We recently had the opportunity to interview Diana Gruman, Dean of Nursing at the Rasmussen College - Wausau, WI campus. In this interview, Dean Gruman highlights nursing degrees and nursing career information.
Q&A with Diana Gruman
Share one piece of professional advice for nursing graduates.
As you move ahead in your career, remember that you were once a student and support those individuals that are learning. Be good role models and mentors to others.
Why did you become a nurse?
I had wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. I spend a fair amount of time in the hospital as a child and remember the nurses—both good and bad—that took care of me. I wanted to provide care to individuals who were in need of care and comfort just as I was. I felt that it was what I was meant to do and I never had thoughts of doing anything other than becoming a nurse.
What are typical Registered Nurse (RN) duties?
RNs—regardless of specialty or work setting—treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members.
RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms; help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, while administering treatment and medications, and helping with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
- Case manager
- Clinical nurse specialist
- Nurse manager
- Nurse educator
- Nurse practitioner
- Flight nurse
- Forensic nurse
- Holistic nurse
- Military nursing
- Nursing informatics
- Research nurse
- Travel nurse
- Correctional nurse
- Enterostomal therapy nurse
- Genetics nurse
- Long-term Care nurse
- Occupational Health nurse
- Oncology nurse
- OR (Perioperative) nurse
- Orthopaedic nurse
- Pediatric nurse
- Primary care nurse
- Psychiatric nurse
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Respiratory nurse
- School nurse
- Transplant nurse
- Trauma nurse
Why is nursing a strong profession in Wisconsin?
Aside from the fact that nursing professionals are in demand in the state of Wisconsin, here are the additional reasons nursing is a strong profession in Wisconsin:
- The opportunity to serve others, to help them grow and be strong.
- The work is interesting. There are a great many innovations that happen in health care.
- There is such a variety of people to work with to promote health and wellness.
- There are always new challenges to take on and new roads.
- In times when the market is considered saturate, there are still places where jobs can be found.
Why is it a great time to go into nursing?
Nursing is such a rewarding profession with so many opportunities. It is amazing the number of places you find nurses working today. Nursing continues to be one of the most respected and trusted professions, and being able to touch lives every day is so rewarding.
More on Dean Diana Gruman
Diana Gruman serves as the Dean of Nursing for the Rasmussen College - Wausau, WI campus. In this role, she is responsible for oversight of the Professional Nursing program, including managing enrollment, retention, and curriculum. The Wausau campus is now launching its nursing programs and is enrolling nursing students for the fall quarter.
Prior to joining Rasmussen College in March 2011, Diana served as a faculty member at Mid-State Technical College as well as various nurse manager positions. Most recently, Dean Gruman served as the Director of Nursing for Marshfield Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Diana has been a registered nurse for more than 18 years, holding an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Northcentral Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Viterbo University and a Master’s degree in Nursing Management and Education from University of Phoenix. Currently Diana is a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University.
Diana is a member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association, National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing, Association of Nurse Educators of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Diana has two children and resides in Marshfield, Wisconsin.