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Brighton Honored at Winter Celebration

Ronnie Brighton

The fall 2013 semester is winding down, and Professor Veronica (Ronnie) Brighton will soon begin grading what will be … barring a dramatic change of plans … her last round of final exams.  

As she prepares enter into retirement, Brighton was recently recognized for more than two decades of service to the college at its annual winter celebration.

Ronnie Brighton, MA, ARNP, CS, has devoted 23 years of her career to preparing future clinicians for practice. Her career in nursing began when she graduated from Mercy Hospital’s School of Nursing in Des Moines. Recognizing early on the value of advanced educational preparation in nursing, she pursued a BSN and MA in Psych-Mental Health Nursing from the University of Iowa. Her early clinical career included teaching Coronary Care Nursing for RNs at a community college, teaching didactic and practicum courses in surgical nursing at a hospital school of nursing, and serving as a perioperative educator in a community-based hospital. 

Brighton’s passion for mental health nursing lead her to Riverside Retreat in Rock Island, Illinois, where she was the coordinator of the Adult Inpatient, Outpatient and Adult Family Program for substance abuse treatment. As a trailblazer in independent practice for nurses, she subsequently engaged in private practice providing individual, group and family psychotherapy for sexually abused children and their families in the Quad Cities.  More recently, she collaborated with her colleague Ronnie Wieland to found Wieland Brighton Therapy Associates, a private psychotherapy practice in Iowa City.

Professor Brighton began her career at UI’s College of Nursing in August 1990 as a lecturer. She was promoted to clinical assistant professor in May 2001. Throughout her appointment, she taught Communication for Health Professionals and Health Assessment to literally thousands of undergraduate students—providing knowledge and skills essential to building a strong foundation in nursing practice.

In the graduate program, Brighton coordinated the Psych-Mental Health Master’s program track for 12 years and was instrumental in transforming the psych-mental health graduate core courses to the online format.

In the scholarship arena, Professor Brighton collaborated with faculty colleagues to develop and revise several NIC labels related to mental health disturbances. 

“As a faculty member, Ronnie has been a devoted colleague who has always ‘been there’ to offer assistance or take on an additional responsibility. Her unwavering dedication to her students has been an inspiration to us all,” said Rita Frantz, dean and professor at the College of Nursing. “Through these many years as our colleague, she made significant contributions to the college’s mission. As we bid you farewell and best wishes, we pledge our continuing commitment to your legacy of influence on the next generation of nurses. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!”

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Dec 19th, 2013