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.

Julie Kruse, PhD, RN

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Associate Professor 
2003 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8719

Dr. Kruse participated in four HRSA funded grant projects over the past 12 years related to diversifying the nursing workforce.  She has served as Project Director during her most recent involvement with a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant and also served in roles related to the coordination and evaluation of research for other HRSA NWD funded projects. She has over 13 years of experience as a nurse educator and has dedicated her career to working with underserved populations.


Dr. Kruse has disseminated research and scholarly activities at 42 local, state, national, or international organizational conferences or events (19 by invitation) and has five published manuscripts (within the last 5 years).

Dr. Kruse has recently submitted a HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant with a project team at the Oakland University School of Nursing with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of primary care NPs who care for rural and underserved populations.



  • PhD in Nursing – University of Michigan
  • MSN in Community Care Nursing – University of Michigan
  • Certificate in Nursing Education – University of Michigan
  • Certificate in International Health and Social Development – University of Michigan
  • BSN – Lourdes College
  • Nursing Diploma – Vincent School of Nursing


Research Area Interests

  • Population Health Nursing
  • Underserved Populations
  • International Health and Social Development
  • Nursing Workforce Diversity
  • Nursing Student Retention
  • Sense of Belonging & Social Support: The Impact on Mental Health
  • Cultural Development
  • Assessment and Evaluation Processes
  • Mentorship & Preceptorship in Nursing Education



  • Grants
    • Primary Investigator: Oakland Community Foundation Grant- Oakland University: Tackling the Mental Health Crisis through Mental Health First Aid: (Under review, 1/22/19) for $9,182.
    • Primary Investigator:HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program. (Under review, 1/8/19) for $2,770,015. Grant #12769512.
    • Primary Investigator:Women and Philanthropy Grant- Oakland University: (Finalist; Funding Denied December 2018) for $4,986.30
    • Primary Investigator: HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Proposal: (Funded July 2017) for $1,876,443. Grant # 12286756.
    • Primary Investigator: Lourdes University Faculty Scholarship Fellowship: (Funded January 2016) for $3,000.
    • Primary Investigator: HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Proposal: (Funded July 2015) for $648,294. Grant #D19HP28486.
    • Primary Investigator: Sigma Theta Tau Grant Zeta Theta Chapter Alice-Manion Research Grant Award: (Funded May 2015) for $1,000.
    • Primary Investigator: Lourdes University Faculty Scholarship Fellowship: (Funded May 2014) for $3,000.
    • Primary Investigator: HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Proposal: (Funding denied- July 2014) for $999,644.00.
    • Primary Investigator: HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Proposal: (Funding Denied- July 2013) for $1,048,586.00.
    • Co-Author: HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Proposal: (Funded- July 2010-June 2013) for $1,519,148.
    • Primary Investigator: National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Research Service Award (NRSA): (Funding denied- August 2010) for $95,553.
    • Co-Author: Service-Linked Education Partnership: Expanding MSN Enrollment and Enhancing Evidence Based Practice: (Funded 2009-2011) for $193,265, Ohio Board of Nurse Education Grant Program.
    • Contributing Author: Advanced Education in Nursing Traineeship Grant: (Funded 2010-2013) for $1.3 million, HRSA.
    • Co-Author: Career Ladders for LPN and CNA to BSN: (Funded July 2007- June 2010) for $950,000 over three years. This was a competing continuation proposal submitted to HRSA for a small Northwest Ohio college to continue their current project for an additional three years.
  • Publications
    • Kruse, J. A., & Perzynski, K. (2019). (under review). The Impact of Professional Conference Attendance on Student Nurse Sense of Belonging to the Profession: A Pilot Descriptive Research Study. Nursing Education in Practice.
    • Kruse, J. A., Williams, R. A., & Mood, D. (2017). Exploratory Factor Analysis of the Strength of Cultural Affiliation Scale. Cancer Nursing, 40(1), E28-E35. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000346
    • Kruse, J. A., Hagerty, B. M., Byers, W. S., Gatien, G., & Williams, R.A. (2014). Considering a relational model for depression in Navy recruits. Military Medicine, 179(11), 1293-1300.
    • Kruse, J. A., Williams, R. A., & Seng, J. S. (2014). Considering a Relational Model for Depression in Women with Postpartum Depression. International Journal of Childbirth, 4(3), 151-168.
    • Kruse, J. A., Didion, J., & Perzynski, K. (2014). Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory to develop intercultural competence. SpringerPlus, 3, 334, 1-8.
    • Kruse, J. A., Kane-Low, L., & Seng, J. S. (2013). Validation of alternative indicators of social support in perinatal outcomes research using quality of the partner relationship. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(7), 1562-1573.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Group
  • Governing Councilor: American Public Health Association
  • Lucas County Medical Reserve Corp
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • QSEN Academic Task Force