College of Nursing

Debbie (Debra) VanKuiken, PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Director, College of Nursing

Dr. VanKuiken has been a nurse for over 30 years and has practiced nursing in many settings including critical care, hospice, and school nursing. She is certified in advanced holistic nursing and led the application for renewal of the holistic nurse endorsement for the College of Nursing. Dr. VanKuiken provided consultations to hospital staff on research methodology and dissemination before coming to Xavier in 2010. She also served as Executive Director of a shelter for families who were homeless in the 1990s and continues to be involved in community and diversity initiatives. Dr. VanKuiken's publications include articles on guided imagery, nurse work environment, quality of life, and research methodology. Her areas of interest are in presence and self-compassion, particularly for nurses and nursing students. She is currently a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Holistic Nurses Association.