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Nursing Faculty Focus: Dr. Rebecca Rudel

We recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Rebecca Rudel, Dean of Nursing at the Moorhead, MN college campus. Dr. Rudel is passionate about delivering quality education to nursing students, and in this interview she will highlight her wisdom about nursing degrees and nursing career information.

Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Rudel

Why did you become a nurse?

Female nurse Becky Rudel

I feel I was blessed in always knowing that one day I would be a nurse. Always. My grandmother was a mid-wife, my mother was an RN and I was always in awe of these gifted professionals in my family. Looking back, in one way I made the decision to become a nurse to honor them.

Share one piece of professional advice for nursing graduates.

Bring you - your identity and integrity, to your work. And, keep the hope and passion you hold today while you learn to dance with the chaos out there. As you truly partner with the people you care for, your passion will reward you with immeasurable joy.

The nursing workforce projections are incredible. Nationally, by 2018, the LPN job growth is expected to be 21 percent, the RN workforce needs increase by 22.2% (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Despite significant job losses in recent years in nearly all major industries, the healthcare sector of the economy is continuing to grow and nursing workforce need projections soar.

What are some fun personal facts about you?

I love the seasons in the northern Midwest. I find pure delight in budding tulips, in warm summer lakeside days, in watching leaves fall, and in playing in newly fallen snow. I also love good coffee and a little something with chocolate. Daily.

Why is Licensed Practical Nursing a good place to start?

A Practical Nursing degree program can be the start of a LPN career – or more. First, I trust that all Practical Nursing students appreciate that LPNs, they will be critically valued members of the nursing community and will significantly contribute to improving the health of our nation. LPNs hold great power for practice particularly in long-term care, nursing homes, and community-based settings. There is great honor in being an LPN. Then again, for some the degree is a start on that nursing career ladder. The LPN programs are great launch pads for a successful professional RN nursing career. They are situated in environments very different than those of large universities where the competition for admissions to Registered Nursing (RN) programs simply deletes the opportunity for some very gifted people. Starting with the LPN track is simply another path to the professional career option – a wise path for many.

More About Dr. Rebecca Rudel

Rebecca J. Rudel, PhD, MSN, RN – CNE serves as the School of Nursing Dean at the Moorhead, MN campus. In this role, she provides academic and educational leadership to nursing faculty members, students, and Fargo-Moorhead campus colleagues.

Dr. Rudel has 26 years of practice as a nurse generalist – in both rural and urban settings. She has been in nursing education since 1988, having begun her academic trajectory in the building the first Associate’s degree LPN program in North Dakota. Thereafter, she has held roles in Baccalaureate education and then progressed to teaching, research, and service roles in University programs for Master’s and Doctoral Nursing students.

Dr. Rudel has taught numerous post-secondary courses throughout her professional career, with particular expertise in curriculum development, teaching & learning, assessment & evaluation, gerontology, leadership, and health assessment. She has also served as Director of the Nurse Education Specialization at UND and as the Program Assessment Coordinator for Mankato (MN) State.

Dr. Rudel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Minot State University. She earned her Master’s in Nursing and PhD in Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. She also is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Dr. Rudel is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, the National League for Nursing, the Rural Nursing Organization, and the North Dakota Nurses Association. She has been an appointed ambassador for the NLN and to the NLN’s Task Force – web-based instruction. Additionally, Dr. Rudel served on the national Nursing Workforce Development Council. She has also been a member of the Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and an expert panel member for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, NCLEX-RN Examination. She is a reviewer for the Geriatric Nursing Journal. Becky has been honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Dr. Rudel and her husband, Keith Arneson, live in Fargo, ND. They have seven adult children across the country and two amazing granddaughters.

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