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Mary O'keefe, PhD, JD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Mary O'keefe

PhD, JD, RN

Professor

Mary O'keefe, PhD, JD, RN | UTMB School of Nursing

Mary O'keefe

PhD, JD, RN

Professor

Mary O'keefe

PhD, JD, RN


Overview

Education

  • MSN as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNS Psych/Mental Health)
  • PhD in Nursing
  • Juris Doctorate of Law
  • Certifications in Mediation & Arbitration
  • Certification in Bioethical Mediation Pending

Areas of Research, Teaching , And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship

4 year HRSA Grant – "Providing Care to Wards of Texas Probate Courts" $750,000.

Courses Taught

PhD Research Courses & DNP Law and Ethics Courses

Selected Accomplishments

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Dr. O'Keefe is a lawyer (JD) who is also a registered nurse (RN) with a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing and a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She uniquely combines her licenses as a registered nurse, lawyer and licensed professional counselor to provide arbitration, mediation and consultation as a nurse-attorney to focus on therapeutic jurisprudence. Through therapeutic jurisprudence, the focus is placed on the emotional and psychiatric impact of the legal process and development of a mutually satisfactory, cooperative resolution of any legal dispute for the benefit of all parties.

Dr. O'Keefe also has a certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Dr. O'Keefe combines her extensive experience in nursing, psychiatry, medicine and law to provide expert consultation in civil and personal injury litigation; for example, health care issues involved in medical malpractice, personal injury, toxic exposure, worker's compensation, wrongful death and insurance defense. She also provides consultation on psychiatric issues; for example, related to civil rights litigation, such as sexual harassment; wrongful discharge; revocation of licensure and resulting damages. Dr. O'Keefe also has extensive training in alternate dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

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Dr. O'Keefe is a lawyer (JD) who is also a registered nurse (RN) with a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing and a licensed professional counselor (LPC)..She has a certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CNS Psych/Mental Health) and has extensive training in alternate dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Dr. O’Keefe is a Professor in the UTMB School of Nursing, Galveston, Texas, where she has been awarded the Constance Brewer Koomey Endowed Professorship in Nursing and is recognized as an University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. She is also a Professor in the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a Clinical Associate Professor in the UTMB School of Medicine, and a Visiting Professor in the Shantou University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, Shantou, China. Dr. O’Keefe has published a series of textbooks known as Nursing Practice and the Law: Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Risks. She has a pending publication entitled Policy, Power, & Politics: Creating the Leadership Potential in Nursing Practice. Dr. O’Keefe is the mother of three daughters and grandmother to six grandchildren.

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