Dr. Wideman, with over 40 years of experience, joined the University nearly one year ago as the associate dean of online programs for the School of Nursing and has been serving as the interim dean since April.
“Marilyn’s expertise and dedication to the nursing field is a true benefit to our students and the institution,” said Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, President of Kaplan University. “The work she is doing here continues to position the University and the School of Nursing for continued success, including most importantly the graduation of qualified nursing students.”
Dr. Wideman started her career with a RN diploma from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, earning her BSN and MSN as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist from St. Louis University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a systems leadership focus at Rush University College of Nursing.
Previous to Kaplan University, Dr. Wideman’s extensive experience includes progressive leadership and program development roles in varied health care and academic settings at Rush University Medical Center and Capella University. Her grant funded work has focused on developing academic, community, and service partnerships to develop models of care that blend practice, teaching and research and on interprofessional education models for teams working with underserved populations.
Dr. Wideman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is an accreditation reviewer for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has served in leadership roles in national nursing organizations. She recently completed her tenure as a board member on the America Hospital Association’s Association for Community Health Improvement Board and currently serves as the president of the Rush University College of Nursing Alumni Board and a Trustee for Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Wideman is also a peer reviewer for Nursing Outlook and Journal of Nursing Education.
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About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately 32,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Missouri and Maryland.
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