Deborah Greubel (BSN ’91), who joined The University of Tulsa as associate director of the School of Nursing, will succeed Helen Hansen as director in July 2015. Greubel brings a strong background in nursing practice and healthcare administration to her role at TU. Her career spans direct patient care as a nurse and a nurse practitioner, teaching at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, serving as operations officer for Navy Medicine Support Command Reserve Component and overseeing quality management at Hillcrest HealthCare Systems.
The School of Nursing has prepared students to excel in health care since the program’s inception in 1970. By combining a strong educational core that develops critical thinking skills with clinical training incorporating the latest technology and protocols, the nursing curriculum extends far beyond the textbook.
Students graduate equipped to practice in settings ranging from an urban hospital system to a community elementary school. Hansen (BSN ’88), director of the school, practiced as a nurse for 20 years, and then pursued a master’s degree and started teaching at TU. After earning a doctorate, she transitioned to full-time faculty member.
Hansen notes that TU’s nursing program has advanced along with the profession, especially in areas like technology and research. “There is significant research that’s been done in the last 20 years, particularly related to evidence-based practice,” she says. “Each year, we look at the curriculum and make changes to ensure we are covering concepts that are relevant in the field.” In July, she will return to teaching full-time in the program.