Ellen B. Rudy, PhD, RN, FAAN
Ellen B. Rudy is Dean Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh.
Her nursing career began when she graduated with a BSN from the Ohio State University.
She eventually went on to earn a masters in Public Administration from the University of Dayton, a masters in nursing from the University of Maryland and a PhD in nursing from Case Western Reserve University.
early career in nursing included public health nursing, critical care staff nursing, emergency nursing and clinical administration.
academic teaching career began at Kent State University
and from there she
went to Case Western Reserve University
was the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Acute Care Nursing and Associate Dean for Research.
In 1991 she
moved to the University of Pittsburgh
as Dean and Professor and retired from there in 2001.
Dr. Rudy is a nationally recognized expert in the field of nursing research and has been a principal investigator on several National Institute of Health-funded projects.
investigations have focused on critical care, nurse-managed care, women's health and patient outcomes.
Under Dr. Rudy's
deanship at the University of Pittsburgh
, the school developed strong programs in both the clinical and research areas.
The School of Nursing repeatedly ranked among the ten highest National Institute for Nursing Research-funded schools.
At that same time, a successful faculty practice plan was implemented for the School's clinical faculty.
During a sabbatical as Dean, Dr. Rudy combined her belief in both the clinical and research mission of academics by working as an emergency room staff nurse for one summer and then spending her remaining sabbatical time working on research grants.
The emergency room experience left her
with the feeling that nurses were under recognized for their contribution to quality care.
This prompted her
to have the school of nursing establish a Cameo of Caring recognition program for excellence in bedside nursing.
This program now involves 37 Pittsburgh area hospitals and three other universities have established Cameo programs of their own.
has published widely in professional journals and has co-authored several books.
Since her retirement from the University of Pittsburgh she has served as Senior Consultant for the National Institute of Nursing Research, Visiting Professor at Ohio State University College of Nursing, and consultant to several schools of nursing for research.