr. Kelly Schwend receives Mildred Pflederer award from (R) Professor Cynthia Steinwedel, Ph.D.(c), RN at the 2012 Department of Nursing Senior Recognition Ceremony.

May 12, 2012

The Mildred Pflederer Award is presented to an outstanding Bradley Nursing alumni who has contributed to the field of community and public health nursing.

This award was established to honor and recognize the contributions of Mildred Pflederer to nursing within the nation, the community, and the Department of Nursing.

Mildred was one of the first faculty members in the Department, teaching community health nursing to registered nurses and then to the basic baccalaureate students.  She served as a U.S. Army nurse during World War 2 and saw duty in Africa.  Following the war, Mildred worked with the U.S. Public Health Services for many years before becoming a faculty member at Bradley.  Mildred retired from Bradley at least twice, probably three times, always willing to help teach public health nursing.  She was a very gracious and caring lady who was always humble about her contributions.

Dr. Kelly Schwend, Ph. D., RN, is the 2012 recipient of the Mildred Pflederer award.  Dr. Schwend received her BSN from Bradley University.  She now teaches community health nursing and is actively involved with the South Side Mission, the Salvation Army, the Heartland Clinic, and area schools.  She has demonstrated her commitment to community health nursing and educating our future nurses through her responsiveness and availability to the organizations and students.  Dr. Schwend has partnered the Nurses Christian Fellowship with the South Side Mission to enhance the quality of life for their residents.  As a scholar, Dr. Schwend's has continually focused her research on helping the homeless and our community. 

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Schwend on receiving the 2012 Mildred Pflederer Award!