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Ebere Ume, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., PHN

Dean of the Leach College of Nursing, 2019

MSN, BSN, California State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University

Ebere Ume, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., PHN, currently serves as the Dean of the Leach College of Nursing (LCON) at the University of St. Francis (USF).  Prior to her role at USF, She was the Associate Dean of Mervyn Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) and Program Director of the RN-BSN Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Ume’s PhD is from Arizona State University. Her MSN and BSN are from California State University Dominguez Hills, and her ADN from Long Beach City College. She also holds a number of graduate certificates including Advanced Nursing Education and Geriatric Nursing from Arizona State University, Certificate in Qualitative Research from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and School Nursing/Health Services Certification from California State University Northridge.

Dr. Ebere Ume has been a nurse since 1992, and her work experience includes that of staff nurse, nursing school faculty, nursing director and researcher. She has taught at all levels of nursing education and previously owned and operated a very successful CNA training program in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Ume has served in various roles in nursing education and administration including: Program Director ELM, Interim Assistant Dean, and Associate Dean and Program Director of RN-BSN.

Her research interests include: family caregiving with particular focus on the post-caregiving phase of care, end-of-life, palliative care, and student success. She has received and participated in several research and training grants including serving as C0-PI/PI on the following grants – SongBrown grants, and NIH UCLA-CDU Bridges to Doctorate grant. The songBrown grants supported pre-licensure nursing students’ success The Bridges program provided strong mentorship, assistance and support for ELM students interested and selected to participate in the Bridges to PhD program. Dr. Ume has been funded by an NIH-NINR Nurse Research Service Award, a John Hartford Foundation Pre-doctoral scholarship, a Jonas-Hartford pre-doctoral award and was a very active and valuable team member of an NIH RO1 grant through a Diversity Supplement grant (Momento Cruciales, Dr. Bronwynne Evans, PI). 

Dr. Ume serves diligently in various school and university committees. Dr. Ume is an avid contributor to the development of nursing science and regularly contributes through scholarly, peer-reviewed publications and numerous professional presentations at international, national, regional and local conferences. She is passionate about faculty and student mentorship and provides a stable, positive support, engagement, and commitment to the faculty and students. She contributed immensely to the rapid, positive restructuring, and turn-around of the MMDSON. Currently, in her current role as Dean of the LCON, Dr. Ume is leading collaboratively and enjoys the strong support of the faculty and students. She is totally committed to the growth and success of the LCON programs. She was a member of the California Action Coalition.

She is a member of the Gerontology Society of America (GSA), Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), National Black Nurses Association (NBNA), Alliance of Black Nurses of Illinois, and Sigma Theta Tau.