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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Hans-Peter de Ruiter

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Hans-Peter de Ruiter


2009 to Present

Credentials: PhD, RN


Educational Background

  • Tom Kierans International Post-Doctural Fellow, University of Toronto (2012-2013)
  • PhD in Nursing (Minor in Bioethics) , University of Minnesota (2008)
  • MS in Nursing , Winona State University (2004)
  • BS in Nursing (Minor in Psychology), University of the State of New York (1996)
  • Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, St Willibrordus Psychiatric Center, The Netherlands (1989)
  • Diploma in General Nursing, School of Nursing at the Free University, Amsterdam (1987)

Teaching Areas

  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Leadership, Administration and Labor Issues
  • Global Health

Research Interests

  • Healthcare Informatics (The impact of the Electronic Record on Care delivery)
  • Global Health
  • Mental Health
  • Institutional Ethnogaphy


  • 2012 Minnesota Nurses Association - Researcher of the Year
  • 2011 Minnesota State University,Mankato - Global Citizen Award
  • 2006 University of Minnesota - Graduate Assistant of the Year
  • 2001 University of the State of New York (Regents College) - Silver Anniversary Alumnus Performance Award

Current Memberships

  • Midwestern Nursing Research Society
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Minnesota Nurses Association
  • American Nurses Association

Selected Publications


  • de Ruiter H.P., Liaschenko, J (2011) To lift or not to lift: patient-handling practices. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal. Aug: 59(8) 337-43
  • de Ruiter H.P., Freeman D., Hughes R., Sellers R,. (2011), Ethics at the bedside: A Conversation, Creative Nursing Creative Nursing 17(2):96-103
  • de Ruiter H.P., Demma J. (2011) Nursing: The Skill and Art of Being in a Society of Multitasking, Creative Nursing Creative Nursing 17(1): 25-29 
  • de Ruiter, H-P, (2008) Defining Nursing: A Linguistic View. Creative nursing, 14(4), 186-187
  • de Ruiter, H-P, (2007) Quantifying Nursing: Caring or Catastrophe ? Creative nursing, 13(2), 10-12
  • de Ruiter, H-P (2006). The safety paradox. Creative nursing, 12(3), 4-7
  • Meittunen, E. de Ruiter, H.-P. Gavin, C. Implementation of an Internet fire response form to improve the drill response process. Journal of Emergency Management 2003 Fal1(3):37-41.
  • Greene, H., de Ruiter, H.-P., Atkins, N., Banks, I, L, B., Nelson, J & Rahn, D (2002). Diabetes expertise: a subspecialty on a general medical unit. MedSurg Nursing, 11(5), 281-288.
  • de Ruiter, H.-P. (2001). NAs aid RN retention. Nursing Management (Recruitment & Retention Report), 32(11), 39-40.
  • de Ruiter, H.-P., & Hofner- Saphiere, D. (2001). Nurse Leaders as Cultural Bridges. JONA, 31(9), 418-423.
  • de Ruiter, H.-P., & Larsen, K., E. (2002). Developing a Transcultural Patient Care Web Site. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 13(1), 61-67.
  • de Ruiter, H.-P., Meittunen, E., & Sauder, K. (2001). Improving Safety for caregivers through collaborative practice. Journal of Healthcare Safety, Compliance and Infection Control, 5(2).
  • Kummeth, P., de Ruiter, H.-P., & Capelle, S. (2001). Developing a Nursing Assistant Model: Having the Right Person Perform the Right Job. MedSurg Nursing, 10(5), 255-263.
  • Meittunen, E., de Ruiter, H.-P., & McCormack, H. (2000). The use of a data collection instrument to drive patient transfer risk control decisions. Journal of Healthcare Safety, Compliance & Infection Control, 4(7), 305-309.


  • de Ruiter, H-P (2007) Guest Editorial: Hans, Voices, and Hearts. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 24, 63
  • de Ruiter, H-P. (2006). Lifting devices revisited: Safer for nurses--but what about the patients? The American Journal of Nursing, 106(9), 13.

Chapters in Books

  • de Ruiter, H-P, de Ruiter M B Safe Patient Handing (Nelson, A editor) Chapter , Preventing injuries when taking care of Special Needs Patients , Springer Publishing 2006

Book Reviews

  • de Ruiter, H-P The Rise of Mental Health Nursing: A History of Psychiatric Care in Dutch Asylums, 1890-1920 (review)  Bulletin of the History of Medicine – 78(3), Fall 2004, 727-728 – Review