Mentoring Profile: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing

July 27, 2017

The Rush Women Mentoring Program fosters professional development and a sense of community and collaboration among women faculty at Rush University. In this series, we highlight program mentors and mentees and learn more about how mentoring has impacted them.

Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, College of Nursing, joined Rush in 1978.

Tell us about your background.

I’m an associate professor at Rush University College of Nursing, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing. I teach in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD programs, with an emphasis on outcomes research, evidence-based practice, leadership development and health policy. I’m also a pulmonary nurse expert, promoting lung health, smoking cessation, smoke-free environments and clean air. My research is funded by the CDC and IDPH and focuses on asthma surveillance and system-level interventions to promote guideline recommended asthma care in the emergency department setting. I’m president of Sigma Theta Tau International for 2015-2017. STTI comprises 135,000 members in 91 countries worldwide. I’m also an inaugural member of the STTI Global Advisory Panel for the Future of Nursing, which will establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing and midwifery in advancing global health.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I am passionate about lung health and global health leadership. Early in my career, I worked on a pulmonary critical care unit and experienced firsthand the impact of lung disease for those in my care. I decided at that time I would focus my research and service on promoting lung health. I have always had an interest in leadership. After experiencing the impact of Sigma Theta Tau International and their global health mission, I was intentional about my leadership journey in the organization. I am honored to serve as the 30th president for 2015-2017.

What excites you about your work at Rush?

My work at Rush is exciting and rewarding on many levels. I value the respectful and collegial environment at Rush. Everyone is passionate about their work and willing to share their time and expertise generously. Rush is supportive of my professional aspirations and provides a rich pool of resources that has allowed me to grow as a clinician, researcher and leader.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship?

The mentoring at Rush is exceptional. Through the Rush University mentoring program and the mentoring in the College of Nursing, I have and continue to grow as a researcher and leader.

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

First, know what you are passionate about and pursue it with intention. Seek mentors along the way in areas of need or interest.

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

I enjoy the opera, pop music and movies. As one of 12 children, I spend most of my free time enjoying and celebrating with family.