Kathleen Rich, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN-CSC, CNN (Chesterton, IN); Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist, La Porte Regional Health System
Kathy Rich is the Cardiovascular Clinical Specialist at La Porte Regional Health System. As an Advanced Practice Nurse for 23 years in Critical Care and Cardiovascular nursing, she is responsible for assisting the nursing staff in delivering the highest quality care to cardiovascular and critical care patients.
Kathy started her career with a 3-year Diploma in Nursing from Michael Reese Hospital, School of Nursing. While a staff nurse at St. Catherine Hospital, she went back to school for a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Valparaiso University. She returned again for a Masters from the School of Nursing at Purdue Calumet and was employed as a Critical Care Clinical Specialist at The Methodist Hospitals. She then earned a PhD in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago. She is nationally certified in a number of critical care areas. Kathy is a member of several nursing organizations including the International Honor Society of Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau. She presents at local and national nursing symposiums on a variety of topics. Kathy has authored nursing articles and book chapters. She has received several awards including the Lifesaving Partner Award from the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network. She remains linked to Purdue Calumet as a clinical preceptor to Advanced Practice Nursing students.
Kathy’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“The major area that stands out is the mentoring practiced by the nursing faculty. A mentor is described as a ‘wise and trusted counselor’. In addition, I feel that a mentor takes a special interest in helping that person succeed. Through actions, information and encouragement, a mentor goes above and beyond a traditional teacher. This is what I experienced from Purdue nursing faculty and what I continually strive to achieve in my practice.”
Advice for current Purdue Calumet students:
“Never stop learning and share your knowledge with others – both promote growth.”