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Dr. Victoria Grando came to the College in 2015 as the Dean of Nursing. In her 53-year-career, she has spent 35 years as an educator and 25 years as a nurse researcher. Her extensive clinical experience includes obstetrics, gerontology, mental health, and reflects experience in a variety of direct care, nursing management, program development, long-term care administration, nursing research, consultation, grants writing, and nursing education.

  • Ph.D. – Nursing, The University of Kansas, 1994
  • MS(N) – Community Mental Health Nursing, The University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984
  • BSN – Missouri State University, 1980
  • Diploma – Kings County Hospital Center, 1966
  • Registered Nurse – Missouri Division of Professional Registration, Current

She received the Teresa E. Christy Award in 1994, from The American Association for the History of Nursing. She was recognized for the excellence of historical research and writing done while also pursuing a doctoral degree and specifically for her doctoral dissertation: “Nurses’ Struggle for Economic Equity, 1945 to 1965.” She also received the Excellence in Writing Award (1980) from the American Journal of Nursing & Missouri Nurses’ Association.

She has written numerous funded grants including an education grant: A Regional Family Psych-Mental Health NP Specialty, Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration, Award Type: Nurse Education Training Grant

Research Grants: Nursing Rehab Program for Post-Hospitalized NH Residents- Funded by The National Institute of Nursing -Research Grants:  Nursing Care Processes, Outcomes and Cost in Nursing Homes, Funding Agency: National Institute of Nursing Research,

Why Minimum-care Residents Stay in Long Term Care; Funding Agency: University of Missouri System, Research Board

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