Reaching for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Nursing Education

On episode 445 of The Nurse Keith Show nursing and healthcare career podcast, Keith interviews Dr. Mykale Elbe, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Assistant Dean of Nursing at Maryville University.

Can nurses make a difference to improve the health of patient from all DEI backgrounds? In the course of their conversation, Keith and Dr. Elbe discuss how nursing education can improve in terms of preparing nurses to advocate for patients of diverse backgrounds, and the critical influence of concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to nursing education.

Dr. Mykale Elbe’s career is highlighted by her passion and advocacy for women, children, and minorities. A Maryville instructor since 2015, she guides the next generation of nurses and caregivers through diverse course offerings and hands-on learning.

Dr. Elbe, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, actively practices as a family nurse practitioner at Mercy Health and champions for promoting health literacy with her patients. She has performed vast research in her field, with a primary focus on breastfeeding support in an urban community.

Additionally, Dr. Elbe has led various presentations concentrated around community health, patient-centered care, student engagement, and interactive educational methods in online environments. An alumnus of Saint Louis University, Dr. Elbe earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Family Nurse Practice.

As a doctoral student, Dr. Elbe concentrated her capstone project in the importance of text message support for breastfeeding in an urban population.

Throughout her education, Dr. Elbe received honors from Alpha Epsilon Lambda-Graduate Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu-Jesuit Honor Society, and Sigma Theta Tau-Nursing Honor Society.

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Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, professional podcaster, published author, award-winning blogger, inspiring keynote speaker, and successful nurse entrepreneur. Connect with Nurse Keith at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Nurse Keith lives in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico with his lovely fiancée, Shada McKenzie, a highly gifted traditional astrologer and reader of the tarot. You can find Shada at The Circle and the Dot.

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