Amplifying a Nurse’s Voice: Cathy Catrambone, MSN ’89, DNP ’00/CON

Friday, February 23, 2018

As associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing, Cathy Catrambone, MSN ’89, DNP ’00/CON, educates future nurses on outcomes research, evidence-based practice, leadership development and health policy — all things she knows very well.

“My Rush education was pivotal in launching my research career with asthma,” said Catrambone. “Very early on, I had the privilege of working on the Chicago Initiative to Raise Asthma Health Equity, improving asthma care in various health care settings. Building upon that work, and with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health, our study team engaged more than 80 Chicago emergency departments in creating system-level changes to promote adherence with national asthma guidelines.”

As a pulmonary critical care nurse and longtime board member of the Respiratory Health Association, Catrambone has also spent three decades in advocacy and policy to promote tobacco control and smoke-free living. “When the Smoke Free Illinois Act was passed in 2008, it reaffirmed my belief of the impact a nurse’s voice can make in advocating for the health and well-being of communities,” she said.

In addition, Catrambone will leave a legacy in the global arena as President of Sigma Theta Tau International for 2015-2017. With over 135, 000 members in 91 countries, Catrambone created a vision for the organization that challenged nurses throughout the world to exert their influence to advance global health and the profession.

Now, as she helps future nurse leaders find their own voices, Catrambone’s gratitude for Rush comes full circle.

“Today I take great pride in telling people that I work at Rush,” said Catrambone, who received Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award. “The faculty’s commitment to the profession encourages students to discover their passion, be intentional about their health care journey, and actively pursue opportunities to improve health outcomes for persons, communities and populations.”