Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, who sparked a period of renewed growth and importance at the University of Rochester School of Nursing in more than a decade as dean, will step down as the school’s leader effective June 30.
A member of the UR nursing faculty for over 35 years, Rideout was officially installed as the school’s fifth dean in 2012 after serving on an interim basis the previous year. She was appointed Vice-President of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in 2013 and was appointed for a second five-year term as Dean in 2017. She will return to the faculty as as a professor of clinical nursing and pediatrics. at the end of the academic year.
A committee headed by Eli Eliav, DMD, PhD, director of the Eastman Institute of Oral Health, will soon launch a national search for a new dean.
“Kathy’s leadership will be sadly missed by faculty, staff and students across the University,” said UR president Sarah mangelsdorf. âShe has been unwavering in her commitment to diversity and inclusion, recruited record numbers of nursing students, and forged invaluable partnerships with the University of Rochester Medical Center. School, University and Greater Rochester are all better for its service.
“Kathy Rideout took matters into her own hands when our nursing school needed new leadership and fostered an educational environment that produces graduates ready to elevate the role of nursing and improve the delivery of patient care.” , said Mark B. Taubman, MD, CEO of URMC and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. âAmong her many accomplishments, she can take exceptional pride in the growth and success of the Center for Employee Wellness under her leadership. As Deans, we strengthened the collaboration between the Medical Center’s Nursing Education and Physician Education programs in a way that improved both schools and serves as a national model today. I deeply appreciate Kathy’s professional partnership as well as her personal friendship.
âI am extremely honored and blessed to have been able to be the dean of the greatest nursing school in the world,â said Rideout. “It was a very difficult decision not to come back for five years.”
Continuing the tradition of the school’s founding dean, icon of nursing Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, Rideout has been an influential voice in national discussions on nursing leadership and education. Closer to home, she oversaw a period of substantial growth in the school’s three missions: research, teaching and nursing practice. She has also been a strong advocate for more diversity and inclusion at University and in the nursing profession, while continuing to practice clinically as an advanced practice pediatric nurse at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Rideout’s commitment to the school’s students, staff and faculty is legendary. Accessible and informal, she is named practically with all the students of the school. She also holds frequent meetings with academics and professors, and sends a happy email message to the school community every Monday that celebrates individuals and their accomplishments, big and small. She has personally mentored countless students during her tenure as Dean and takes the time to meet individually with each new professor and staff who is hired.
“When you see her in the lobby and she says, ‘Hello’, you never had to call her ‘Dean Rideout’ or ‘Dr. Exit.’ It really leveled the playing field, âsaid Yvette Conyers, ’07N, President of the Rochester Black Nurses Association, who graduated from the UR School of Nursing and later became part of the school’s faculty. âFor me, that never took her away as a leader or dean. It just made her more accessible.
âShe’s a quiet leader, not flashy. She’s very good at developing personal relationships and creating an environment where people are treated with respect, regardless of their status in the hierarchy, âsaid Ford, who ran the school from 1972 to 1986.â And thatâs it. is a strong leader, strong enough. You can sometimes underestimate this strength much to your dismay.
Among the main achievements of Rideout’s mandate:
- A redesign of the approach to nursing education that complements the personal touch of nursing with a more sophisticated use of technology and experiential learning techniques, preparing nursing students for a long career in a profession rapidly changing;
- A return to notoriety in the national rankings. The school has consistently ranked in the top 25 for National Institutes of Health research funding for the past 10 years and ranks 26e among master’s programs, according to US News & World Report;
- The creation and expansion of the UR Medicine Center for the well-being of employees. The nurse-run program, operated from the School of Nursing, started as a pilot program for the University of Rochester in 2013 and now serves more than 55 businesses in the greater Rochester area;
- The development of groundbreaking diversity initiatives, such as the enhancement of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, and the creation of staff and student diversity officers that led Rideout to host the UR Presidential Diversity Award and the school to be nationally recognized as a four-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award;
- Led the school through a solid period of financial growth, culminating with the $ 15 million vertical expansion of Helen Wood Hall. The new addition will provide technologically enhanced learning and simulation areas when it opens in spring 2022.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Rideout began working as an advanced pediatric nurse at Strong and joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 1986. She received her doctorate from the Warner School of Education and Human Development in 1995. She has completed his specialized ostomy training program in 2000.