Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, announced the appointment of Chandice Covington, PhD, RN, PNP (BC), FAAN, as dean of the school of nursing.
In her new role. Covington will lead the pursuit of excellence in nursing education, scholarship, research and clinical training, and she will be responsible for providing academic leadership for the school of nursing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, while promoting student-centered experiences, according to the universitys website.
Dr. Covington is joining Kaplan University at an exciting time as we proudly celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kaplan University School of Nursing and look ahead to the next decade of the schools growth, said Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University provost. Her accomplishments as an educator, researcher and as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner are a great asset to us as she leads the school in shaping the practice of nursing one nurse at a time.
A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Covington earned her doctorate of philosophy in clinical nursing research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her MSN and BSN degrees from the University of Texas, Houston.
Her extensive teaching experience also includes positions at University of California at Los Angeles; Wayne State University in Detroit; the University of Texas at Dallas; University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and Northwestern State University in Shreveport, La.
As a nurse researcher, Covington has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications focused on outcomes and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute. Most recently, she was an investigator on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop a breast shield to deactivate HIV in breast milk. She has a particular research interest in improving the health of women, children and families globally.
Kaplan University serves approximately 43,000 online and campus-based students and more than 2,500 RNs have completed advanced nursing degrees with Kaplan University to prepare for the ever increasing demands of their profession, according to its website. In a recent survey of Kaplan University nursing graduates, 98% stated their online education prepared them with the right technology skills for their nursing roles. The university has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University learning centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
For more information, go to www.kaplanuniversity.edu/nursing.aspx