Featured Faculty: Dr. Marilyn Wideman


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DNP, Rush University
MSN and BSN, St. Louis University
RN Diploma, St. Luke’s School of Nursing

Dr. Marilyn Wideman is the dean and vice president of the Kaplan University School of Nursing. She began her tenure at Kaplan as the associate dean of online programs. Dr. Wideman started her career with a RN diploma from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, earned her BSN and MSN as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist from St. Louis University, and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a systems leadership focus at Rush University College of Nursing. Dr. Wideman’s extensive years of experience include progressive leadership and program development roles in varied health care and academic settings.

Before joining Kaplan, Dr. Wideman held roles of associate dean of faculty practice, associate provost of community engagement and interprofessional education, and associate president of community engagement and community practices at Rush University Medical Center. She has also served as chair of undergraduate education at Capella University.   

Dr. Wideman is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, serves on national boards and committees, is an accreditation reviewer for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has served in leadership roles in national nursing organizations. 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. This work has been replicated by others, has won an International Care Challenge Award, and was selected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for practice innovation recognition.