JoAnna Hill Appointed Dean of Nursing at Denver School of Nursing

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DENVER — Denver School of Nursing (DSN) has selected veteran nurse practitioner and educator JoAnna Hill, Ph.D., FNP-BC, LHRM, to be the Dean of Nursing Education.

Dr. Hill will oversee and supervise both the associate degree, pre-licensure BSN and RN to BSN programs as well as work with community clinical partners to expand relationships within the region’s healthcare sector.

“I am thrilled to have been selected Dean of Nursing for such a renowned program,” Hill says. “Denver School of Nursing actively explores opportunities to expand its outreach on an ongoing basis to ensure students are provided one of the finest nursing educations available in the state. I’m excited to be part of the DSN team.”

A Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Hill served as a staff nurse and administrator for 20 years and has been in nursing education for 15 years. Hill joins DSN from its affiliated nursing program at Fortis College, where she most recently served as Dean of Nursing for the Largo campus and Regional Dean of Nursing for the Southeast Region.

Hill’s nursing experience includes Morton Plant Mease Primary Care and North Pinellas Internal Medicine Associates, both in Palm Harbor, Fla., and Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Among her various professional affiliations, Hill is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, National League for Nursing and American Nurses Association. Certified in Family Practice by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, she is an American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership Fellow and is listed in Who’s Who among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing and Healthcare.

A reviewer for the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Hill formerly was a Board of Trustees Member for Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital in Tarpon Springs and Founder/Director of the Orthodox Missionary Clinic at St. Panteleimon, also in Tarpon Springs.

“Dr. Hill brings a wealth of experience related to academic administration in nursing educational programs. We are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Hill as the nursing dean at Denver School of Nursing,” said Dr. Robert L. Anders, Dr PH, CS, CNAA, ANEF, FAAN, Vice President of Nursing, Education Affiliates, Inc.

Denver School of Nursing is part of a network of schools managed by Education Affiliates, Inc. that is one of the largest nursing education providers in the U.S. The network, which also includes St. Paul’s School of Nursing and Fortis Colleges & Institutes, encompasses more than 5,000 nursing students nationwide and operates over 23 nursing programs in 13 states. The combined nursing programs have received international recognition for their leadership in using simulation technology to educate nursing students in programs that create supportive learning environments for tomorrow’s nurses.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)
Denver School of Nursing, located at 1401 19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college offers rigorous curricula, clinical site-based academic programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing and distance-delivered academic programs toward a bachelor degree in nursing.

DSN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), [ / 800-621-7440]. Its associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 [404-975-5000]. DSN is granted full approval for its associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) approval is maintained through the Colorado Department of Higher Education. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit