Amanda graduated with a BA in psychology from Smith College (Dean’s List) and worked with special education pre-school children prior to attending Rush. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholar, an award given to students underrepresented in nursing to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals.
Amanda believes that, “The dynamic role of nurses makes them, not only, a fundamental part of a health care team but also makes their position interesting and always exciting.” While balancing school and personal commitments, Amanda also volunteers for community service learning opportunities offered through Rush.
Meet Rush PhD Student Ben Inventor:
Ben Inventor, MSN, APRN is one of 11 pre-doctoral recipients across the United States to receive one of the 2-year John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) scholarship grants. This grant enables Ben to attend the PhD program full-time.
Ben graduated with his master’s degree in gerontological nursing from Rush. He has practiced on the Rush University Medical Center inpatient gero-psychiatric unit and is in a collaborative private practice. He works as a consultant to nursing home staff concerning behavioral symptoms of persons with dementia. He plans to build upon this clinical work during his doctoral program.
Benson Wright, BSN, RN, is enrolled in the clinical nurse leader (CNL) program for RNs. Benson is a nurse on the surgical intensive care unit and president of the Professional Nursing Staff at Rush. In the clinical nurse leader program Benson is learning important leadership skills necessary for today's complex health care arena and how to improve quality and safety outcomes for patients.
Benson was one of three students from Rush selected as a 2010 - 2011 Schweitzer Fellow. For his fellowship, he designed and implemented a health education program for homeless youth at the Broadway Youth Center in Chicago. “Rush has a culture where everyone shares responsibility for meeting the needs of our community. Until now, there haven’t been many services available to homeless youth—I’m proud to be part of the solution.”
Meet Rush DNP Alumnus Jennifer Rousseau:
Jennifer Rousseau, DNP, APRN, recently graduated from Rush’s DNP program in systems leadership. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Nursing at Rush. Jennifer’s DNP project focused on the implementation of effective screening and referral for women at risk for developing post-partum depression after giving birth.
Jennifer specializes in perinatal nursing issues and is both a women’s health and pediatric nurse practitioner. She has been awarded the Nurse Educator Fellowship Award from the Illinois Board of Higher Education the purpose of which is to ensure the retention of skilled nursing faculty at nursing institutions of higher learning.