Dr. Nancy Steele '85 & '94 is making history as the Chief of Nursing Research Services for the Europe Regional Medical Command. She has been charged with the unique task of establishing the first nursing research center outside of the United States. As Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, she is stationed in Landstuhl, Germany and is responsible for daily operations at the Center for Science & Clinical Inquiry for all of Europe, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Steele earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Grand Valley State University in 1985, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education in 1994. She also spent several years as a visiting professor and assistant professor within the Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) at GVSU. It was during her work and research with KCON that she felt called to serve her country.
After gaining 10 years of experience in the Army, Steele received her Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Michigan in 2002. Upon graduation, she served in Honduras and El Salvador as a Nurse Practitioner before she was stationed in Hawaii. During her last year there she was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, after being selected to take on the role of Human Protections Administrator for Iraq and Deputy Director of the Deployed Combat Casualty Research Team.
In recognition of service to her country, Steele has received more than 20 military awards including, U.S. Military Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the United States Meritorious Service Medal. She was also nominated for the Bronze Star in 2008, credited with assisting in medical research efforts in Iraq that helped to improve health care to over 162,000 military and coalition personnel. She currently serves on the Army Nurse Corp Research Advisory Board (NRAB), The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), and the Association of Women's Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Steele has also contributed to several nationally recognized publications including the Journal of Military Medicine.
Steele has been stationed in Germany since 2008. The majority of her nursing research focuses on the care of wounded warriors who serve on the front lines in Europe, and also the affects of fatigue, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other clinical issues on soldiers.
In November 2011, Steele was assigned to serve as the Regional Chief of Military Nurse Research at Womak Military Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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