A Homecoming Story

“No matter where I’ve gone in my journey, I’ve always felt I’m still a part of the Rush family,” said Angelique Richard, BSN ’85, MSN ‘88/CON, who in 2016 was appointed vice president of clinical nursing and chief nursing officer for Rush University Medical Center and associate dean for practice in Rush University College of Nursing.

“My roots go very deep at Rush,” said Richard, who went on to receive her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago after earning her master’s
at Rush. “I cut my teeth here, and my education has been a lifelong gift — but with any gift comes a certain level of responsibility.” 
Before rejoining Rush, the 30-year nursing veteran served as the chief nurse executive and vice president of clinical operations for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Richard is also a past president of the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association. 
“I was very fortunate to get more than just an outstanding education at Rush,” Richard said. “I learned to establish strong relationships and respect other disciplines who care for patients because it truly does take a village. Whatever level of nursing you’re practicing at, it’s important to remember that it is a privilege to serve others, and that is what Rush helps us realize.”