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Office of the Dean

Christine Kennedy

Welcome to RUSH University College of Nursing.

We are living in unprecedented times, but as the most trusted profession in America there has never been a better time to become a nurse or to advance your profession as a nurse. Health care is being challenged, but RUSH nurses are innovating and creating the future. RUSH faculty and alumni are pushing boundaries in practice, education, research, health policy and advocacy – and leading in all domains. Peruse our website to learn about RUSH’s 135-year history and unique contributions to the nursing profession then come join us!

What you will find at RUSH University College of Nursing is a healthy work environment, dedicated professional staff, cutting edge faculty, top ranked graduate programs and community-engaged academic practice-partnerships. The unification of education, research and practice is our guiding approach, with its historical antecedents rooted in the legendary work of the College’s first Dean, Dr. Luther Christman – an innovator and maverick in higher education. Our faculty have active clinical practices and programs of research where students are invited to learn alongside them in the classroom, lab, clinic or on the research team.

We are a school-without-walls where learning is valued and transmitted in many different modalities and venues including residential classes, hybrid and distant learning options. You will find us in the halls of the Medical Center, at the bedside and in the boardroom, on the streets of Chicago and in communities around the state, as well as in the Statehouse! We value diversity, inclusion and the tenets of social justice in achieving equity in healthcare. What you will experience at Rush is a sense of belonging. Your mindset will be challenged, but you will also be supported to further develop your competency. All of our programs are top ranked, but your impact is how we measure our success!

Join us at RUSH University College of Nursing where excellence is just the beginning.

Christine M. Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN
John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean, College of Nursing
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, RUSH University Medical Center


Dean's Office Leadership

Christine M. Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean

Frank D. Hicks, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Affairs

Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

Barbara Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, ACRN, Associate Dean of Research

Sarah Livesay, DNP, APRN, FNCS, FAAN, Associate Dean, Practice Scholarship

Angela Moss, PhD, MSN, APN-BC, RN, Assistant Dean of Faculty Practice

Lynette Richter, DNP, RN, CCRN, CNL, Assistant Dean of Generalist Education

Mary Zonsius, PhD, RN, Assistant Dean of Evaluation

Michael J. Kremer, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FNAP, FAAN, Chairperson, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing

Lynn Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, Chairperson, Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing

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

View the complete College of Nursing faculty list