Debra Gurney Joins College of DuPage as New Director of Nursing

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By Angela MenneckeWith extensive experience overseeing nursing programs in higher education, Debra Gurney
is well-suited to serve as the new Director of Nursing in the Biology and Health Sciences
Department at College of DuPage. Her wealth of experience will allow her to lead program
approvals and accreditation processes, evaluate program goals and outcomes and oversee
curriculum.Prior to her appointment, Gurney served as executive director of nursing programs
at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., and the City Colleges of Chicago, where
she oversaw the nursing admission process, curriculum planning and evaluation and
assessment of student outcomes. Most recently, Gurney was Assistant Dean of the College
of Health Sciences at Dominican.“Dr. Gurney brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience in the field
of nursing,” COD Dean of Biology and Health Sciences Dr. M. Ahmad Chaudhry said. “She
is well capable of leading the nursing department to the next level of excellence.”Gurney began her nursing journey by taking prerequisites at a local community college.
She credits her experience with the faculty and advisors into shaping her career path. “I was a non-traditional student, married with a family, and neither of my parents
had gone to college. I had no role models in the educational world,” Gurney said.
“If I wouldn’t have had the faculty and the advising I did at the community college,
I really don’t know where I would be today. My own experience is why COD is so special
to me on a personal level. I want to ensure each nursing student is given the tools
and resources they need to succeed.”As she continues to meet with faculty to review the current curriculum, Gurney wants
to focus her efforts on recruiting and retention, as well as individual student success.“Nursing is one of the most difficult majors in any college or university setting,”

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