Throughout her career, Dr. Renee Gregg has applied her expertise as a clinician and educator to improve the lives of the rural and underserved. In 2007, Dr. Gregg began to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in rural Indiana and beginning in 2017 in Southern Arizona. She has served as primary investigator on studies that focused on the opioid epidemic, utilizing holistic integrative interventions, decreasing stress and anxiety within graduate nursing students, increasing doctoral nursing students ability to manage chronic pain patients effectively, and decreasing infant mortality through improving maternal and infant health outcomes. Dr. Gregg has presented at local, state, and national levels and has multiple published articles in peer-reviewed journals within these areas.
Dr. Gregg began teaching in 2011. She is a passionate advocate for increasing the knowledge and training of APRN students. Her work in this area has encompassed studying innovative ways to elevate evidence-based practice skills for nurse leaders; investigating loan repayment programs for nursing education; exploring the effects of the flipped learning approach on baccalaureate nursing students.
In addition, Dr. Gregg developed the Try-It-On Teaching-Learning Strategy which encourages students to do more than complete an assignment as a task to check off, but to engage mentally, emotionally, and physically. Try-It-On Teaching-Learning Strategy promotes a hands-on immersion to encourage students to personally experience integrative treatment modalities. When the student, as the stakeholder, believes in the effectiveness of an integrative treatment modality through personal experience, the student, as the health care provider, will be enabled to provide education to the patient that will positively influence patient outcomes. The student outcome is a shift in the perception from skeptical to open and finally to develop a personal belief in the effectiveness of an integrative modality, which is transferred to the patient. If a healthcare provider believes in the effectiveness of an integrative therapy, the patient will experience increased confidence and a willingness to try a treatment.
Currently, Dr. Gregg is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Interim Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Coordinator at the University of Arizona, College of Nursing. She teaches within the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program and has led the redesign of the DNP Project through the development of the DNP Project Tool Kit and four new courses designed to increase student engagement and decrease time to graduate. She also teaches primary care for the family nurse practitioner students, where she implemented the Arizona Pain and Addiction Curriculum utilizing the Try-It-On Teaching-Learning Strategy to empower students to utilize holistic integrative interventions in the treatment of pain and addictions. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Gregg served as a tenure-line Assistant Professor at Ball State University, School of Nursing, in Muncie, Indiana in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
Additionally, Dr. Gregg is a member of the Board of Directors for the Chronic Pain and Addiction Center (CPAC) in Tucson, Arizona, and serves on the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s (NONPF) Curriculum Leadership Committee, the Arizona Statewide Curriculum Workgroup where she helped to develop the Arizona Pain and Addiction Curriculum, as well as numerous committees at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Gregg currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Phil, and two sons, A.J. and Drew.