School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Claudia Grobbel, DNP, RN, CNL

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Associate Professor  
3038 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8722 

Dr. Grobbel worked in clinical practice for over 25 years prior to joining the faculty at Oakland University. Her area of expertise is cardiac care, nursing leadership, health policy and administration, and teaching leadership across all programs. She focuses on quality and safety as it relates to caring practices in providing excellence in patient care. In addition, she is the designer of the Caring Studio, a series of experiential workshops that exposes nursing students to the value of maintaining caring practice skills beyond technical competency in delivering care.



  • DNP – Oakland University
  • MSN in Nursing Administration – Oakland University
  • BSN – Wayne State University


Research Area Interests

  • Caring Science as it Relates to Quality Outcomes
  • Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Research (QSEN) with Leadership Simulation



  • Grants Awarded
    • Grobbel, C., Penprase, B., & Hanna, D. (2015). Using high fidelity simulation to improve competencies in leadership, quality care and caring practices for undergraduate nursing students: A pilot project, Next Step Solutions, in kind gift of electronic health record computer software, value $15,000.
    • Grobbel, C., Penprase, B., & Hanna, D. (2015). Using high fidelity simulation to improve competencies in leadership, quality care and caring practices for undergraduate nursing students: A pilot project, Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, Awarded $1200.
  • Publications
    • Grobbel, C., van Wynsberghe , A., Davis, R., & Poly-Droulard, L (2018). Designing Nursing Care Practices Complemented by Robots: Ethical Implications and Application of Caring Frameworks. Internal Journal of Human Caring.
    • Mallette, C., Packard, M., Grobbel, C., & Rose, D. (2018). Caring Science Curriculum and the Robot Revolution: A Call to Action. International Journal of Human Caring.
    • Grobbel, C., Piscotty, R., Holka, K., Poly-Droulard, L., & Binge, A. (2017). An assessment of personal, professional and leadership values of nursing students: Defining a path towards becoming a caring professional. International Journal of Human Caring.
    • Grobbel, C. (2015). An unspoken prayer. Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Care.
    • Harmon, L. Grobbel, C. & Palleschi, M. (accepted, 2015). Does the use of turn teams reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers? Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Incontinence.
    • Grobbel, C., Penprase, B., & VanWagoner, K. (2015). Bridging the quality and nursing care gap: Innovative clinical and academic partnerships using the relationship based care framework. Nurse Leader.
    • Grobbel, C. & Rowe, L., (2014). Exploring pre-nursing students perceptions of caring and nursing: A phenomenological study. International Journal of Human Caring.
    • Grobbel, C. (2015). Health Policy. In Smith, M. J., Carpenter, R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2015, in press). Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Caldwell, L., & Grobbel, C.  (2013). The importance of reflective practice in nursing. The International Journal of Caring Science, 6(3), 319-26.
  • Piscotty, R., Grobbel, C., & Abele, C. (2013). Psychometric evaluation of the nursing quality and safety self-inventory: A self-report measure of quality and safety knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(5), 269-74. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20130412-03 
  • Piscotty, R., Grobbel, C., & Tzeng, H. (2011). Effectiveness of Integrating Quality and Safety Competencies into Undergraduate Nursing Curricula Using Student Led Simulation. Journal of Nursing Education. 29(1), 429-36. doi:/10.3928/01484834-20110429-04
  • Grobbel, C. (2011).  Problem solving for better health in nursing: Application in an accelerated bachelor or science in nursing program. Journal of Professional Nursing.  29(1), e6-e9. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.05.002 
  • Presentations
    • Grobbel, C. & Poly-Droulard, L. (2018, October). The Caring Studio Experience: Using Caring Practice to Influence quality and safety perceptions of undergraduate nursing students: A Research Study. Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Research Day Conference, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Sterling Heights, MI.
    • Poly-Droulard, L. & Grobbel, C. (2018, June). Assessing student knowledge using real time technology: There’s an app for that. Oakland e-Cornipia Conference, Oakland University. Rochester MI.
    • Grobbel, C. & Penprase, B.  (2017, April).  The Caring Studio Experience: Integrating QSEN with caring practice competencies, a research stud  Nursing Education Research Conference. April 2018, Washington, DC.
    • Grobbel, C., Poly-Droulard, L., & Penprase, B. (2017, May). Linking leadership skills to quality patient care: Innovative teaching and learning modalities. OU Windsor:  Towards a culture that values teaching.  May 3-4, 2017.  
    • Grobbel, C. & Penprase, B. (2016, June). Caring Studios: Teaching undergraduate nursing students the art of caring through quality clinical practices.  International Association of Human Caring, 37th Annual conference, June 2016 Boston, MA.
    • Grobbel, C. & Penprase, B. (2016, May). Improving perceptions of quality and safe nursing practices to undergraduate nursing students using the art of caring through the caring studio. QSEN forum; The New Frontier,  May 2016, San Antonio, TX.
    • Grobbel, C. Penprase, B. & Poly-Droulard, L. (2015, October). The changing landscape of teaching: Imbedding simulation into didactic content in a nursing leadership course. Oral presentation at the Lily Conference on Education and Teaching, Traverse City, MI.
    • Grobbel, C. & Penprase, B. (2015, September). Teaching students the art & science of caring to improve quality of care using the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) framework with the Caring Studio Experience. Poster presentation at the NLN Educational Summit, Las Vegas, NV.


Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, Theta Psi Chapter
  • Anne Boykin Institute for Caring Science
  • International Association of Human Caring