HomeFellows & AlumniFellow BiographiesBeth Bolick, DNP, RN, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC

  • 2012 Fellow
    Beth Bolick


Rush University Medical Center College of Nursing

Chicago, IL

Beth is Professor and Director of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (AC PNP) Program at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Bolick came to Rush in 1995 to design and implement the AC PNP program and practiced as a nurse practitioner in the Rush University Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit for more than 10 years.  Prior to coming to Rush, Beth was the clinical educator and interim nurse manager of the Emergency Department at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago (now the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago). Dr. Bolick's rich experience in pediatrics started in 1978 at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital (now the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin) in the intensive care unit and later in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, California.  Dr. Bolick has used these experiences to improve the care of ill and injured children through a variety of projects.  She collaborated with the Emergency Nurses Association to provide the Emergency Nurses Pediatric Course (ENPC) and was the first chairperson for the organization's pediatric committee.  Beth has been a member of the project team for the state of Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) since 1994.  Once the forty-second state to apply for federal funding, the Illinois EMSC is now the model for facility recognition for pediatric centers across the country.  Dr. Bolick has worked with the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board to design and implement the national certification examintiaon for AC PNPs and remains active in practice analysis and examination item-writing.  Beth participated this past year with a worgroup for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners to explore the optimal board size and structure for the organization and is in her second year on the Professional Issues Committee.  In 2012, in collaboration with a colleague, Dr. Karin Reuter-Rice of Duke University, she published the text, Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice.  The text is a reference for practice and a resource for training health care professionals who work with ill and injured children.  Over 200 contributors fom across the United States and Canada representing more than 20 disciplines came together for the work.  Dr. Bolick continues to provide leadership to the field of pediatric acute care through journal publications and recently led a writing team of AC PNP academic program directors, and employers in the preparation of two articles - The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner: Curriculum Overview and Matching Nurse Practitioner Education and Certification to Pediatric Acute Care Population Need: Recommendations for Employers. Dr. Bolick earned her BSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her MS, postgraduate certificate, and DNP from Rush University.  Her DNP project was the Expansion of Palliative Care Services at Rush University Medical Center for which she led an interprofessional team to provide services across the lifespan. For her RWJF ENF Action Learning Project, Beth and her projec team, developed a Civility Tool-kit: Resources to Empower Healthcare Leaders to Identify, Intervene, and Prevent Workplace Bullying.  For her individual project, Dr. Bolick is expanding the tool used for preparing providers to address incivility or bullying through a 5 step respectful conversation.  The tool will include video resources and a facilitator guide.