Karie Ruekert, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Clinical Associate Professor - MSN Program Director 262.524.7630 kkobiske@carrollu.edu 114 East 102

TEACHES IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM(S)

Nursing Nursing (MSN)

Biography

Dr. Ruekert Kobiske began her nursing career in ICU and later moved into community nursing. After she obtained her MSN and nurse practitioner degrees, Dr. Ruekert Kobiske worked in Urgent Care, Senior Care and Family practice. She started teaching at Carroll in 2004. In 2014, she returned to school to obtain a Ph.D.  Dr. Ruekert Kobiske happily returned to Carroll in 2018.  Dr. Ruekert Kobiske became the Director the MSN Program in 2019 with the advent of the initial MSN track for Nurse Educators.  The MSN program received successful national accreditation from CCNE in fall of 2020.  Since then, the MSN degree has also launched a MSN Direct Entry track. 

Dr. Ruekert Kobiske has been an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater WI as an Ambassador to former Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressman Bryan Steil. She has been on the LindenGrove Foundation Board and their Quality Assurance Board since 2006.  Dr. Ruekert Kobiske is a facilitator for programs of Dementia Friends through WAI, and Dementia Capable Care through CPI.

Education

  • Marquette University, Ph.D.
  • Marquette University, MSN
  • Carroll University, BSN

Areas of Specialization

  • Dementia
  • Community Health
  • Nursing Education

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Journal Articles
Deprey, S. & Ruekert Kobiske. In press. Dementia simulation impact on empathy of nursing and physical therapy students: A quantitative study

Ruekert Kobiske, K., & Deprey, S. (2022). A Dementia Simulation as a Teaching Strategy for Nursing and Physical Therapy Students: A Qualitative Study. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 67, 11-17, DOI: 10.10.16/j.ecvs.2022.03.007.

Ruekert Kobiske, K., Bekhet, A., Garnier, M., & Frenn, M. (2018). Pre-Death Grief, Resourcefulness and Perceived Stress among Partners of Young Onset Dementia, Western Journal of Nursing Research in review.

Ruekert Kobiske, K. & Bekhet, A. (2018). Resilience in Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia: A Concept Analysis, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39:5, 411-419, DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1400625.

Podium Presentations

  • Dementia Caregiver Symposium: Celebrating Courage in Caregiving November 2021. Caregivers – You Matter Too.
  • Dementia Education with Martin Schreiber at Carroll University College of Health Science Lecture Series September 2019
  • Concurrent presentation at International Death, Grief, and Bereavement Conference – June 2018 – PreDeath Grief in Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia
  • Colorado Nurse Educator Conference July 2011 – Right Writing for Nurse Students – 
  • QSEN Conference in Milwaukee May 2011 – Program assessment Using the QSEN Competencies as Feedback Loops 
Poster Presentations
National:
  • MNRS Annual Conference Kansas City March 2019 Pre-Death Grief, Resourcefulness and Perceived Stress among Partners of Young Onset Dementia.
  • MNRS PhD Student Poster: A Literature Review of Pre-death Grief and Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. April 2017
  • Presented a poster Presentation at the annual Midwest Nurse Educators Conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota in May 2010
  • Presented a poster presentation: Community Nursing Clinics on College Campuses at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Convention in June 1997 in New Orleans, LA
Regional:
  • Marquette University Celebration of PhD Student Progress – Nursing Poster: A Literature Review of Pre-death Grief and Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. April 2017.
  • Marquette University Forward Thinking Poster Presentations: A Literature Review of Pre-death Grief and Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia. December 2016.
  • Marquette University Celebration of PhD Student Progress – Nursing Posters: Pre-death grief, resourcefulness, and positive thinking among caregivers of partners with young onset dementia. April 2016
  • Marquette University Forward Think Poster Presentations: Pre-death Grief, Resourcefulness, and Positive Thinking among Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia – December 2015
  • Marquette University Forward Thinking Poster Presentation with Dr. Abir Bekhet titled: Risk and Resistance Factors in the Lives of Dementia Caregivers: A Focus Group of Caregivers Caring for Persons with Dementia as Informants to develop Cognitive Intervention Program – December 2015.
  • Marquette University: Nursing PhD Research Posters: Resilience in Caregivers of Partners with Young Onset Dementia: A Concept Analysis – April 2015
  • Marquette University Forward Thinking Poster Presentations with Dr. Abir Bekhet titled A Pilot Study to Develop a Cognitive Intervention to Support Dementia Caregivers: A Focus Group of Caregivers Caring for Persons with Dementia as Informants – December 2013.
  • Marquette University Forward Thinking Poster Presentation with Dr. Abir Bekhet titled Psychometrics of Positive Thinking Skills Scale among Dementia Caregivers – December 2013.
  • Celebrate Carroll Poster April 2010 – Right Writing for Nursing Students
Book Reviewer
  • Reviewer: Gasper, M.L. and Dillion, P.M. (2012). Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, (2012). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
Journals Reviewer
  • Reviewer: Western Journal of Nursing Research – 2022, 2020, 2019
  • Reviewer: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias – 2018 & 2019.
  • Reviewer: Behavioral Sciences 2017.

Honors and Awards

  • Blair’s Cares Award from Alzheimer’s Association and Bonnie Blair to honor exemplary volunteers who work to End Alzheimer’s. September 2022.
  • Wisconsin Woman of Science for Alzheimer’s Association of Greater WI for research on caregivers of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. February 2022.
  • $1,000.00 grant from Carroll University Faculty Development grant for Empathy of health science students after a simulated dementia experience. AY 2021-2022
  • $15,000.00 grant from Bader Philanthropies for implementation of Virtual Dementia Simulations to enhance the student understanding of what people living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias experience.  November 2019
  • $2000.00 grant from the Waukesha Community Foundation for study on Pre-Death Grief, Resourcefulness and Caregiver Stress in partners diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. Fall 2017

What is your teaching style?

I enjoy working with students in an interactive format to help them achieve their goals.

Why do you do what you do?

I absolutely love working with the students.

How do you make learning engaging?

My goal is to help students learn so they can be successful. I try different techniques and formats to bring content alive and help students understand it.

What should students know about you?

I am excited to work with them. I am so proud of their accomplishments. Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family. We love to head to northern Wis. for fishing, four-wheeling and dirt bike riding in summer and snowmobiling in winter.

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