Kumhee Ro, D.N.P., APRN, FAANP

Assistant Professor
Seattle University College of Nursing

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2022-2023
Sponsoring Institution: Seattle University College of Nursing
Discipline / Profession: Administration , Health Policy , Nursing

Biography

Kumhee Ro is an assistant professor at Seattle University College of Nursing where she recently served as the inaugural director of the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion Program. She leads local and national initiatives aimed at expansion, support, and advancement of minority students and faculty and is nationally acclaimed for her work building cultures of trust in nursing academia. As co-founder of the National Jesuit Diverse Nurse Faculty Network, Ro promotes the support of underrepresented faculty in nursing leadership to recruit persons of color into the nursing workforce. Ro, as consultant to the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Committee and Washington Center for Nursing, assists in policy development that addresses critical gaps in diversity across nursing education. Ro has served on numerous leadership roles in state and national organizations focused on disparities in the delivery of health care.

Ro has spent over two decades providing frontline clinical care to disenfranchised communities in public health, emergency care and primary care. She has established partnerships with health care organizations and universities to improve pipeline programs for underrepresented students and analyze current evaluation and program outcome processes. Ro is a principle investigator for multiple grant-funded projects, one of which identified best practice frameworks to promote diversity in nursing academia. Ro was inducted as a fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her advocacy relating to health equity for marginalized populations and as a nationally recognized leader promoting diversity in the health care workforce.

Ro received a BSN, MSN for adult/geriatric nurse practitioner, a post-master’s certificate to become a family nurse practitioner, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Washington. She is board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and a Sigma Theta Tau International Experienced Academic Leadership Academy Scholar.