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Gloria A. Jacobson

Dean - College of Nursing and Health Sciences


College of Nursing & Health Sciences


(414) 410-4397


RB Roger Bacon 111


Box 442


My nursing career began in an acute care Psychiatric Nursing  setting at the  Rush University Medical Center.  Because of my desire to care for persons lacking the support of acute care resources. I subsequently joined the Chicago Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)  The VNA immersed me into the world of community and population health, where I quickly came to appreciate the phrase bio-psycho-social health and where I also witnessed daily the strength of the human spirit.   I completed my master's degree at the Rush University College of Nursing and where the Dean was also the Vice President for Nursing affairs at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center.  Dr. Luther Christman, PhD, RN, FAAN implemented the Rush Model of Nursing.  This Practitioner-Teacher  Model included practice and teaching for all master's prepared nurses with additional expectations of, research, service  and consultation.  I include this detail, because Dr. Christman shaped the nurse and person I am today.  His authentic, respectful nature made it easy to accept being nudge/pushed, while making excellence the norm as we practiced in an environment of commitment and pride.  "You can't use knowledge you don't have" was a phrase he frequently used and his persistent encouragement resulted in my pursuit of doctoral study at the University of Wisconsin-MIlwaukee.  Through much of my career, have been able to maintain  clinical practice engaging with families focusing on behavioral health, parenting and communication issues.   My career  experiences have included nursing practice, education, research and administration., most recently focusing my energy and commitment to leadership in nursing education.


  • B.S., Northern Illinois University
  • M.S., Rush University
  • Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


1.  Care of those with acute mental illness
2.  Care of children and families who experience behavioral health  stressors due to physical or other health and psycho/social  issues
3.  Effects of stress on school-age children
4.  Bullying across the lifespan
5.  Face to face and online nursing education across levels:  Undergraduate and Graduate Mental Health Theory and Clinical; Research and Evidence-Based Practice; Health Program Planning; Leadership
6. Establishing environments that support both excellence among faculty as educators  and students in undergraduate and graduate nursing education
7.  Effective Simulation Experiences across levels

1. Undergraduate research and evidence-based practice across underground and graduate levels
2. Mixed methods
3.  Qualitative methods
4.  Multi-site studies
Nursing Leadership

Publications & Presentations

Rude, Mean and Everything in Between:  Bullying in the Older Adult Community.  (2018).  The Edgewater Village.   The Chicago Public Library Edgewater Branch.   October, November 2018.  Chicago, IL.

The Science of Happiness.  (2013).  ATI National Educator Summit.  April 2013, Las Vegas, NV.

Leading Transformational Change. (2012).   ATI National Educator Summit.  April 2012,Scottsdale, AZ.

What are they Telling Us? Fifth Grade Students Feeling Unsafe . (2008).  Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. San Diego, CA.

Why Stritch?

"I have always paid careful attention to the mission and values of any work setting I have chosen. Being entrusted to educating students who will become nurses, who then are entrusted with the care of persons and often their lives, is a privilege and sacred work. A faith-based institution that transforms words into actions is the perfect setting for this to occur. The Franciscan values--creating a caring community, peacemaking, showing compassion and reverencing creation--are palpable at Cardinal Stritch University. I am fortunate to witness this daily."

- Gloria A. Jacobson