Allen College

Dana Wedeking
Allen School of Nursing Class of 1980 - Diploma
Allen College Class of 2006 - BSN
Allen College Class of 2010 - MSN

Employment History

I am currently the Student Success Coordinator at Allen College. In the past, I have worked in medical-surgical nursing, ICU, and dialysis.

What led you to pursue your education at Allen College?

I originally chose Allen School of Nursing because of its proximity to where I lived. I loved my experience and the excellent training that I received at the hands of the knowledgeable and caring faculty. I returned here for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees because of the bond that I felt with the school.

What was your first job after graduating Allen?

Evening charge nurse on a medical-surgical floor at Allen Hospital.

What led you to your exact career path?

After working as a nurse in various clinical areas for 30 years, I felt drawn to work in education and share my passion for nursing with students, prompted in part by my nursing instructors. I obtained my BSN at Allen College, began working as a clinical instructor, and decided to complete my MSN as well. When the retention position at the college was created as I was finishing my MSN, some of my former instructors recommended me for the position. What started out to be a part-time job turned into a passion for working with students who were experiencing difficulties as they pursued their studies. I have been with the college for almost 15 years now.

Any awards or proud moments?

I was extremely proud to be the recipient of the Jane Hasek award when I graduated with my BSN.

Any hobbies or interests?

I love spending time with my family—my husband of 41 years, two children and their spouses, two grandchildren, and a very spoiled dachshund. I also enjoy knitting, traveling, walking when the weather permits, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

What piece of advice would you give to current Allen students?

Approach new learning with an open mind and a willingness to work hard and seek help when needed. There is no shame in asking for help, and getting the help you need can have a significant effect on your outcomes. Also, be open to the fact that you may need to develop new study, learning, and test-taking skills and strategies when you begin classes in the health sciences.