Ruth Chaplen RN, DNP

I have been a registered nurse for over 40 years and have worked with virtually every age of patient and every disease state. I started my career in pediatrics, then transitioned to home care where I worked with all ages of patients receiving high technology services such as intravenous therapy and ventilators. I finished my MSN in 1995 and began working as a nurse practitioner with patients with breast and gastrointestinal cancers. In 2005 I started teaching full-time at Wayne State University while maintaining a clinical practice one day per week. While there I completed my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) and subsequently left to teach undergraduate students at Rochester College. I continued my clinical practice one day per week, now working with patients with leukemia and lymphomas.. Since coming to Alma College as the Director of the Nursing Program I work one or two weekends per month as an inpatient hospitalist, where I manage patients with cancer who are confined to the hospital. I teach a variety of classes, including pediatrics, various seminars, medical-surgical nursing, and pathophysiology. I am very happy to be at Alma, where everyone is friendly and wants to provide the best education possible for our students.


Associate Professor and Director of Nursing Education



Educational Background

DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) - Wayne State University 2011

MSN  - Wayne State University 1995

Certificate in Nursing Education - Wayne State University 2013

BSN  - Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, MI

I am...

In addition to teaching here at Alma, I work as a Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner at Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit to maintain my NP certification. This work entails managing patients admitted to the hospital for a variety of conditions, most cancer-related, but many with other conditions unrelated to their cancer.


Associative Professor

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Oncology/Hematology care; pediatric nursing; central venous access devices; Intravenous therapy

My expertise:

I am especially interested in complications of central venous access devices in patients receiving chemotherapy and biotherapy.

I am also interested in studying methods to engage students in the classroom, whether physical or virtual.

Signature course(s):

Pediatric Nursing; Pathophysiology; Capstone seminar