Office of 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 through the website 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 our learning model. Faculty with graduate education and advanced clinical skills hold strategic positions in the college, as well as in the Medical Center and the community. In fact, 90 percent 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 our 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.

Barbara Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN
John L. and Helen Kellogg Acting Dean of Nursing

Dean’s Office Leadership

Barbara Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean

JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN, Associate Dean of Research

Sarah Livesay, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, ACNS-BC, Assistant Dean of Specialty Education

Monique Reed, PhD, RN,  Assistant Dean of Generalist Education

Mary Zonsius, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean of Evaluation

Barbara Swanson PhD, RN, FAAN, ACRN, Assistant Dean of Nursing Science Studies

Susan Buchholz, PhD, RN, Acting Chairperson, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing

Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Chairperson, Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing

Kathryn Swartwout, PhD, APPN, FNP-BC, Chairperson, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing

Rhonda Owens, EdD, Director of Administrative Services

Vince Gattuso, MBA, Director of Finance