Chatham University

Nursing Faculty and Staff

Chad Rittle DNP, MPH, RN
crittle@chatham.edu
Chatham Faculty

Assistant Professor

Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA

Joined Chatham : 2011

Academic Areas of Interest
Public Health, Long-term Care, Immunizations, Vaccines, Evidence-based Practice, Nursing Administration and Management, Politics and Health Policy, Patient Safety, Community Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Personal Areas of Interest
Skiing, Golf, Gardening, Reading, my Grandson, Home Improvements, The Veterans Breakfast Club, Promoting Occupational Health Practices

Biography
I bring to Chatham a wide variety of experiences. After service as an Officer in the U.S. Navy aboard a Submarine Rescue Ship, I spent over 20 years in the computer industry in a variety of sales, systems design, management and marketing support positions. During this time I began teaching as an adjunct instructor at CCAC in Pittsburgh teaching computer-related courses as well as Project Management. Changing careers, I began my service in Public Health as an Air Quality Specialist for the PA Department of Environmental Protection while attending Nursing School at UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing in the Evening/Weekend Program, then completion of studies for a BSN and MPH at the University of Pittsburgh. This led to positions with the PA Department of Health as Community Health Nurse in Butler and Armstrong Counties and then Northwest District Epidemiology Manager in Mercer, PA. While working at the Department of Health I completed studies for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Waynesburg University while serving as an adjunct instructor at Waynesburg as well as at CCAC. My interests in nursing include public health, long-term care, reduction of infectious diseases, and achieving universal vaccination to control the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. During my years in nursing and public health I have developed a love of life-long learning, good communications and writing skills, and helping students develop these skills to further their careers. My academic journey has introduced me to many outstanding educators who helped me to develop these skills. My goal is to emulate these mentors and pass these skills along to students I encounter in my academic career. Nursing and teaching are two noble professions. I believe we need to encourage our students to achieve their very best and to help meet the needs of our patients and their families, wherever we meet them.
Education
DNP, Waynesburg University, 2009
MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2003
BSN, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, 2000
RN, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing (Pittsburgh, PA), 1998
BA, Biology, St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA), 1970
Publications
Promoting Universal Vaccination Among Your Adult Patients, Workplace Health & Safety, July, 2013
Rittle, C. (2010). Pertussis - The Case for Universal Vaccination of Adolescents and Adults. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. 15(4), 282-91. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00249.x
Rittle, C. (2009, November). Contributing Reporter. Human Vaccinia Infection After Contact with Raccoon Rabies Vaccine Bait --- Pennsylvania, 2009. MMWR. 58(43), 1204-1207.
Rittle, C. (2008). Maintaining Vaccine Effectiveness in Occupational Health Clinics. AAOHN Journal, 25(7), 277-9.
Awards
2013-Liberty Leadership Scholarship, Sponsored by the AAOHN Foundation
2013-New Investigator Research Grant, Sponsored by Kelly Services and the AAOHN Foundation
3rd Prize in Annual Dean's Day Competition (March 2003) at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health - "A Risk Assessment of Nitrate Pollution in the Connoquenessing Creek
Organizations
Board Member and Membership Director for the PA, AAOHN Leadership Committee
Board Member, Veterans Breakfast Club
AAOHN, Southwest PA Chapter, Director
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Past President of the Alumni Society
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, At Large Member of the Alumni Association Executive Board
UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Alumni Association
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing National Honor Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
Achievements
Reviewer for the AAOHN Continuing Education Contact Hours
Board Member and Membership Director for the PA, AAOHN Leadership Committee
Secretary and Board Member of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
Reviewer for Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 6th Edition, Mason, D., Leavitt, J., Chaffee, M. (2012). ISBN: 978-1-4377-1416-6
Class President, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing
Presentations
Rittle, C. (2013). AAOHN Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing. A collaboration to teach a new Certificate Course for novice Occupational Health Nurses
Rittle, C. (2013). Increasing Employee Vaccination Rates - Can It Reduct Lost Time And Increase Productivity? Presented at AAOHN National Conference, Las Vegas
Rittle, C. (2013). New Guidelines on Vaccine Handling & Storage-Strategies to Improve Vaccine Acceptance Among Employees. Monthly training meeting of UPMC Employee Health Nurses
Rittle, C. (2013). Update on Adult Vaccines - Answering Questions From Providers and Patients. Continuing Education Program for Physicians, sponsored by Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA.
Rittle, C. (2012). Vaccines for Adults: Are They Cost-effective and How Can We Persuade More Adults to Get Them? PA Public Health Association Annual Conference.
Rittle, C. (2012). Vaccines - They're Not Just for Children. AAOHN National Conference, Nashville.
Rittle, C. (2011). Why Parents Under-vaccinate Their Children and How Can Practitioners Reduce Their Incidence of Exemptions? International Conference and Eshibition on Vaccines and Vaccination. Philadelphia.
Rittle, C. (2011). Why Are Increasing Numbers of Parents Reluctant to Vaccinate Their Children? PA Public Health Association Annual Conference. Philadelphia
Rittle, C. (April, 2010). "Maintaining Vaccine Effectiveness" presented to Southwest Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses (SWPAOHN), Theme of program is "Special Concerns for the Nurse in Today's World.
Rittle, C. (April, 2008). Panel Discussion about Vaccine Handling and Storage Practices, at Operation Immunization, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and the Southwest Immunization Conference (SWIC).
Rittle, C. (2007). Nursing Adjunct Faculty Seminar: Are Vaccines Safe? Sponsored by Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny and North Campuses.