Nursing Dean Spotlight: Mary Kohler PhD, RN

We had the opportunity to interview Mary Kohler, the Rasmussen College - Dean of the School of Nursing at the Tampa/Brandon campus location. Do you have interest in pursuing a nursing degree, or are you currently enrolled in a nursing school? If so, read ahead:

Q&A with Mary Kohler


I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference and offer a contribution to other's lives in some way.  For me, nursing is a way to leave the world a better place.

Why pursue nursing as a career?

The profession of nursing is ever expanding. Right now, new fields of nursing are emerging almost daily - take for instance genetics, forensics, and multiple other specialties. How exciting it is to be in a role where you can have such diverse options?!

Do you have any advice for recent nursing graduates?

Be patient with yourself and your patients. Your patients do not want to be sick, addicted, or mentally ill.

Also, keep in mind that as a nurse you do not know everything - and in fact - you never will. What you can bring to your patients every day is a caring heart and kindness. If your day is bad, chances are theirs is worse.

Where are nursing graduates finding nursing jobs in Florida?

In the Tampa Bay area, nurses are being hired in hospitals, clinics nursing homes, schools, and more. Some graduates have even participated in the Red Cross Disaster nursing medical missions.

Any last advice for nursing school students?

Whatever fills your heart, there is likely a nursing job or specialization to match it.

More about Dean Mary Kohler:

Mary Kohler serves as the Dean of Nursing at Rasmussen College in Tampa/Brandon, FL. She is responsible for starting and developing the professional nursing program at her campus. Prior to Rasmussen, Mary worked in informatics with Baycare Health Systems, where she implemented the use of an electronic medical record (EMR) in the nine-hospital system.

Mary received her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Salem College, and her BSN and Master’s degrees in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Her research concentration is in the area of nursing curriculum—specifically, "Exploring the Relationships among work-related stress, quality of life, job satisfaction and anticipated turnover on nursing units with clinical nurse leaders."

Mary is a member of the international nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, Southern Nursing Research Society, Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Tampa Bay Organization of Nurse Executives. In March of 2010, she attended and was inducted into the Inaugural Student Health Policy Institute of the American Association of Colleges of Nurses.

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