Kathryn Wirtz Rugen, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP

  • Clinical Associate Professor
Bio

2016-present Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
2011-present National Nurse Practitioner Consultant, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations, Washington, DC
2007-2014 Associate Chief Nurse for Education & Research, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2004-2016 Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
2002-2007 Education Program Specialist, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL
1996-present Nurse Practitioner, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL
1989-1996 Neurosciences/Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
1988-1989 Neurosciences Clinical Nurse Specialist, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL
1985-1988 Neurosurgical ICU Nurse Manager, University of Chicago Hospitals
1980-1985 Staff Nurse (Neurosurgical ICU), Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Current Area of Teaching
  • NUSP 535 Management of Health and Illness II: Advanced Practice in Adult-Gerontology Nursing
Service / Practice

CLINICAL PRIVILEGES

1996-present General Internal Medicine, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

2002-present CCNE site evaluator

2015-present Reviewer: Worldviews on Evidence Based Practice

2013-present Reviewer: National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties annual meeting abstracts

2014-present Reviewer: American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual meeting abstracts and annual scholarships

2015-present Reviewer: American Journal of Nursing

Selected Honors & Awards

2016 Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2015 Inducted as Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

2011 VA Office of Nursing Service Innovation Award- Achieving Patient Driven Care Through Highly Functioning Teams for development APRN managed heart failure clinc (with DNP student mentee Charjanit Brar)

2003 Selected doctoral student to represent Rush University at Midwest Nursing Research Society

2000 Nursing Organization of the Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans- Graduate School Scholarship Recipient

1990 Inducted Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

Selected Publications

Rugen, K. W., Speroff, E., Zapatka, S., Breinza, R. (2016). VA interprofessional NP Residency: A competency based program, Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(6), e267-e273.

Reynolds,P. P. ,Klink, K., Gilman, S. C., Green, L. A., Phillips, R. S., Shipman, S., Keahey, D., Rugen, K., Davis, M. (2015). The patient-centered medical home: Preparations of the workforce, more questions than answers, Journal of General Internal Medicine 30(7), 1031-1017. (available online February 23, 2015)

Gilman, S. C., Chokshi, D. A., Bowen, J. L., Rugen, K. W. & Cox, M. (2014). Connecting the Dots: Health professions education and delivery system redesign. Academic Medicine 89(8), 1113-1118.

Rugen, K. W., Watts, S.A., Janson, S. A., Angelo, L. A., Nash, M., Zapatka, S. A., Brienza, R., Gilman, S. C., Bowen, J. L. & Saxe, J. M. (2014). Veteran Affairs centers of excellence in primary care education: Transforming nurse practitioner education. Nursing Outlook (in press).

Vick, L., Duffy, S. A., Ewing, L. A., Rugen, K. & Zak, C. (2012). Implementation of an inpatient smoking cessation programme in a Veteran Affairs facility. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, 866-880.

Menon, U., Belue, R., Wahab, S., Rugen, K., Kinney, A.Y., Maramaldi, P., Wujick, D., & Szalacha, L.A. (2011) A randomized trial comparing the effect of two phone-based interventions on Colorectal Cancer Screening Adherence. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 294-303.

Menon, U., Szalacha, L., Belue, R., Rugen, K., Martin, K. R., &  Kinney, A. Y. (2008). Interactive, culturally sensitive education on colorectal cancer screening.  Medical Care, 46(9), S44-50.

Powell, K. (2005). Seizures in the work place.  Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, 53(12), 511-513.

Wirtz, K., LaFavor, K. & Ang, R. (1996).  Managing Chronic Spinal Cord Injury in the Critical Care Setting.  Critical Care Nurse, 16 (4), 24-35.

Clayton, H., Kerr, C., Routh, B. & Wirtz, K. (1995).  Acoustic Neuroma Standard of Care.  ORL Head and Neck Nursing

Book Chapter

Rugen, K. W. (2016). Diseases of motor function. In D. Klein, L. Quinn & M. Sorenson (Eds.), Pathophysiology: A case based approach. Upper Saddle River, N.J., Pearson Education. (in press)

Rugen, K. W., Gilman, S. C. & Traylor, L. (2015). Interprofessional education as the future of education. In C. Rick (Ed.), Realizing the future of nursing: VA nurses tell their story. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office.

Priefer, B., Alt-White, A.C., Bradshaw, W., Rugen, K., Sullivan, S. C., Taylor, M., & Thomas, M. (2015). Creating a culture of inquiry and evidenced-based practice. In C. Rick (Ed.), Realizing the future of nursing: VA nurses tell their story. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office.

Jaworski, M. & Wirtz, K. (1995). Spinal trauma. In S. Kitt et al. Emergency trauma nursing: Physiologic and clinical perspectives, 2nd Ed Philadelphia, PA W.B. Saunders.

Other Scholarly Work

  • 2015 Precepting nurse practitioner students in a busy clinic, Video vignette series for National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties website
  • 2013 Evidence Based Practice video vignettes VA Office of Nursing Service website
  • 2010 Evidence Based Practice Roadmap VA Office of Nursing Service website
  • 2009 Evidence Based Practice Curriculum VA Office of Nursing Service website
  • 2007 Seizure Diagnosis and Treatment website for patients for Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • 2005 Stroke Care Across the Spectrum Educational Series for Staff Nurse for Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Current Research

2011-present Program Evaluation VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education

2010 In-patient Smoking Cessation: Bringing the Program to the Smoker VA Health Services Research & Development Duffy, S. (PI), Rugen, K. (Co-I).

2010 Mandatory Training: One Size Does NOT Fit All VA Office of Academic Affiliations/Employee Education System Rugen, K. (PI).

2004-2010 Interactive CRC screening Education in Primary Care National Cancer Institute (R21) Menon, U. (PI), Rugen, K. (Co-I) Belue, R, Wahab, S, Kinney, AY.

2004-2010 Increasing CRC Cancer Screening in Primary Care Settings National Institute of Nursing Research (RO1) Menon, U. (PI), Rugen, K. (Co-I) Belue, R, Wahab, S, Kinney, AY.

2004 Transforming Educational Affiliations for Clinical Horizons (TEACH) Program VA Office of Academic Affiliations Rugen, K. (PI).

2000-2002 Strategy to Improve Blood Pressure Control and Medication Adherence Rugen, K. (PI). The Nurses Organization of the Veterans Affairs and The Disabled American Veterans.