UA PhD in Nursing Student Attends Institute of Nursing Science Summer School in Switzerland

Sep 1, 2014

In August, Pedro N. Oblea, Jr., MS, BSN, RN, a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) student at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, traveled from Converse, Texas, to Basel, Switzerland, to attend the Institute of Nursing Science Summer School. Before his trip, he wasn’t sure how he would measure up against his peers, but since returning home from the five-day course focused on developing behavioral interventions for older adults, he feels more confident than ever.

“I felt like I was ahead of my peers when it comes to my PhD education,” said Oblea, who was awarded a ThinkSwiss travel grant to help cover travel and accommodation costs. “For me, it was confirmation of how well-prepared I am becoming through my studies.”

A major in the Army Nurse Corps, Oblea’s dissertation is focused on the effects of short-term separation on the behavioral health of military wives, with an emphasis on depression.

“I’ve been deployed twice overseas, and my wife and I are separated at least three times a year, varying from a week to 13 months,” said Oblea. “There is a lot of research about the effect of long-term separation on depression, but there is very little about short-term separation.”

Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website,