Associate Professor Deb Grandstaff joined the faculty of Saint Luke’s College in spring 2012. She earned her MSN from Webster University, Kansas City; a BSN from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; and a diploma in nursing from Graham Hospital School of Nursing, Canton, Illinois. She has worked in a variety of settings including coordinator of emergency services and a women’s health surgical unit, emergency department, telemetry, RN consultant for an insurance company, and case management.
She has served as a faculty advisor to our student nurses association (SLSNA) since 2012. She started the College’s United States mission trip to the Appalachian area and attended the region twice with students. She also accompanied a group of students on a medical mission trip to Haiti.
Grandstaff is a member of Partners in Population Health – Kansas City, a group of educators that teach community/population health in the greater Kansas City area. She is a co-investigator for the current college-based research project, “A Descriptive Study of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress among Undergraduate Nursing Students.”
Her educational philosophy is to create a positive learning environment in which there are clearly defined expectations, guidance, acceptance, encouragement, honest communication and mutual respect. Her goal in teaching is to guide students on a journey of personal and professional growth that inspires them to be better nurses and individuals.
Grandstaff is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. She was the recipient of the Isabel Curdy Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and again in 2018. This honor is given to one faculty member by the graduating senior students and faculty at May commencement each year. She has received the Faculty Saint Award on three separate occasions. She is a member of the International Nursing Honor Society (Sigma Theta Tau International), Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Honor Society (Chapter Psi Chi) and National League for Nursing.