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Research, quality improvement projects and scholarship are integral components of the Office of Faculty Practice. Students and faculty experience an exceptional opportunity to learn and develop skills in Chicago-area healthcare settings. This real-world knowledge makes the students and faculty involved in the Office of Faculty Practice unparalleled!

Learn about our student shadowing and work study opportunities


  • Average of 45,511 Faculty Practice practitioner clinical hours annually
  • Number of Faculty Practice work study students: 8
  • Average of 2,212 Faculty Practice work study student hours annually
  • Current Number of Faculty Practice student projects
    • 22 DNP projects at some stage of planning, implementation, evaluation or completion
    • 1 HSM project ready to implement
    • 2 GEM (pre-licensure nursing) capstones just completed
  • Average of 16,853 Faculty Practice student clinical hours annually


  • GNE Grant: The Rush Graduate Nursing Education (GNE) demonstration project purpose was to strategically increase the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) workforce through federal support for APRN student training sites. Project dates were August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2018 and APRN student enrollment tripled over the baseline year. This was achieved by establishing over 40 strategic partnerships with clinical training sites, some of which developed into current Faculty Practice clinical sites.
  • ANEW Grant: The Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant develops and evaluates an academic-practice partnership model for clinical training of Family Nurse Practitioner students within a FQHC, project dates are July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. This project also provides stipend support prioritized to primary care nurse practitioner students from underrepresented, disadvantaged or veteran groups planning to practice in underserved settings. The FQHC in this grant is also a Faculty Practice partner and the academic-practice partnership model developed will be implemented in the future at other Faculty Practice clinical partner sites.
  • 2018-2019: Primary Investigator
    • Title:  Building Health Self-Efficacy at St. Leonard’s Ministries
    • Funding:  $30,000 sub-award from the $5,000,000 BMO Harris Bank Award
  • 2018-2019: Nursing Team Leader
    • Title:  Upkeep & Repair Plus Program Services (CAPABLE)
    • Funding:  $50,000 – The Retirement Research Foundation
  • 2014-present: Primary Investigator   
    • Title:  The Rush University College of Nursing Sue Gin Health Center at Oakley Square
    • Funding:  $250,000 – Exelon Corporation
  • 2015-2016: Primary Investigator
    • Title:  The Impact of Worksite Access to Primary Care Services Among Low Income Foodservice Workers
    • Funding:  $7500 – Rush University Golden Lamp Society Kellogg Doctoral Student Grant
  • 2013-2014: Primary Investigator                                                                                    
    • Title:  Cost Analysis of a Workplace Nurse-Managed Health Clinic
    • Funding:  $10,000 – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Grant # 13010603
  • 2013-2014: APN & Study Site Coordinator                                                                              
    • Title:  Pilot Study of a Physical Activity Text Messaging Intervention for a Food Service Employee Population.
    • Funding:  $34,000 – Rush University College of Nursing

Office of Faculty Practice College of Nursing Programs Collaboration

Pre-licensure Clinical Nurse Leader Program

Students in the pre-licensure Clinical Nurse Leader program are exposed to non-traditional nursing roles in the community through participation in many opportunities at faculty practice sites. Several sites can accommodate groups of students for clinical such as the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Northside Housing Program, a shelter for homeless men. The completion of meaningful capstone projects helps to address stakeholder needs at the site, serves as valuable leadership experience and is a potential opportunity for scholarship. Students who receive financial aid are paired with several faculty practice sites to complete required work-study hours. These too help to address needs of stakeholders at these sites and are a valuable experience for students. Students can also sign up to volunteer at faculty practice sites that serve a population of interest.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who compete clinical hours or scholarly projects contribute to improved outcomes for clients served by the various faculty practice sites. Expert faculty clinicians, who are knowledgeable about both clinical and academic expectations, guide students as they learn to provide health care to a specific patient population. The settings are often non-traditional and serve to broaden the experiences of the student. Students learn valuable leadership skills and how to translate evidence to practice when they complete their DNP project at a faculty practice site. These projects, identified with input from stakeholders at the sites, improve the quality of care provided and are a potential source of scholarship for the student.

Office of Faculty Practice and Health Systems Management Collaboration

The Health Systems Management (HSM) program at Rush University has received national recognition for its unique application-based instruction. And in keeping with Rush University’s teacher-practitioner model, each HSM student is presented with an internship role within a Rush department. Interns are expected to contribute to meaningful projects, thereby gaining valuable experience and preparing them for a career in health care. The Rush College of Nursing, Office of Faculty Practice (OFP) started partnering with the HSM department in the Fall of 2016 and has since exposed students to the long-term planning for the College of Nursing Sue Gin Health Center at Oakley Square, as well as financial planning projects, marketing efforts and website development for the OFP.

Shekleton-Clement Scholarship

Last year, four 2017 Shekleton-Clement Scholarship awardees began working with the Office of Faculty Practice to identify funding and expansion opportunities for our own Sue Gin Health Clinic. The Shekleton-Clement scholarship’s purpose was to bring two CON students (Krystal Walker and Blaire Williams) and two HSM students (Linnea Karlson and Govinder Gill) together to work on an assigned task. Their outstanding project led to the development of these signs!


Shekleton-Clement Signs
Shekleton-Clement Signs
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U.S. News ranks the College of Nursing in the top 1 percent of Doctor of Nursing Practice programs and in the top 3 percent of Master of Science in Nursing programs.


We offer clinical experience and expertise from faculty practitioners and students from the Rush University College of Nursing, which has four programs ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The College of Nursing is ranked fourth among nursing schools in the United States by Nursing School Almanac.