Research Medical Center
July 12, 2017

Thad R. Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, has been appointed as President of Research College of Nursing. Dr. Wilson will also act as an academic liaison with the Division Chief Nurse Executive for HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider. Research College of Nursing is an affiliate of Research Medical Center and HCA Midwest Health,

“Dr. Wilson has a long and distinguished career of nursing leadership and history of service to the nursing profession that spans more than 40 years, with work in the clinical, academic and nonprofit healthcare arenas,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center. “He is a champion of excellence in education, research, service and clinical care and the advancement of the nursing profession and is especially qualified to help Research College of Nursing educate the next generation of health professionals.”

Wilson comes to Research College of Nursing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he served as Interim Dean and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Nursing. During his tenure at Iowa, Wilson expanded the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, implemented a strategic marketing plan and increased enrollment. He began his career in 1976 as a Clinic Director in Honduras and has served as Clinical Director for the Pediatric Care Center of The Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics and founding Director of the Kansas City-School Health Organization in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. He has served in educator positions at Graceland College (now University) in Lamoni, Iowa, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was also Associate Dean of the School Nursing and Health Studies.

Wilson has served in numerous leadership and advisory positions for myriad organizations, including American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Missouri Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, American Assembly for Men in Nursing, among others. A sought-after nursing education presenter internationally, nationally, regionally and locally, Wilson has authored numerous grants, participated in various research projects centering around adolescent immunization and school-based immunization and his work has appeared in many academic journals. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas. His passions include quality improvement, leadership and advances in nursing education.

“I am deeply honored to accept this appointment and step into the role that Research College of Nursing’s Nancy DeBasio has so extraordinarily led for many years,” Wilson says. “In particular, I was drawn to Research College of Nursing because of its mission, vision, and values that bring alive research, teaching, and community engagement. I look forward to working closely with the dynamic staff, faculty, students and community partners, and HCA Midwest Health to learn what matters most to them and how, together, we will take the school to the next level of success.

Research College of Nursing has been offering professional nursing education in Kansas City since 1905 and currently, in partnership with Rockhurst University, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Research College of Nursing also offers a Master of Science in Nursing and three graduate tracks, including an RN to MSN track and three post-master’s certificate programs.

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