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Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing

Chairperson: Lynn D. Mohr, PhD, APRN, PCNS-BC, CPN, FCNS

Our department vision is to "Drive health equity by transforming healthcare via educating nursing professionals through innovation science, scholarship and practice in the care of women, children and their families." 

Innovative Science and Scholarship

Departmental faculty include highly qualified clinicians, educators and scientists who share their knowledge and expertise as published authors;  speakers at local, regional, national, and international professional meetings; active leaders in professional organizations; editors of books; and as practice, educational, and research leaders and consultants. Faculty have received funding from National Institutes of Health among other foundations and agencies that support leading edge research. Funded areas of research include parent-training programs (Chicago Parent Program and Building Bridges to Fatherhood) for at-risk families living in low-income, ethnic minority communities, supporting paternal involvement in African American non-resident fathers and reducing disparities in breastfeeding to improve morbidity and mortality for vulnerable infants and development, pilot testing, and deployment of technology-enhanced interventions that address co-occurring interpersonal violence, mental health co-morbidities, and substance use.

Practice Programs

Graduates of our advanced practice programs become pediatric nurse practitioners (CPNP-PC)neonatal nurse practitioners (NNP-BC)acute care pediatric nurse practitioners (CPNP-AC)pediatric clinical nurse specialist (ACCNS-P) and neonatal clinical nurse specialist (ACCNS-N) and are eligible for national certification. ​Graduates of the Transformative Leadership: Systems program ​serve to improve outcomes and lead change at the systems level. 

US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools


U.S. News and World Report 2022 Best Graduate Nursing Programs ranks RUSH #2 DNP program and other rankings as follows:

#1: DNP Pediatric Acute Care

#1: DNP Nursing Administration (Transformative Leadership: Systems)

 #2: DNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner ​