Director, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Professor of Nursing - Clinical
Acute and Continuing Care
Dr. Ruppert received her PhD degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She completed a post-graduate Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and has completed an acute care preceptorship. In addition, she is also recognized as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Dr. Ruppert is a Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing where she is Division Head for Advanced Care and is the Track Director for the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), and the National Academies of Practice (FNAP).
In addition to teaching, Dr. Ruppert has held a faculty practice as a nurse practitioner since 1996. She also has had a long practice experience in adult medicine providing primary health care to both insured and underserved populations. Her clinical background is a complimentary blend of both acute care and primary care experiences.
Dr. Ruppert has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice since 1997. She received the 1999 Sigma Theta Tau International Information Technology Award for Knowledge Advancement for this publication. She has served as an editor and contributor to textbooks and currently serves as an Editorial Board member and reviewer for numerous journals. She has published articles in several journals including Nurse Practitioner, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, and American Journal of Critical Care.
Dr. Ruppert has held numerous national leadership positions within professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, AACN Certification Corporation, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ruppert currently serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), as a member of the CCNE Accreditation Review Committee, and as a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Curricular Leadership Committee. Dr. Ruppert is the Nurse Leader of the TEXAS TEAM Gulf Coast Regional Leadership Team which functions to support the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing recommendations in a 13 county region. She is past Chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Content Expert Panel for the Adult Nurse Practitioner certification examination and past vice-chair of the ANCC Appointment Committee.