Eileen Deges Curl, Ph.D.

Eileen Deges Curl, Ph.D.

Director of Nursing Research Center

"In providing nursing care to patients, I can work with a limited number of patients each day. In teaching students how to become nurses, I can have a greater impact on patients who the students will care for in the future."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Adult Health Nursing—University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S. in Community Health Nursing –University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • M.S. in Nursing—Marymount College of Kansas

Career Highlights:

I have received national and local awards for research in nursing and received over 3 million dollars in grant funding. I have also received the Utilization and Dissemination Award from the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling Nursing Theory.

I have presented numerous peer reviewed research presentations, and am certified as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing and am a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education. I am a charter Leadership Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?

MSN and RN to MSN.

Why did you start teaching?

In providing nursing care to patients, I can work with a limited number of patients each day. In teaching students how to become nurses, I can have a greater impact on patients who the students will care for in the future.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Think positive and make your own assessments of situations.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Plan your semester out using an electronic or hard copy calendar. Schedule in time to read and think about assignments.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Modeling and Role-Modeling: A View from the Client's World by Helen L. Erickson.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

For the Nursing Research course, think about questions you have in your daily nursing practice.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Limited time with patients is the major challenge.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

I had the opportunity to chair an Accreditation and Approval of Nursing Education Programs Sub-committee for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). This led to two national research projects and two position statements approved by the NCSBN Delegate Assembly. State Boards of Nursing across the USA implemented the two position statements.

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