Nancy Drew was born in 1941 and grew up in the State of Illinois, USA. She received a Diploma in nursing from Copley Memorial Hospital, Aurora, Illinois in 1962. After several years in medical-surgical nursing, she earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Illinois University in 1978 and 1979, respectively. She went on to earn a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1985. While working on her Doctorate she practiced in psychiatric/mental health nursing at Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes' Hospital in Chicago. Subsequently, Dr. Drew taught at DePauw University and Saint Joseph College. A lifelong fascination with phenomenological philosophy and its focus on the interior life structured her teaching and practice. Closely aligned with phenomenology was her commitment to psychodrama as a method for teaching and practice. She is certified by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. During her years in academia, she conducted personal growth groups, which also informed her teaching. She retired in 2004 and holds the rank of Emerita Professor of Nursing at Saint Joseph College. In addition to her own thinking and writing, Dr. Drew's scholarly work continues in the capacity of reviewer/editor for several journals.
Biography Updated on 26 January 2011