Jill Marks, DNP, CPNP-AC

Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in 2008


I graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with a BSN. I practiced as an RN in NICU and pediatric ED. I completed an MSN in 2007 in the AC PNP Program at Rush University and DNP at the University of Colorado in 2019. My APRN practice includes 4 years in pediatric ED (Children’s Memorial Chicago) and 5 years in inpatient pediatric pulmonary (Children’s Hospital Colorado). My current practice is in inpatient pediatric neurology (Children’s Hospital of Colorado). I have been teaching APCPNP students at Rush since 2008 and at the University of Colorado since 2015. I served PNCP as a member of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board Acute Care Exam Committee from 2014 to 2018 and the 2018 Acute Care Role Analysis Workgroup.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I love the combination of science and caring that is inherent in nursing. I am passionate about helping children and their caregivers successfully navigate times of injury and illness.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush is a leader in advanced practice nursing. My mentors are supportive and always guide and encourage me to continually learn and grow. It truly feels like a family here at Rush.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I would not be where I am today without my career mentors. They provide advice, help me create goals for myself and provide feedback along the way to encourage optimal growth. I have different mentors for different aspects of my life.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Begin with bedside nursing and take some time to figure out your passions and strengths. Use this information to guide you to your next steps.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends whenever I can.