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Center for Professional Practice of Nursing

Center for Professional Practice of Nursing

Peter M. Rutan, R.N., B.S.N., CCRN

e-mail: peter.rutan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Peter received his BSN from Alfred University in Alfred, NY and an AAS from Corning Community College in Corning, NY.

Peter began his career in 1979 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY working in the Surgical-Open Heart ICU and the Coronary Care Unit. In 1983, he accepted a position as a travel nurse in Crescent City, CA where he worked in the Adult ICU-Telemetry Unit in Crescent City, CA.

Peter came to UC Davis Medical Center in 1984 working as a per-diem nurse in the adult and pediatric critical care units, the Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric ICU Transport Team. In 1994 he went to work as a clinical resource nurse and research coordinator in the Pediatric ICU. In 1998, he became coordinator of the Nursing Skills Lab Program. In 2003, he became the PCS liaison in the Center for Virtual Care. He has been instrumental with the introduction of human patient simulation to the medical center staff and its development as a unique educational tool. Peter joined the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing in 2003 and divides his time between both areas.

Peter’s interest in education began in the 1970’s. His initial educational experience was teaching first aid and CPR for the American Red Cross and EMT training. Over the years, his main focus has been critical care with a special emphasis on pediatrics. He has presented on the local, national and international levels, including workshops and posters workshops and posters accepted at international simulation conferences in Denmark and Portugal. He has authored and co-authored a number of articles and a book chapter. He has extensive research experience including cardiac assist devices, liquid ventilation and human patient simulation.

In 2004, Peter was awarded a simulation fellowship and scholarship from the Harvard-MIT Institute for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, MA. His other honors include the UC Davis Health System Dean & Director’s Award (2003) , the UC Davis Medical Center Nursing Excellence Award (1999) and the UC Davis Medical Center Nursing Incentive Award (2000, 2002 & 2008).

In his current role, Peter works on the development and implementation of adult, pediatric and infant simulation teaching scenarios. Peter teaches nursing orientation, is an instructor for ACLS, PALS, CPR, First Five Minutes and a coordinator for other clinical education classes.