Director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing and Clinical Professor

Shana Ruggenberg is the director for the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As director, she provides leadership and oversight for program administration, leads curriculum development in collaboration with faculty and the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group, and supports faculty efforts to provide outstanding interprofessional academic learning experiences for students. She also teaches courses in the nursing program. Her background is in maternal-child nursing, administration, leadership and education.

Ruggenberg’s academic interests include curricular design and implementation, integration of technology to enhance learning and factors contributing to student success.

Before joining the School of Nursing, Ruggenberg was a faculty member at Pacific Union College (PUC), teaching courses introducing students to the role of the nurse, care of families in the reproductive years, principles of health care management, health education and promotion, and issues related to global health. Beginning in 2008, Ruggenberg served as PUC’s Nursing and Health Sciences Department Chair and Nursing Program Director, overseeing prelicensure and postlicensure Nursing programs as well as Health Sciences and Emergency Services programs. Prior to her years in academia, Ruggenberg’s clinical focus was on the care of women and children, primarily in caring for women during the labor and delivery phase of pregnancy. She worked in various patient care roles, served as a clinical nurse specialist and provided leadership as a patient care services manager.

Ruggenberg earned a Doctor of Education in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. She also earned a Master of Nursing with a clinical specialization in Maternal-Child Nursing from UCLA. Her undergraduate nursing degrees were from Pacific Union College. Ruggenberg has presented on topics related to simulation and indicators of student success in nursing.

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