Nursing faculty and staff

Ruth Dankanich Daumer, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing
Department Chair

Ed.D., University of South Dakota
M.S.N., University of Nebraska
B.S.N., Briar Cliff University
A.A.S., Purdue University, PHCNS-ARP, FCN



Dr. Daumer has more than 25 years experience in nursing and academia and in developing strategic partnerships with practice and faith-based settings. She is licensed as an advanced practice nurse/clinical specialist in community health nursing and frequently presents on faith and health research. Her research focuses on the relationship between faith and health, Christian foundations of nursing and the experience of clergy health. Dr. Daumer coordinates a parish nurse ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Orange City. She leads whole person health programs for professional church workers and their families in western Iowa.


    Publications and presentations

    • "The Relationships Between Hope and Spirtuality in Community-based Older Adults," (In Press)
    • "Walking with Clergy on Their Health Journey," Health Ministry Journal, 2007
    • "Wired for Nursing: Stimulating Excitement in Nursing Through a Summer Camp," with V. Britson, Journal of Nursing Education, 2003
    • "Seasons for Wholeness: Monthly Themes and Programming," Parish Health Ministry Volume V, 2003
    • "The Regimental Regimen: Health and Healing with the Corps of Discovery," Briar Cliff Review 14, 2002
    • "The Experience of Health as Lived by Clergy," doctoral dissertation, 2002
    • "Seasons for Wholeness: Monthly Themes and Programming," Parish Health Ministry Volumes I-V, 1999
    • "Teaming for Program-Based Accreditation Success," Chicago, IL, 2009
    • "Measuring the Health of Clergy," Sioux Falls, SD, 2008
    • "Bridging the Quality Chasm: Evidence-Based Practice Partnerships between Academia and Healthcare," Des Moines, IA 2008
    • "Parish Nursing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition," Sioux Center, IA, 2007
    • "Heart and Health for Marys and Marthas: Nurturing Women’s Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Hearts," Sioux City, IA, 2007
    • "Evidence-Based Nursing Practice: In God We Trust, All Others Must Bring Evidence," Orange City, IA, 2006
    • "Ablazing Grace: Experiencing Jesus in the Tapestry of your Life," Lake Okoboji, IA, 2006


    • The International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (2008 to the present)
    • Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health (2007 to the present)
    • Health Ministries Association (2007 to the present)
    • Nurses’ Christian Fellowship (2005 to the present)
    • Zeta Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing (1985 to the present)