May 15, 2015
University of Kansas School of Nursing faculty, staff and students came together a couple times this week to formally recognize the career accomplishments of Professor R. Geraldine "Geri" Neuberger, Ed.D., APRN, who is retiring after 40 years at KU Medical Center.
At a retirement reception held in her honor Monday, Neuberger received praise and gifts from her colleagues, and Karen Miller, dean of the School of Nursing and senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at KU Medical Center. Also in attendance were members of Neuberger's family, including her husband, John S. Neuberger, Dr.PH, a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU Medical Center. (View a photo gallery from the event.)
Miller acknowledged Neuberger for her faculty and leadership contributions since joining KU Medical Center in 1975 as a nursing instructor in maternity and med-surgery. Through the years, she noted, Neuberger has taught adult-gerontology, nursing and health care research, and professionalism courses at the School of Nursing, and has supervised master's theses, doctoral dissertations and comprehensive exams.
The dean also cited Neuberger's extensive research in the area of arthritis and her service as a leader in the School of Nursing, as well as in the nursing and Rheumatoid Arthritis fields. Miller specifically noted her role in the School of Nursing's Bachelor of Science Honors Program, now in its 13th year.
"Geri has served as coordinator of the successful BSN Honors Program since it began," Miller said. "During that time, 102 students have graduated from the program (including 2015 graduates) and 29 of those students also garnered University honors."
Neuberger was honored again for that role on Wednesday when Nelda Godfrey, associate dean of undergraduate programs at the School of Nursing, presented her with a plaque and flowers during the 2015 BSN Honors Program Student Luncheon. Godfrey praised Neuberger's contributions to the highly selective program, which also relies on faculty mentors.
"Geri's knowledge and guidance have been tremendous," she added. "The students who have worked with her understand that very well." As principal investigator of "Symptom Responses to Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis," a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, Neuberger tested an exercise intervention for adults with rheumatoid arthritis. She has written numerous articles for a wide variety of health publications, in addition to her many presentations throughout the country.
Neuberger received her doctoral and master's degrees from KU, a bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown College and her nursing diploma from Kentucky Baptist Hospital.