UK College of Nursing Announces 2021-22 Nursing Leadership Lecture Series

Posted: September 21, 2021

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing and UK HealthCare are proud to announce the lineup for their 2021-2022 Nursing Leadership Lecture series.  This year's series features some of the nation's most highly accomplished nurse leaders who will be discussing different topics related to healthcare and leadership. Specific titles for each lecture will be announced closer to the date of each event. 

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 at noon 
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Topic: “Heroes Among Us Panel:  Making a Difference by Serving in Organizational Leadership Roles”

Julianne Ossege, PhD, FNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP - Kentucky Nurses Association, director at-large
Julie A. Marfell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP - Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition, president
Lovoria Williams, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP, FAAN - Lexington Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, president
Patricia K. Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN - Emergency Nurses Association, past president
Chizimuzo Okoli, PhD, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NCTTP, FAAN, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, president-elect
Jessica Wilson, PhD, RN, APRN - Kentucky Board of Nursing, president
Jacob Higgins, PhD, RN, CCRN-K - Sigma Delta Psi, president

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at noon
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Randy Rasch, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Dean, Michigan State University's College of Nursing 

Dr. Rasch was recently named dean of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. He has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching in higher education. Prior to becoming dean at Michigan State, he was a visiting professor and interim chair in the Department of Nursing at North Carolina Central University-Durham and a professor and chair of the Department of Community Practice Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His work at UNCG focused on leading faculty in community and mental health nursing as well as nursing care for the elderly. Before that, Dean Rasch served as director of family nurse practitioner programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. He worked as a family nurse practitioner for more than 10 years and was the first statewide director of nursing services for the Tennessee Department of Correction in Nashville. In 1975 he became the first African American male to serve as a public health nurse in the Berrien County Health Department in Michigan. Dean Rasch received his doctoral degree from the UT Austin School of Nursing in 1988. He is a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a distinguished scholar in the National Academies of Practice.

Thursday, April 14, 2022, at noon
UK Chandler Hospital's Karpf Auditorium 

Dean, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions 

Dr. White, who recently completed service as the Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships in the School of Nursing and Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia and where he continues in that affiliation as an emeritus professor, began his role at the MGH Institute on July 1, 2021. While at UVA, Dr. White also held joint appointments at the Darden School of Business, the McIntire School of Commerce, and the School of Medicine. He also maintained a clinical practice as a palliative care nurse practitioner at UVA Medical Center. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with the Mercy Health System, an international provider of health care, where he led the civilian hospital on Guam and served in various administrative roles with Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

From 1993-2013, Dr. White was a professor and directed the graduate programs in health administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also held the inaugural Sentara Professorship in Health Administration until his transition to UVA in 2013. He has completed visiting professorships at the Luiss Business School in Rome and at the Swiss School of Public Health. He also has completed consultancies in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Guam, Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Dr. White’s scholarly work is extensive. He has published many refereed articles as well as chapters and texts on several areas important to the practice of nursing including: intensive, hospice and palliative care; nursing innovation and entrepreneurship; the evolution of Catholic health systems; access to health care for vulnerable populations; and many areas of hospital leadership and management. He is widely known for his award-winning text, The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization, published by Health Administration Press which now is in its 9th edition. In 2019, he received the American College of Healthcare Executives Gold Medal Award, its highest award for lifetime contributions to health and health care leadership.

Dr. White received his BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Post-MS Certificate as an Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. In his work as a certified nurse practitioner, he also holds specialty certification in hospice and palliative care.

Dr. White was inducted as a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Later this year, he will begin a two-year term as the President of the American Academy of Nursing, an organization with which he has been actively involved for years.