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N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair in Nursing

The N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair was the first endowed chair at the Seattle University College of Nursing. The fund was established in 1990 when President William Sullivan accepted a stock gift worth $10,000 from Jean Bushman. She was absolutely passionate about starting an endowed chair in nursing. Over the years with contributions of colleagues, alumni, and friends of nursing the endowment grew and has now reached a point where there are sufficient funds to endow two chairs in the College of Nursing.

Photo left to right: N.Jean Bushman, Eileen Ridgway, Patricia Buchsel

Pictured L to R: Jean Bushman, Elieen Ridgway, Patricia Puchsel

Ms. Bushman taught in the College of Nursing for 35 years before becoming faculty emerita in 1995. Her enduring legacy enables the College of Nursing to strengthen our capacity to ensure teaching, research, and practice excellence. 

In December 2015, Dr. Anne Hirsch and Dr. Danuta M. Wojnar were each appointed as an N. Jean Bushman Endowed Chair in Nursing at Seattle University. Drs. Wojnar and Hirsch join two esteemed past holders of the N. Jean Bushman Chair in Nursing: Katherine Camacho Carr, PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM, FAAN and Mary de Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC FAAN. 

Photo left to right: Danuta Wojnar, Dean Kristen Swanson, Anne Hirsch

Pictured L to R: Danuta Wojnar, Dean Kristen Swanson, Anne Hirsch

Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, FAAN

Dr. Hirsch is committed to assuring that health care is available and relevant to all through preparation of a workforce representative of the people served. She has written numerous federal grants to ensure historically underrepresented ethnic minority and rural dwelling students can afford and succeed at becoming advanced practice nurses. She 'walks the walk' by providing care to homeless families and teens as a Nurse Practitioner. She has led statewide innovative programs that have created access to education through on-line programs, chaired a design team to formulate a master plan for nursing education in Washington (a model for the nation!), chaired a sub-committee of the Washington Nursing Action Coalition to enact these recommendations, and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the coordinating committee to establish core performance measures for healthcare (the only educator or NP appointed to this key policy setting committee). She serves on the Western Governor's University Nursing Advisory Board. Through academic leadership roles she has established a PhD program at Washington State University (WSU) and two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs WSU and Seattle University. She has twice successfully brought the Seattle University College of Nursing through Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation reviews. Testimony to her clinical and leadership acumen are her induction into the both the Academy of Advanced Nursing Practice and the American Academy of Nursing.

Danuta M. Wojnar PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Wojnar focuses her research, practice, and policy work on care of underserved and diverse families and making sure that the care received by all is accessible, of the highest quality, and culturally relevant. Clinical populations she has worked with include the LGBTQ community (especially around childbearing experiences), Somali families, and breastfeeding women. She has received funding from the Sinegal Foundation, Better Way Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Sigma Theta Tau, and the Barlow Foundation. As an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, she used that opportunity to study the role of nurses in primary care and co-authored a seminal paper on the topic; and gather national data on the role of nursing students in primary care. As a consequence of this RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow project, she was commissioned by the Macy Foundation and the National Academy of Medicine to write a white paper on the role of nurses in primary care. Nationally and internationally she is a board member for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiner’s Lactation Education, Accreditation, and Approval Committee. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves on their primary care expert panel. 

For more information about Endowed Chairs and Professorships at Seattle University College of Nursing, visit www.seattleu.edu/nursing/support/endowed or contact Laurie Ramacci Noegel, Director of Development, at (206) 296-2152 or lrnoegel@seattleu.edu