Angela Moss, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, RN

Assistant Professor  
Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in 2006


I am Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice and Assistant Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. I have over 18 years of experience as a nurse educator and clinician. As Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice, I am responsible for the development and maintenance of over thirty, diverse, community-based partnerships whereby faculty nurses and nurse practitioners provide direct patient care to vulnerable populations across Chicago. My primary teaching responsibilities are in the DNP nurse practitioner programs with a focus on health assessment, business and finance, and student advisement. SI am a board certified, practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner, and I currently work one day per week in a primary care clinic serving formerly incarcerated men and women. My research interests include return on investment (ROI) and cost analysis studies of nurse-managed health centers (NMHCs), patient satisfaction of NMHCs, and the impact of health perceptions and healthcare utilization. I am also interested in strategic development of new, nurse-managed models of care delivery for underserved populations. But my real, full time job and greatest joy is raising my three small boys with my husband.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I come from a family of healthcare providers and educators, so, in a sense, nursing and higher education are in my genetic code.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

One of the most exciting things about working at Rush is collaborating with others. Some of the smartest, kindest and social justice-driven people I have ever met are here at Rush. It is humbling and a privilege to work with my Rush colleagues.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I have had many formal and informal mentors over the years - more commonly, informal mentors. A common quality each mentor has possessed is that they have pushed me to think differently. I would encourage others to seek out mentors who will help them push the edge of the envelope, so to speak. This will create new opportunities you can’t even imagine.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

To quote Aristotle (I think), my advice is, “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” In other words, pay attention to the world around you and note how you can apply yourself to help improve the health and well-being of others. Whether that means you do it as a public health nurse, a pathologist, a family medicine physician, is really irrelevant. The best advice is to stay true to your purpose, and you will end up where you’re meant to be vocationally.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy raising my children together with my husband - taking them to parks and play dates, on cross country road trip adventures, helping them learn and grow, and also helping them discover their own passions and talents.