Dr. Dama O'Keefe

Dean of the College of Nursing, Kinesiology, and Public Health

Hartung 381

Dr. Dama O’Keefe graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2001 with a BSN. Dama worked for St. Vincent Carmel in intensive care and progressive care and would function as the charge nurse in these areas. She transitioned to Community Surgery Center Hamilton and worked for seven years in pre-op, post-op, and PACU. During her time there, she was also a CPR instructor. Since completing her Master’s in Primary Care Nursing in 2013, Dr. O’Keefe has worked as a family nurse practitioner for IU Health Business Solutions providing primary care and occupational health to various populations in central Indiana. The past four years, Dama has divided her time between nursing education teaching in the BSN pre-licensure program at Indiana Wesleyan and continuing her practice with IU Health.

Dama completed her DNP in 2020 with a focus in leadership. Her project concentrated on the importance of self-care in nursing, which demonstrated an improvement in the emotional intelligence of the participants in her project. She developed a curriculum, The O’Keefe Approach to Self-care, for nursing students to use during their education and beyond.

Dama is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners). She holds a certification with NRCME (National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners).

Dama and her husband, Jeff, live near Lapel with their two daughters. They enjoy gardening, beekeeping, tending to their chickens, and spending time with family and friends. 

B.S.N. University of Saint Francis
M.S.N. Indiana Wesleyan University
F.N.P.-C Indiana Wesleyan University