The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions has named Catherine Witt, Ph.D., as the next Dean for Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON), effective in January. Witt is an associate professor and coordinator of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program for the LHSON. She has been with Regis for 15 years, serving as an affiliate faculty for LHSON for 7 years, and hired as a full-time ranked faculty in 2010.
Witt holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in English from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Science in Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and her Ph.D. in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Witt has a strong clinical background, practicing as a neonatal nurse practitioner since 1985, and continuing her practice per diem at Children’s Hospital. She has served as an NNP manager in the hospital setting, and as editor-in-chief for the peer-reviewed journal, “Advances in Neonatal Care: The Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses.” Witt was the president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, and she remains active in the American Nurses and Colorado Nurses Associations. Her extensive research and scholarship emerges from her many years of experience in clinical practice and teaching.
Witt participated in Colorado’s Center for Nursing Excellence leadership development program, as well as the RHCHP Leadership Institute. She brings experience in the development and expansion of Regis University’s innovative Neonatal Nurse Practitioner degree program. She has served as chair of the LHSON Post Licensure Curriculum Committee, and has been a valued member of multiple academic committees, both at the University and the College-level.
Witt has a passion for LHSON. In her mission statement she stated, “Nursing is a calling. To care for a human being at their most vulnerable time; to be present and included with a person during illness or at the birth or death of a loved one is a great honor. It is also a great responsibility requiring a strong knowledge base and strength of character … There is a discernable difference in the Regis nurse. A sense of empathy, combined with curiosity, intellectual rigor, and the value for human life creates leaders who are able to serve their patients, co-workers, and others with grace.”