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Capital University Names Reneé Dunnington Dean of Nursing
Capital University announced today the appointment of Dr. Reneé Dunnington as dean of Nursing. Dunnington succeeds Dr. Ann Peden, who retired in June following 10 years of strong leadership and program growth, including the launch of the new online Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dunnington’s appointment is effective immediately.“Dr. Dunnington’s rich experience as a practitioner and educator combined with her knowledge of the fast changing health care landscape, position her as the ideal leader for the next phase of Capital’s nursing program,” Dr. Jody Fournier, Capital’s provost and vice president for Learning, said. “We are excited for her strategic approach, collaborative style, and visionary leadership.”Having served as interim dean since June and as a respected professor of nursing for 13 years, Dunnington brings to the role insight, leadership experience and commitment to exceptional holistic nursing education. She has honed her leadership skills throughout her distinguished career as an education, administrator, scholar and clinician.
“I am enthusiastic to be a part of Capital University and the School of Nursing, where we join in the endeavor to improve population health through knowledge and innovation in nursing education and practice,” Dunnington said. “We prepare professional nurses with a holistic philosophy and the skills to enable health-care organizations to achieve improved health outcomes through increased quality, safety, and efficiency. We look forward to collaboration and partnership regionally and globally so that together we may meet the challenges of health care ahead.”As dean, Dunnington will provide visionary and transformational leadership in the areas of accreditation; preparing exceptional holistic nursing graduates for careers of practice, education and leadership; growing stronger and more expansive partnerships with the local, regional and state nursing community to promote nursing educational initiatives; collaborating with community organizations and corporate partners to advance health care, patient care and community health; and engaging with University Advancement to secure financial resources to advance the School of Nursing. With a clinical specialization in the area of women’s and children’s health, Dunnington’s work in perinatal health spans the care continuum. She is also an expert in simulation in nursing education. She was awarded the William Loadman Award from The Ohio State University for her research on simulation. She has published a conceptual model on immersive presence in simulation. Her grant funding has enabled the expansion of simulation labs and the simulation program for Capital’s nursing programs.Dunnington is also passionate about the impact of technology and the human-machine interaction in health care and has published a philosophy on the nature of reality represented in simulation. She has published and presented her work at the international, national, state and local levels. Dunnington holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University, a master’s degree in nursing from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.