Message from the Department Chair:
I am privileged to be joining such an outstanding and committed faculty dedicated to excellence, innovation, and leadership in health care. On December 1, 2008 I assumed the position of Chair and Professor, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, at Rush University College of Nursing. I came to Rush because of the mission and values contributing to the very best multidisciplinary, culturally proficient, and evidence-based client-centered care. Moreover, Rush is a unique academic health science center built on the teacher-practitioner model integrating education, practice, and research. The goal of the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing is to provide a strong scientific framework that supports the personal and professional development of our students and faculty. Our faculty and graduates are leaders with clinical and research expertise--leaders needed to improve the healthcare of increasingly diverse populations both locally and nationally.
The Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing offers a number of advanced practice graduate programs at the Doctor of Nursing Practice level. Nurse practitioner options are available in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. Clinical specialist options include Adult-Gerontology and Adult-Gerontology Critical Care Nursing. We also offer a highly ranked Nurse Anesthesia program. Several of the advanced practice programs in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing are nationally ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report. All graduates from our advanced practice program are eligible for certification as nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, or clinical nurse specialists.
The faculty in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing includes highly qualified clinicians and researchers from a variety of disciplines (e.g., including nursing, medicine, and the basic sciences) and subspecialties with expertise in adult acute, critical, and primary care. Faculty are renowned for their clinical expertise, sharing their knowledge as published authors and frequent speakers at professional meetings at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Many faculty are also keen participants in professional organizations with many in leadership positions.
Faculty in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing are actively involved in clinical research projects and have grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), as well as a variety of other local, state and federal research-related groups and foundations. Some current areas of funded faculty research include quality of life outcomes in post heart transplant patients, African-American women's response to physical activity, and intervention for cardiac risk reduction. To this mix of adult health and gerontological nursing science, I bring an almost 30 year history of studying adverse events of hospitalization for older adults, most notably hospital-acquired delirium.
Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing
- The Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing offers a number of advanced practice graduate tracks at the Doctor of Nursing Practice level with four of these tracks ranked among the top ten nationally by US News & World Report. Nurse practitioner options are available in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. Clinical specialist options include Adult-Gerontology, Adult-Gerontology Critical Care Nursing and the highly ranked Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program.
- The ideal candidate is nationally recognized as a senior scholar/leader in nursing with evidence of progressive administrative responsibility. Successful candidates must possess an earned doctorate, a distinguished record of teaching, mentorship, and research, and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of Professor. The new Chair must be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Illinois.
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