Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing

Message from the Department Chair:

Elizabeth A. Carlson, PhD, RN

I am privileged to be part of such an outstanding and committed faculty dedicated to excellence, innovation, and leadership in health care. I have been at Rush since 1976 because of the excellence in nursing that Rush embodies. 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 5 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, intervention for cardiac risk reduction, and the study of adverse events of hospitalization for older adults, most notably hospital-acquired delirium and DNP-PhD collaboration.