By: Emily Neideck
Each year, Indiana Wesleyan University awards an outstanding individual with a Distinguished School of Nursing Alumni Award. This award would be granted to an alumnus or alumna of the School who has exhibited excellence in serving his or her profession, community, church, or alma mater in the spirit of Jesus Christ. This year, Brandon Lee was the recipient. Lee received his Master Degree in Nursing from the Indiana Wesleyan University’s online program in 2006 and is currently using his passion for nursing to help many.
Lee decided to pursue IWU’s Graduate Nurse Practitioner program because of convenience and the spiritual aspect integrated into the classes. He attended courses at IWU’s Indianapolis North Campus. The program’s schedule allowed Lee to continue his career while still taking classes and pursuing higher education.
Currently, Lee is a Company Commander of the 215th area support medical company. He and 80 other personnel provide medical support for a large area within the Indiana National Guard. Lee has been a member of the National Guard for 16 years and with the Army for 22 years. He said, “I have had a lot of firsts for Nurse Practitioners within the Army.”
Lee also holds the position of Flight Surgeon and has completed the air medical training to be able to help keep our pilots in the air. He was one of the first 20 people in the Army to actually complete this training and the first Nurse Practitioner to hold command in the Indiana Guard. Lee is the first inpatient Nurse Practitioner to be hired for Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. He stated, “I have been fortunate in the sense that I am able to see patients on the inpatient side, assist in surgery and see post-operative patients, as well.”
Lee believes that Indiana Wesleyan’s faith-based education allowed him to excel in his many life endeavors. “The education that you get at Indiana Wesleyan prepares you to be a Nurse Practitioner in the real world. The students are better prepared than other programs,” Lee said.
Lee is VP of Capni (Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana). The organization’s goal, found on their website, states, “CAPNI is dedicated to furthering the understanding and advancement of the APRN role at the local and state levels, and to protecting that role in the legislative, administrative, and clinical realms.”
On winning the Distinguished School of Nursing Alumni Award, Lee stated, “I am honored. I am humbled. It was a complete surprise.” On behalf of the Indiana Wesleyan Alumni Center, congratulations to Brandon Lee on winning this award and his many accomplishments.
Check out his interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_yHaTNdlGg.
Written by Emily Neideck, writer for the Alumni Center and a junior Writing major at IWU. She is active on the cross country and track teams. She is passionate about using her writing skills to share the good news of Christ with others and writes often on her personal blog at www.emilylehner.wordpress.com.