Wendy D. Grube, PhD, CRNP, FAAN
- PhD , University of Pennsylvania, 2010
- MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1982
- BSN, Pennsylvania State University, 1971
Dr. Grube teaches a graduate course on women’s health and primary care and two courses that examine other systems of care, one on complementary and alternative therapies and one that compares the health systems of the U.S. and Thailand. Mentoring students is an important component of Dr. Grube’s work.
Dr. Grube also focuses on the primary health care needs of women as director of the Penn Women’s Health/Gender Related Care Nurse Practitioner program. Along with preparing students to become nurse practitioners, the program examines social determinants that affect women’s lives locally and globally, public policy, advances in practice and technology, and ongoing research.
Expanding Primary Care in Rural India
There is a desperate lack of physicians in rural India. People there often rely on Ayurvedic and other traditional Indian practitioners for their health care. These traditional systems hold promise for delivering culturally-sensitive primary care to treat common conditions and prevent complications from chronic disorders. With support from a private donor and in collaboration with the IKP India Centre for Technologies in Public Health, Dr. Grube developed a Bridge Training Program to teach traditional Indian practitioners aspects of conventional medicine for treating basic health conditions and referring patients to advanced care when necessary. Through close mentorship, her graduate and undergraduate students helped develop curricular modules.
Since 2002, Dr. Grube has worked as a nurse practitioner at the Allentown Women’s Center, where she is a preceptor for Penn nurse practitioner and midwifery students. Before that, she ran a private nurse practitioner practice in Trexlertown, Pa., where she was among the first nurse practitioners in the United States to perform colposcopy, a procedure done after an abnormal Pap test to closely examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease.
Selected Career Highlights
- The Nightingale Award for Nursing Education-Academic
- The Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing Faculty
- Editorial Advisory Board, Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs
- Zug, K., & Grube, W. (in press). Expanding the nurse practitioner’s role in the cervical cancer prevention triad: Screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Women’s Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, .
- Grube, W., Ammon, T., & Killen, M. (2011). The role of ultrasound imaging in detecting endometrial cancer among postmenopausal women with vaginal bleeding. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 40(5), 632-637.
- Grube, W. (2010). Prevention of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. In A. Romm (Eds.), Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. (495-504). St. Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone.
- Stringer, M.R., Asdornwised, U.P., Pinyopasakul, W., Grube, W., Wirojratana, V., & Chanprasobpol, B. (2008). Structuring learning for cultural competence: A short-stay faculty-facilitated cultural immersion programme for american students in Thailand. Asian Journal of Nursing, 11, 107-114.
- Bartley, A., Harding, A, Herold, T., Rodies, K, Streiff, T, & Grube, W. (2007). Mountains of hope. Nursing Spectrum, 16 (5), 42717.