Nursing Faculty Focus: Maggie Rafferty, Director of the School of Nursing

Maggie Ozan Rafferty, M.B.A., M.H.A., R.N. serves as Director of the School of Nursing for Rasmussen College. In this role, she is responsible for leading the College's Licensed Practical Nursing degreeProfessional Nursing degree, and RN to BSN nursing degree program. 

She sat down with us today to share insight into the nursing profession, from professional advice for nursing newbies and the urgency of entering in a nursing career, to fun facts about herself!

Q&A with Maggie Rafferty

Share one piece of professional advice for nursing graduates.

When looking for employment, be sure to seek out opportunities that challenge your clinical nursing skills. Also, make sure that you evaluate the team you are joining. The quality of patient care ismaggie-rafferty important, so ensure that the organization you join has a great culture focused on exceptional standards of service and outcomes.

Why did you become a nurse?

My mom is a nurse and I grew up around all her friends who were also nurses. All I heard  from them was how great it was to be a nurse and how passionate nurses are about making a difference in people’s lives. I have been a nurse for almost 30 years and have enjoyed every day. I love being a nurse and helping others receive a quality education to  become nurses. I also enjoy  promoting our great profession. My license plate even says "BE N RN2"!

Why is it a great time to go into nursing?

Nurses will be in great demand as our populations age and live longer. From the hospital setting to positions in homecare, medical clinics, and hospice care, there are many opportunities for nurses in diverse settings.

Nursing provides you with a lot of flexibility. I was able to raise my family (of five children!) while going back to school and working.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I have had the opportunity to speak and network with nurses in countries across the world. One thing is the matter where nurses come from we have a universal passion for patients and patient care. 

More About Maggie

Maggie Ozan Rafferty, M.B.A., M.H.A., R.N. serves as Director of the School of Nursing for Rasmussen College. In this role, she is responsible for leading the College's Licenced Practical Nursing degree, Professional Nursing degree, and RN to BSN nursing degree program. Rasmussen College - School of Nursing has an enrollment of more than 1,200 students on 13 campuses and is focused on preparing future nurses to serve in a variety of healthcare settings and advancing education and development of current registered nurses. 

Prior to joining Rasmussen College, Maggie held national and international senior level healthcare leadership roles and served as the Vice President for Patient Care Services at Silver Cross Hospital. A registered nurse for more than 25 years, Maggie holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from South Suburban College, obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Governors State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Central Michigan University.

Maggie is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, The American Organization of Nurse Executives, The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), The Society for Human Resource Management, and The National Association of Associate Degree Nursing. She served as the Nurse Business Advisor for the HFMA’s Business of Caring magazine, has written and been quoted in multiple articles, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.  She is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Fifth International Nursing Management Conference in Antalya, Turkey.

Maggie and her husband Mike have five adult children and reside in Orland Park, Illinois.

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