Bio

Rebecca Knowles has worn many hats in more than a quarter-century as a health care professional, but in every role she has assumed, she has remained focused on growing and evolving as an educator and leader. A graduate of the Master’s in Nursing Education program at the UR School of Nursing, Knowles has served as the nurse residency coordinator at Highland Hospital since 2017. In that role, she develops and implements educational and experiential programs to help build critical-thinking skills and self-confidence in newly graduated nurses. The program uses evidence-based nursing programs designed to bridge the gap between novice nurses and experienced, autonomous professional nurses, aiding the recent graduate in adapting to fast-paced environments and respond effectively to the challenges faced in nursing practice. In September 2019, Highland Hospital Nurses Residency Program was recognized as the 1st hospital in the region to be awarded the Practice Transitions Accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Prior to joining the UR Nursing faculty, Knowles served as a stroke coordinator and unit educator/leader at Highland Hospital and served as an adjunct clinical nursing instructor at Genesee Community College.

She began her career at Unity Health System, serving 22 years in a number of roles. She was a lead emergency technician from 1994-1999 before moving to cardiology. After earning her RN license in 2009, she served as a nurse on the cardiac/stroke unit, then in the ICU. She was named a hospital nursing supervisor in 2013.

A NY ambassador for the Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS) Foundation, she is a patient advocate and co-owner  with her husband of the Western New York SADS Family Support and AED Loaner Program, which provides AEDs to families with cardiac issues warranting a need for CPR/AED training and support. She has been honored with the National SADS Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award and received the Robert L. Walker Award which recognizes individuals who are dedicated to making schools safer for those with heart conditions. She has also been named March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Education and a finalist for Highland Hospital Excellence in Nursing awards. 

Knowles received her associate degree from Monroe Community College, her bachelor’s from Empire State College, Advance Certificate in Online Teaching from UR Warner School of Education, and a master’s degree from the UR School of Nursing.


Current Focus

"Professional growth and development is a continuous journey for which I will be continuing with my studies at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education doctoral candidate program. "


Professional Experience
Nurse Leader/Educator, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 2015 - 2017

Nursing Supervisor/Unity Campus and St. Mary's, Unity Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 2012 - 2017

Staff Nurse- ICU, Med-Surg Cardiac step down, ED,, Unity Hospital, Rochester, NY, US. 1994 - 2015

Clinical Instructor of Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing (Faculty in RN- BS Online Program), Rochester, NY, US. 2020 - Current

Nurse Residency Coordinator, Highland Hospital of Rochester (New Nurse Transition to Practice), Rochester, NY, US. 2017 - Current

Awards
Nurse of the Year: Education
March of Dimes, 2018

Robert L. Walker Award
SADS Foundation, 2018

Nurse of Excellence in Nursing Education-Finalist
Highland Hospital, 2018

Nurse of the Year Finalist- Leadership
March of Dimes, 2016

Volunteer or the Year Award
National SADS Foundation, 2016

Nurse of the Year- Mentorship -Finalist
March of Dimes, 2015

Presentations
Rethinking the Orientaiton Process
Hospital Presentation, 2020
Rochester, New York

Interprofessional Communication
Lecture, Highland Hospital, 2020
ROCHESTER, New York

Talking as One: Communication strategies for interprofessional team: Provider Education Seminar
Hospital Training, Highland Hospital, 2020
ROCHESTER, New York

COVID Nurse Response Team
Hospital Training, Highland Hospital, 2020
ROCHESTER, New York

Caregiver Wellness
Series, Highland Hospital, 2019
ROCHESTER, New York

Ethical and Moral Dilemmas
Hospital Training, Highland Hospital, 2019
ROCHESTER, New York

Conflict Management and Communication
Series, Highland Hospital, 2019
ROCHESTER, New York

Nursing Profession for East High Students
Community Professional Summit, East High school and University of Rochester, 2019
ROCHESTER, New York

Work Life Balance: Meeting your needs first
Series, Highland Hospital, 2018
ROCHESTER, New York

Bridging the Gap: Nurse Role in Simulation Debriefing
Simulation Education of Western NY Conference, SEWNY, 2018
ROCHESTER, New York

PULSE for Emergencies
Hospital Training, Highland Hospital, 2018
ROCHESTER, New York

PUMPing up Your Knowledge: Insulin Pump Management
Hospital Training, Highland Hospital, 2018
ROCHESTER, New York

Understanding Lab Values
Hospital Presentation, Highland Hospital, 2017
ROCHESTER, New York

Living and Thriving: Supporting Families and Children with Channelopathies
National SADS Healthcare Professional Conference, International SADS Foundation, 2016
San Diego, California

CPR in Schools
Community Training/Education, Highland Hospital, 2015
ROCHESTER, New York

CPR in Schools
Community Training/Education, Highland Hospital, 2014
ROCHESTER, New York

Supporting the Community: How to Create a Support Network Co‚ÄźPresenters:
National SADS Healthcare Professional Conference, International SADS Foundation, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio

Living and Thriving after Sudden Cardiac Arrest
National SADS Healthcare Professional Conference, SADS Foundation, 2009
New York, New York