Adrienne Nelson

Adrienne Nelson

Assistant Professor

    Westlake Hall 216B
    (309) 677-2553


DNP- Leadership, Bradley University (2022)
MSN, Nursing Administration, Bradley University (2016)
BSN, Bradley University (2015)
LPN, Illinois Central College (2011)
CNA, Spoon River Home Health (2005)


Dr. Adrienne Nelson joined Bradley University’s Department of Nursing as adjunct faculty teaching senior leadership and medical-surgical practicums in the fall of 2017. Dr. Nelson joined as a full-time Assistant Professor of Nursing in the fall of 2020. She received her BSN (2015), MSN (2016), and DNP (2022) all from Bradley University. Before joining Bradley University full-time, Dr. Nelson worked as a Primary Charge Nurse/ Preceptor at OSF St. Francis HealthCare Medical Center on the Rehabilitation and Medical Acute Care units.


Dr. Nelson teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at Bradley University. Professor Nelson has guided student learning in areas such as Fundamentals of Nursing (theory and practicum), Medical-Surgical Nursing (theory and practicum), Medical Terminology, Men’s Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Bases for Professional Nursing Practice.


Dr. Nelson recently graduated with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on leadership. Dr. Nelson’s DNP project focused on Effectiveness of Critical Incident Microdebriefings in A Rural Healthcare Facility. Throughout her academic journey, Dr. Nelson gained a strong appreciation and passion for rural health care and looks forward to contributing to healthcare in rural areas.


Dr. Nelson is an advisor for the Elogime Adolfi Christian Sorority and serves on various committees in the Department of Nursing. In the community, Dr. Nelson assists in a Secret Santa service which provides gifts to children in need and enjoys volunteering for various community events.