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Innovative, Progressive, Visionary - Because Caring to Lead, Leads to Better Care

The mission of Rush University College of Nursing is to promote and protect the health of the public through the preparation of the future leaders in nursing practice, education, and research.

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to Rush University College of Nursing, in the great city of Chicago. I am delighted and proud to have this opportunity to introduce you to the college and its stellar achievements. My remarks will be brief, thus, I encourage you to browse throughout the Web site to learn about our rich history, mission, degree and program options, and stimulating faculty and student life.

The unification of education, research and practice is the learning model of this college. Faculty with graduate education and advanced clinical skills hold strategic positions in the college, as well as in the medical center and community. In fact, 90% of faculty have active clinical practices. Their responsibilities include imparting knowledge, creating new knowledge and providing services to patients in their respective clinical domains. Faculty have the opportunity to function in one of three roles: teacher-practitioner, teacher-researcher, or researcher-practitioner. It is this overriding and consistent academic clinical focus that drives the outstanding national reputation of the college.

Through our carefully designed programs, students experience the Rush commitment to clinical scholarship and the art of nursing in action. This outcome emanates from Rush University's focus specifically on the health sciences and its integration into a large academic medical center. Rush University Medical Center provides a rich environment where students of nursing, medicine, graduate studies and allied health sciences live and learn in an interdisciplinary and dynamic setting.

A nursing education offers opportunities for a noble and challenging career. Thus, I invite you to consider becoming a "Rush nurse." We look forward to hearing from you.

Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN
John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean
College of Nursing of Rush University

Photo caption: Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean, College of Nursing of Rush University.

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Message from the Dean, Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN

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