Ruth Engbers, PhD, RN

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Since becoming a registered nurse in 2005, I have worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology settings, home hospice, and home health.  I love helping my nursing students both understand how their future patients will need to navigate through a complex healthcare system and also think about how they can best guide and educate their future patients for success.  My research interests include promoting resilience and empathy in nursing students, nurses, and informal family caregivers.


PhD Marquette University, 2023
BSN Calvin University, 2005

Intellectual Contributions

Engbers, R. A. (2020). Students’ perceptions of interventions designed to foster empathy: An integrative review. Nurse Education Today86

Engbers, R. A. (2019). Informal caregivers’ perceptions of needs from hospice providers: An integrative review. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine36(12), 1114–1123.

Zandee, G., Bossenbroek, D., Friesen, M., Blech, K., & Engbers, R. (2010). Effectiveness of community health worker/nursing student teams as a strategy for public health nursing education. Public Health Nursing27(3), 277–284.