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About Grace Gao, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, LHIT-HP, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar Alumni


Grace Gao earned her DNP degree in Nursing Informatics and Integrative Health, and PhD in Nursing from University of Minnesota. In addition, Grace is a public health nurse and ANCC certified Informatics Nurse. Grace has worked in a variety of roles in both public and private sectors across extensive health care settings, including case manager in home care, care plan coordinator in long-term care, staff nurse in hospital, nurse educator in the academic setting, and clinical informatics specialist and consultant.

Grace’s nursing experiences showcase expertise in public health, nursing informatics, and integrative health. Her research leverages the use of EHR data and a strengths-oriented model. She aims to advance a whole-person approach in nursing education, research, and practice and ignite students’ passion for innovation and positive changes in healthcare.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Nursing, St. Catherine University Nursing Department
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 Reviewer for the AMIA 2020 Annual Symposium, American Medical Informatics Association
2020 Reviewer for the AMIA 2021 Virtual Informatics Summit, American Medical Informatics Association
2020 Reviewer for AMIA 2021 Virtual Clinical Informatics Conference, American Medical Informatics Association
2018 - 2020 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science (NKBDS) - Mobile Health Workgroup, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
2016 - 2020 Member, American Medical Informatics Association
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Honors and Awards

  • The Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG) Student Paper Award at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium
  • Future of Nursing Scholar Award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (9/15 – 5/18)
  • Student Methodologist (PhD) Award (4/21/17) from the Omaha System Partnership
  • Plan of Care Spot Award (10/13/14) from Optum
  • University Partnership for Health Informatics (UP-HI) Scholarship (2010 – 2011) from University of Minnesota

Courses

  • NURS 7100 Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: Assimilation into Prof Nursing Practice
  • NURS 7000 Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: High Acuity Care
  • NURS 6063 Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS 6012 Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics

Education

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PhD in Nursing, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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DNP, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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MS in Nursing Education, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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MA in Chinese Language and Literature, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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BSN, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
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Contact Information

email: ggao912@stkate.edu


Publications (13)