David Hrabe

David Hrabe
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Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
Executive Director, Academic Innovations and Partnerships
034G Newton Hall
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1585 Neil Avenue
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David P. Hrabe, PhD, RN, has over three decades’ experience as a nurse, consultant, and educator.


At The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Hrabe serves as associate professor of clinical nursing and executive director, Academic Innovations and Partnerships. He teaches courses on leadership in advanced nursing care and scientific thought in nursing.


Throughout his career as a psychiatric nurse, Hrabe has a long-standing interest in how to improve RN retention and patient care, receiving grants and awards, publishing papers, and lecturing on national healthcare issues. He has devoted much of his career to promoting team communication and stress management practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals. Hrabe is passionate about developing the next generation of nurses and healthcare team leaders to work more effectively by communicating clearly and taking better care of themselves and each other.


To that end, he has helped to introduce the Health Athlete initiative, comprised of the Nurse Athlete and Health Athlete programs, to professionals from all health disciplines. The initiative highlights ways to refocus and reenergize one’s personal and professional life by emphasizing energy management through a comprehensive examination of goals and values. The approach uses the power of one's story to affect behavior change and increase participants’ ability to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors that will, in turn, improve their health outcomes.


Prior to his position at Ohio State, Hrabe served as associate dean, Nursing and Healthcare Innovation Programs at Arizona State University. He worked with students, faculty and administrators to design and implement academic and continuing education programs to meet the healthcare needs of a complex and diverse patient populations. He has served in many local, state and national organizations including the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Workforce Development Advisory Committee, Arizona Nurses Association, Southwest Sigma Theta Tau Research Consortium, and Western Institute of Nursing. He is also a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International.


He received his doctorate in nursing from University of Arizona, his master’s degree from Arizona State University and his BSN from Fort Hays State University.



August 05, 2020

The need for human touch is universal among critical care patients and is an important component of the nurse–patient relationship. However, multiple barriers to human touch exist in the critical care environment. With little research to guide practice, we argue for the importance of human touch in the provision of holistic nursing care.

July 20, 2020

The five-year, $3.13 million grant will deploy social-assistive robots at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber and Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton near Canton for an eight-week trial. The study is aimed at curbing loneliness and apathy in older adults, especially for those with dementia.