Renee Hoeksel

Renee Hoeksel

Dr. Renee Hoeksel has spent her nursing career as an inspiring nurse educator and relent­less advocate for patients. Her contri­bu­tions to nursing in the fields of geriatrics, evidence-based practice, and educa­tion are hallmarks of her long career. Her recent work to advance the devel­op­ment and adoption of RN-to-BSN programs in Washington state has already had a great impact – and she is not done yet.

As a professor at Washington State University’s School of Nursing in Vancouver, Renee was a leader in estab­lishing WSU’s exemplary RN-to-BSN program. She advocated for the avail­ability of online distance learning broaden access to working nurses and those in geograph­i­cally remote areas. 

As a leader in the Advancing Practice in Nursing project, Renee was instru­mental in estab­lishing a new Associate in Nursing — Direct Transfer Agree­ment degree in Washington state. The degree sets up a fast track to a BSN by allowing an associate degree graduate to complete a BSN degree in just one year through an RN-to-BSN program. The new degree is an impor­tant strategy for achieving the Insti­tute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report recom­men­da­tion to increase the propor­tion of nurses with a baccalau­reate degree to 80 percent by 2020. 

Renee has shared her experi­ence and exper­tise in RN-to-BSN educa­tion as a consul­tant to Bellevue College, Columbia Basin College and Provi­dence Health & Services. She currently serves on advisory boards to several Associate Degree and RN-BSN nursing programs. And, in her research, Renee is working with colleagues to look into the charac­ter­is­tics and capacity in Washington state-approved RN-BSN programs. 

Through her practice, educa­tion and research, Renee has made great contri­bu­tions to nursing, especially in the field of geriatrics and evidence-based practice. She holds a PhD in Geriatric Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences Univer­sity, and her past clinical practice included more than 30 years in adult critical care nursing. Her clinical practice also includes incor­po­rating Best Practices in Nursing Staff Devel­op­ment in acute care facil­i­ties within the greater South­west Washington and Portland area. 

As an educator, Renee thrives in the class­room, advocates for expanding the avail­ability of nursing educa­tion, and delves into schol­arly work that is both infor­ma­tive and practical. She has been on the faculty at WSU College of Nursing in Vancouver since 1990, starting as an Assis­tant Professor and going on to serve as Director of Nursing Programs and Assis­tant Dean for the RNB program. In 2003, WSU Vancouver students, alumni and faculty estab­lished the Renee Hoeksel Nursing Leader­ship Schol­ar­ship in recog­ni­tion and honor of Renee’s 13 years of service as Director of Nursing Programs at WSU Vancouver. 

Renee has been a mentor to numerous students and colleagues, who describe her as genuine, humble, intel­li­gent and hard working. In 2015, Renee was named Educator of the Year by WSNA. 

Renee has shared her time and experi­ence with WSNA in so many ways over the years, including serving on WSNA’s Cabinet on Research for six years. She continues as a member of WSNA’s CEARP Approval Committee. For many years, Renee was also a member of the Council of Nurse Educa­tors of Washington State, including serving as Presi­dent in 2008-09. Renee’s impact on nurse educa­tion and on the profes­sion of nursing is incal­cu­lable and will be felt for many, many years to come.