Nurse, Nursing Student Values Rush Training

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By Benson Wright

Rush provides an investment in its nurses that most other institutions can’t match. I’m not only a student in two of Rush’s graduate nursing programs, I’m also a nurse on the surgical intensive care unit and in the emergency department at Rush.

During my career I’ve been a nurse at three different hospitals in a variety of clinical settings, and none of them showed Rush’s level of commitment to developing their clinical nursing staff.

At Rush, students and staff have so much encouragement to be agents of change. I was one of three students from Rush selected as 2010-2011 Schweitzer Fellows. For my fellowship, I’ve designed and implemented a health education program for homeless youth at the Broadway Youth Center, run by Howard Brown Health Center.

Rush has a culture where everyone shares responsibility for meeting the needs of our community. Until now, there haven’t been many services available to homeless youth — I’m proud to be part of the solution. Continue reading

It Takes a College to Raise a Researcher

Rush University College of NursingBy Melanie C. Dreher

If increasing the number of NIH awards is a measure of success, the Rush University College of Nursing deserves high marks on its research report card. In three years, we have gone from one NIH-funded project to eight … not bad, given a relatively small senior research faculty.

But these results tell only part of the story. The real achievement is that this dramatic proliferation was not accomplished by recruiting academic “stars” to bring their programs of research to Rush. In fact, only one of the eight awards was granted to a new member of the faculty. The rest were seasoned faculty members who had been at Rush for several years. For five of the investigators, this was their first NIH award.

So what’s different? For sure, the creation of an Office of Research and Scholarship led by an associate dean who is a researcher herself, staffed by a statistician, data manager and knowledgeable support staff who understand NIH requirements for format and budget, located in a designated space equipped with smart boards to discuss, assemble and plan the project have all made a difference. Continue reading