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Ruth M. Kleinpell, RN-CS, PhD, FCCM, is currently the director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center and a professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She maintains an active practice as an acute care nurse practitioner, and serves as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, assisting with clinical scholarship and research initiatives. She received her diploma in nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and her baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Illinois College of Nursing. She received her acute care nurse practitioner certification at Rush University College of Nursing.
She has been an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), having served on a number of committees, including the Nursing Section Advanced Nursing Practice Committee, Membership Committee, Research Committee, Finance Committee and Program Committee, serving as program co-chair for the 2011 Congress. She served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as a faculty member for the Fundamental Critical Care Support and Fundamental Disaster Management courses, among other Society initiatives.
An experienced and funded researcher who has received federal and foundation funding, she helped secure two federal grants for SCCM totaling over $500,000 in funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She is currently serving as principal investigator for a PCORI-funded SCCM national initiative with 63 ICU teams engaged in a ten-month collaborative to improve patient- and family-centered care in the ICU. She also serves on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines committee and is an editorial board member of Critical Care Medicine and the American Journal of Critical Care.
Dr. Kleinpell is most known for her research related to the acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) role, having conducted a seminal five-year longitudinal study of more than 450 practitioners, two books on ACNP practice, and four editions of a book on assessing outcomes of advanced practice, which received American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year recognition. She has presented and published widely on advanced practice provider roles in the ICU, outcomes of advanced practice nursing, and other areas of critical care practice. She serves as a board member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Critical Care Medicine Board and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Institute of Medicine of Chicago and American College of Critical Care Medicine. Her research and contributions have been recognized with a Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Flame of Excellence Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Research Award, and SCCM Norma Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence, among others.
She recently served two terms as president of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses and has enjoyed international travels to consult on various aspects of critical care and nursing practice. She savors her hobbies of traveling with her husband and son; staying active outdoors, including swimming in warmer weather; and baking.
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