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Search for Associate Dean Intensifies as Cram Prepares to Step Down

Ellen Cram

It is with great gratitude that the University of Iowa College of Nursing announces Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Ellen Cram, PhD, RN will step down following the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Executive Associate Dean Thad Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN says, “Dr. Cram has led the college’s undergraduate programs through a dynamic five years of significant growth. Her leadership, dedication and influence on thousands of BSN students will be missed.”

From 1989‐2009, Dr. Cram held increased teaching roles at the College of Nursing. In her role as associate dean, she has been a strong representative for the college at the university level, in the community and nationally. She has increased faculty development for faculty teaching in the undergraduate programs and strengthened clinical simulation at the college.

Dr. Cram is a graduate of Allen Memorial School of Nursing, Coe College BSN program and earned a master’s degree in nursing administration and a PhD from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Cram has provided a wealth of experience in nursing administrative practice to her teaching role. She worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the roles of clinical specialist, nurse manager, nursing supervisor and associate director. Her clinical experience is primarily in the areas of burn care and critical care. Dr. Cram has conducted research on operating room nurses’ role structure, job satisfaction, student learning outcomes and simulation. Her publications are focused on clinical topics, role design, staff recognition, student learning strategies, and simulation. She is also a reviewer for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare journal.

Dr. Cram was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International in 1985 and is currently a member of the Gamma Chapter at the UI. In 2000, she received the honor of being named the Outstanding Iowa Nurse Leader of the year by the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. In 2001, she received the Iowa Council on Disabilities Achievement Award for an innovative return to work program for nurses injured on the job. In 2010, she received a Technology in Teaching Award. Dr. Cram has served as past president of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders, District G, Sigma Theta Tau-Gamma Chapter and Iowa Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Locally, Dr. Cram serves on the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Johnson County. At the state level, she is a member of the Regional Action Coalition to enact the goals of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.  The committee is working to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN. At the national level, Dr. Cram serves as a CCNE site evaluator for baccalaureate nursing educational accreditation and on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Faculty Teaching Award committee.

The search is underway to fill Dr. Cram’s role. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at jobs.uiowa.edu under requisition #67803.

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Jan 21st, 2016