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Julie Kruse, PhD, RN

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Human Health Building, Room 2003
Phone: (248) 364-8719
[email protected]

Dr. Julie Kruse is a Professor and Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) grant project director at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Her nursing background spans over 25 years with 16 years of public health experience. Dr. Kruse’s research dealing with vulnerable populations has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Military Medicine, and the International Journal of Childbirth.

Dr. Kruse has participated in five diversity-related HRSA funded grant projects over the past 16 years and served as Project Director during her last several involvements with HRSA NWD grants. The purpose of the current Oakland University Nursing Workforce Diversity project, Achieving Success through Professionalism, Integrity, Resilience, and Engagement (ASPIRE), is to increase nursing progression and graduation rates and retention in practice for students who are from diverse and/or disadvantaged backgrounds--specifically those from racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among RNs.

Dr. Kruse was elected to serve as Chairperson for the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section. APHA is the preeminent national professional organization for public health with a 150-year history of service with the Public Health Nursing Section as one of the oldest (100-year history) and strongest sections in the organization with nearly 1500 members.

Dr. Kruse was also nominated and serves as a member of AACN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group (DEIG). As a member of DEIG, she has been able to influence nursing curriculum and learning for nursing students nationally and worked to develop curriculum standards related to cultural competency.

She has disseminated research and scholarly activities at over 40 local, state, national, or international organizational conferences or events (19 by invitation). Dr. Kruse has received $8,7019,777 worth of internal/external grant funding in her career with almost all of this funding for initiatives and research related to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This funding has resulted in 20 projects where she was the primary investigator and 5 projects where she was a co-investigator. She has had 8 publications in the last 18 months with 7 focused on justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


  • 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

  • Assessment and Evaluation Processes
  • Belonging
  • Cultural Humility
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Implicit Bias & Bias
  • Just Culture
  • Mentorship & Preceptorship in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Workforce Diversity
  • Nursing Student Retention
  • Population Health Nursing
  • Professional Identity Formation in Nursing Students
  • Sense of Belonging & Social Support: The Impact on Mental Health
  • Underserved Populations


GRANTS: J. Kruse, Principal Investigator

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Funded, July 2021) for $2,195,252. Grant #D1942040.

Pfizer Independent Medical Education Grant: COVID-19 Vaccine Patient Education: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy. (Funding Denied, March 2021) for $75,000.

Oakland Community Foundation Grant- Oakland University: Tackling the Mental Health Crisis through Mental Health First Aid. (Funding Denied, 1/22/19) for $9,182.

Oakland Community Foundation Grant- Oakland University: The Strength of Cultural Affiliation Scale. (Funding Denied, 1/22/19) for $3,000.

HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program: (Approved but not funded July 2019) for $2,770,015. Grant #12769512.

Women and Philanthropy Grant- Oakland University: (Finalist; Funding Denied December 2018) for $4,986.30.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Funded July 2017) for $1,876,443. Grant # 12286756.

Lourdes University Faculty Scholarship Fellowship: (Funded January 2016) for $3,000.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Funded July 2015) for $648,294. Grant #D19HP28486.

Sigma Theta Tau Grant Zeta Theta Chapter Alice-Manion Research Grant Award: (Funded May 2015) for $1,000.

Lourdes University Faculty Scholarship Fellowship: (Funded May 2014) for $3,000.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Approved but not funded- July 2014) for $999,644.00.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Approved but not funded- July 2013) for $1,048,586.00.

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant Program: (Funded- July 2010-June 2013) for $1,519,148.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Research Service Award (NRSA): (Funding denied- August 2010) for $95,553.

GRANTS: J. Kruse, Co-Investigator

Oberhauser SON Faculty Grant Award- An Educational Simulation to Meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Competency Needs Related to Just Culture in Nursing Education: (Funded January 2023) for $7,200, Oakland University.

Oberhauser SON Faculty Grant Award- Competency-Based Education for Improved Student Learning Outcomes: (Funded January 2023) for $9,900, Oakland University.

Oberhauser SON Faculty Grant Award- Assisting Pre-licensure Nursing Faculty in Meeting Competency-Based Education Requirements for the AACN New Essentials: (Funded January 2023) for $9,600, Oakland University.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion School of Nursing Research Grant: Innovative use of a simulated-based gaming experience to help students explore implicit bias in healthcare decisions as a safety concern: (Funded August 2022) for $14,775, Texas Tech.

Oberhauser SON Faculty Grant Award: (Funded January 2022) for $6,600, Oakland University.

Human Breath as a Health and Wellness Indicator Grant Award: (Funded September 2019) for $10,000, Continental Corporation.

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.

Advanced Education in Nursing Traineeship Grant: (Funded 2010-2013) for $1,300,000, HRSA.

Career Ladders for LPN and CNA to BSN: (Funded July 2007- June 2010) for $950,000 over three years, HRSA.


Kruse, J. A., Podojil, P., & Smith, B. (in press). Living with the Aftermath: Second Victims among Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, AANA journal.

Kruse, J. A., & Hays, D. (in press). Public service announcements: An innovative strategy for introducing competencies in population health. Journal of Nursing Education.

Kruse, J., Barkell, N. P., Snyder, S., Hays, D. (2023). The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Just Culture in Nursing [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Kruse, J. A., & Wald, H. S. (2023). Legacy of the Role of Medicine and Nursing in the Holocaust: An Educational Intervention to Support Nursing Student Professional Identity Formation and Ethical Conduct. Nursing education perspectives, 44(3), 169-171. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000996

Hays, D., Kridli, S., & Kruse, J. A. (2022). Implementation of a Standardized National HIV Curriculum in a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Nurse Educator, 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001252. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000001252

Kruse, J. A., Collins, J. L., & Vugrin, M. (2022). Educational strategies used to improve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health care students and providers regarding implicit bias: An integrative review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies Advances, 4, 100073. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnsa.2022.100073

Kruse, J. A., & El-Khoury, H. (2022). A poverty simulation to enhance nursing student knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward people living in poverty. Nursing forum, 10.1111/nuf.12739. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12739

Hays, D., & Kruse, J. A. (2022). Nursing Student and Faculty Perceptions of Just Culture. The Journal of nursing education, 61(5), 257–260. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20220303-10

Kruse, J. A., Didion, J., & Perzynski, K. (2020). Strengthening Student Nurses’ Sense of Belonging Through Attendance at a Professional Nursing Conference. AORN Journal, 112(3), 227–236. https://doi.org/10.1002/aorn.13141

Kruse, J. A., Litten, J., Kujawa, J., Chatman, N., & Didion, J. (2020). Project REACH: A multi-level, interdisciplinary approach to enhance student retention and success. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(5), 364–371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.02.005

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.


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. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00116

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. doi: 10.1891/2156-5287.4.3.151

Kruse, J. A., Didion, J., & Perzynski, K. (2014). Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory to develop intercultural competence. SpringerPlus, 3, 334, 1-8. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-334

Kruse, J. A., Seng, J. S., & Kane-Low, L. (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. doi: 10.1111/jan.12015

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association- Public Health Nursing Section- Chairperson
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Group
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • QSEN Academic Task Force


School of Nursing

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