Message from the College of Nursing Dean: Fall 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

With fall as the traditional start to the academic year, we welcome back students and plan for the future of their educational journeys and our college. It’s a very exciting time, and I am pleased to share the following news and updates.

Drs. Lola Coke, Ruth Fiedler and I recently traveled to San Diego to receive designation as a 2017-2021 National League for Nursing Center of Education in Nursing Education at the annual education summit. This designation acknowledges the outstanding innovations, programs, opportunities and sustainability of excellence that Rush University College of Nursing provides to its students. This would not have been possible without the continued support of the Alumni Association, and we are forever grateful for the association’s generosity.

Rush University College of Nursing’s faculty practice is partnering with the Chicago Housing Authority’s Charles A. Beckett Apartments through funding provided by the U.S. Deptartment of Housing and Urban Development. This three-year project will help low-income senior tenants age in place and delay or avoid the need for unnecessary emergency department visits, hospitalizations and nursing home care.

Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN, FAHA, joined Rush University College of Nursing in August as the inaugural holder of the Kellogg Professor in Nursing and associate professor, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing. Ruppar came from the University of Missouri-Columbia Sinclair College of Nursing. His research focuses on health behavior change interventions for aging adults, primarily targeting adherence to medications. 

Jen’nea Sumo, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Women, Children and Family Nursing, received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Connections:  Increasing Diversity to study social determinants of health’s impact on grandparents caregivers’ health outcomes.

The Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Fund provided funding to 11 qualified nursing students across all academic programs to attend national professional nursing organizations and present their scholarship, enabling our young scholars to participate in national scholarly discussions.  Examples include the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Conference. 

I hope you will join me in celebrating these accomplishments. The future of Rush University College of Nursing is dependent on the strength of our students, alumni, faculty and staff, and I am confident that we will continue to succeed.

Marquis D. Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN
John L. and Helen Kellogg Dean of Nursing
Rush University College of Nursing