College of Nursing Clinical Professor Named Vice President/President-Elect for National Nurse Practitioner Organization

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Edward Gruber, a clinical professor and graduate program coordinator at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane, has been elected to serve as vice president/president-elect for the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

Gruber was elected by the membership to serve a three-year term of office beginning Feb. 6. The ACNP represents more than 40,000 nurse practitioners through a three-tier membership of individual, state and national affiliates. Gruber has been an active member of the ACNP since 1995, serving as immediate past chair of the ad-hoc committee on state affiliate membership.

“I look forward to facilitating and addressing the varied issues facing the ACNP in what promises to be a time of opportunity and challenge for nurse practitioners across the country,” said Gruber.

Gruber joined the Intercollegiate College of Nursing in January 2000 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was the co-coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

“Ed is a highly respected professor and faculty colleague, and will serve the College of Nursing and the ACNP well in his leadership role over the next three years,” said Dorothy Detlor, dean of the College of Nursing. “He has turned his clinical focus to teaching and student development since joining our college and is mentoring many of the faculty in this area.”

In addition to teaching two graduate level courses at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing, Gruber serves as the graduate program coordinator, advising many of the 145 advanced degree students. He also regularly provides direct care at the college’s nurse-managed People’s Clinic located at the YWCA and the Pediatric Outreach Project clinics held every Thursday at Shaw Middle School.

Prior to beginning his career in nursing education, Gruber completed a 20-year career as a nurse officer in the U.S. Air Force, holding positions on medical surgical nursing units, in nursing service administration and as a nurse practitioner. He retired in 1984 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.