Professors to Know in Nursing
Current nursing students are entering a profession with a history of intelligent, dedicated, and pioneering women. From Florence Nightingale, who established the concept of modern medicine as we know it, to many current registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing professors who are blazing new trails in education and patient care.
By getting to know some of the brightest nursing professors and researchers in the U.S., students can learn more about the profession and their own possible career paths as a nurse.
Nursing Professors You Should Know
Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAHA, FAAN
Focus: Cardiovascular Health, Critical Care Nursing, Population Health, Innovative Educational Strategies, Simulation, Interprofessional Education
Licensing/Certifications: Certified Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader
Notable Contributions to Nursing: Responsible for educational innovations have increased diversity and inclusion in academic and work settings. Launched the Center for Clinical Learning, which provides simulation-based experiences.
- AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award – 2018
- New Jersey League for Nursing’s Nurse Recognition Award – 2018
- March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Academic Educator Award – 2017
Current University: Dean of the Unterberg School at Monmouth University
Ashley Franklin, PhD, RN
Focus: Healthcare Simulation Research and Teaching, Nursing Education Research, Expert Modeling, Quantitative Methods
Licensing/Certifications: Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, Certified Nurse Educator
Notable Contribution to Nursing: Developed evidence-based teaching practices in healthcare simulation.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence – 2019
- Faculty Marshall – 2016
- Joyce Griffin-Sobel Research Award, National League for Nursing – 2015
Current University: Associate Professor at Texas Christian University – Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Christine Mullins, RN, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Focus: All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Care Provider Knowledge and Administration of Vaccines, Interprofessional Education, Simulation in Graduate Education
Licensing/Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner
Notable Contributions to Nursing: Funded by ETSU College of Nursing Research to create a digital clinical application.
Awards: AACN Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award – 2019
Current University: Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University College of Nursing
Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE
Focus: Medical-Surgical, Gerontology, Critical Care
Licensing/Certifications: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), VoiceThread Certified Educator (VCE), Humanized, Connected Online Teaching and Learning, CSUC, Creative Commons Certified Educator
Notable Contribution to Nursing: Innovative teaching and learning practices, including digital badges, open educational resources, open courses, digital storytelling, and extended reality. Affordable learning solutions, enabling students to take classes without textbooks or course materials.
- AACN Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award – 2019
- Co-Recipient of the Ventura County Leadership Academy Educational Leader of the Year- 2019
- California State University Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award – 2018
Current University: Associate Professor at California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, California
Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Focus: Mental Health Nursing, End of Life Care, Workforce Development
Licensing/Certifications: Registered Nurse
Notable Contributions to Nursing: Represented AACN on the Expert Panel that developed the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.
- University of Maryland Medical Center Nursing Colleague Award – 2019
- AACN Sister Bernadette Armiger Award – 2018
- Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association’s Leading the Way Award – 2013
Current University: Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Professor of Family and Community Health, Director of interprofessional education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAAN, FAANP
Focus: Acute Care, Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education, Curriculum Development
Licensing/Certifications: Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Notable Contribution to Nursing: Was the founding Board Chair for the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners – the first national specialty professional organization for ENP practice.
Awards: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Certified Nurse Awards – 2020
Current Position: Professor of Nursing, Academic Director of Emergency Nurse Practitioner Specialty at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Linda S. Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN
Focus: Research, Gerontology
Licensing/Certifications: PhD in Nursing, Certificate in Gerontology
Notable Contributions to Nursing: Researches injuries in older adults in rural areas and the triage of injured adults in rural and urban areas to trauma care.
- Amy Berman Leadership in Gerontological Nursing International Award. Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honorary Society – 2019
- Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence – 2019
Current Position: Associate Professor at University of Utah College of Nursing, Director of Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Director of Utah Geriatric Education Consortium
Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN
Focus: Spirituality and Healing, Mindfulness, Chronic Illness, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Licensing/Certifications: Registered Nurse
Notable Contribution to Nursing: Founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. Coauthor of “Integrative Nursing,” a practical guide for nurses to apply holistic learning in the health care system.
Awards: Women’s Health Leadership Trust’s Health and Wellness Innovation Award – 2016
Current University: Director of Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH), Professor of Population Health and Systems Cooperative at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Mary Koithan, PhD, RN, APRN, BC
Focus: Integrative Therapeutics, Integrative Nursing, Systems of Care for Diverse Populations, Whole-Systems Healing, Research Methodologies, Chronically Ill Populations
Licensing/Certifications: Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist-Home Health Nursing and Nursing Case Management
Notable Contribution to Nursing: Recently published “Integrative Nursing,” a practical guide for nurses to apply holistic learning in the health care system, with coauthor Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, R.N., FAAN.
- AACN Lectureship Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education – 2019
- Edith Sayre Auslander Established Visionary Award – 2019
Current University: Dean of College of Nursing at Washington State University Health Sciences
Pamela DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN, CNL
Focus: Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Practice, Effect of Geography on Vulnerable Population’s Health
Licensing/Certifications: Clinical Nurse Leader
Notable Contributions to Nursing: Works to expand the types and number of clinical sites that prepare students for CNL practice.
Awards: AACN CNL Educator Award – 2019
Current University: Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing
Information on this page was last updated in June 2021.