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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Nursing Careers:
Gerontology & Long-Term Care

Jeanine Kay Thies Niemoller

  • BSN '81

  • MS in Nursing Care Systems Management (Adult Health) in '96

What drew you to this career?

My mother was afflicted with a brain tumor when I was five years old and was treated surgically, which left her with severe rehabilitation issues and needs. So I grew up with that as a focus.

How did you prepare for it?

The care she received and the care she did not have at her disposal gave me insight into the needs of disabled persons as they age.

What do you like the most about this career?

I can really make a difference when I help families plan for tertiary care.

What are the biggest challenges?

To help young nurses see the career opportunities that are available in caring for the elderly.

What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?

Do not look at the care of the elderly as redundant and non challenging; it is in fact most challenging and as a result rewarding.

Extra info about Jeanine Niemoller:

"I am a wife, mom, daughter-in-law, grandma, and community servant. I cherish the  association with the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing that I continue to have, and continue to learn with every encounter I have at UW. I belong to professional associations ANA and Sigma Theta Tau, and feel they have tremendous value in my career. I believe in succession planning and spend time mentoring new nurses in order that they will carry on long after I retire. The changes in healthcare on the horizon excite me and also frighten me as I think we are wasting time resisting some of them."

Niemoller staffed the Long-Term Care Nursing booth on March 24, 2015 at the Online Alumni Mentoring event. Go to for more information.

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Jeanine Niemoller

"I can really make a difference when I help families plan for tertiary care."

Niemoller staffs long-term care nursing booth at online mentoring event

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