Gail DeBoer retired from SMU in August, 2013. She had been teaching full time at SMU since 1984. Since August,she has been teaching theory and clinical in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing on a contract basis for SMU.
Ms DeBoer graduated from the University of Minnesota with a MS in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and completed one year of doctoral work at UCSF. Practicing as a CNS in the Midwest and Menlo Park VA, her area of interest was working with adult clients with acute and chronic mental illness. Presently her focus has shifted to health narratives and how we engage people with a long term illness in their care. “As nurses we learn how to assess and treat the disease, but we often fail to recognize the long term impact of the illness. By our words we shape the clients view of themselves as the illness rather than a person with an illness. ” Ms DeBoer teaches in both the ELMSN and ABSN programs.
Use of Mental Health First Aid in preparing students for acute care in curriculum's where Mental Health Nursing is taught at the end of the curriculum.
N129 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (ABSN)
N534 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (ELMSN)
DeBoer and McCrea. (June 2001). A case study in leadership. Fuld Leadership Initiative for Nursing Education Center For Health Professions, University of California-San Francisco.
DeBoer, G.A. and Wilson, H.S. (1986). Applying the nursing process for clients with organic mental syndromes and disorders. In H.S. Wilson and C.R. Kneisl (Eds.). Psychiatric Nursing. (3rd ed.). Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Kuhlman, G.; DeBoer, G. and Wilson, H.S. (1992). Applying the nursing process for client's with organic mental syndromes and disorders. In H.S. Wilson and C.R. Kneisl (Eds). Psychiatric Nursing. (4th ed.) Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
2012 Curriculum or Instructional Innovation Award $2500.
American Nurses Association, member.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association, member. International Society of Psychiatric Nurses, member.
National Association for the Mentally Ill
Greater Bay Area Mental Health & Education Workforce Collaborative
Sigma Theta Tau