Online MSN Faculty & Staff
Your online graduate nursing faculty and staff include highly experienced, respected educators with doctoral degrees – the same professors who teach JU’s world-class MSN program on campus. They will help you to develop your skills and abilities to the furthest possible degree and foster your nursing education with innovative educational opportunities. Striving to offer the best academic experience possible, they aim to further your goals with a high-quality online MSN program that allows for academic theory while exploring professionally relevant issues.
Jacksonville University’s online MSN nursing faculty and staff understand your specific needs as a professional MSN student. Courses adapt to your educational needs and busy schedule. Selected by the university based on their academic qualifications and their ability to work effectively with adult professionals, JU’s faculty develops lifelong learners who contribute to their professions and their communities.
Prepared to facilitate your professional development, your professors emphasize building and mastering professional skills and creative thinking. By building self-confidence and gaining insight into evolving and relevant nursing practices, you establish a solid foundation for your nursing career.
Master of Science in Nursing Faculty
I am a full-time faculty member here at Jacksonville University. A little about me: I graduated from the University of Kansas with my BSN in 1981. I have worked most of my nursing career in the emergency room, which I have truly enjoyed. I graduated from the University of Florida in 1998 with my MSN and am an Adult Nurse Practitioner. I practiced as a Nurse Practitioner for two and a half years and then decided to become full-time faculty at the college. I recently graduated with my PhD from Barry University, where my dissertation was a qualitative study – specifically, a grounded theory on the process ED nurses use to manage adult patients’ pain. I am also a certified emergency nurse.
I have been a full-time faculty member at Jacksonville University since 2010. I obtained my BSN and MSN (Nursing Administration) from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. I obtained my E.D. in Educational Leadership (cognate in Adult Learning/Patient Safety) from the University of North Florida. My clinical background is in Women's, Children's, and Community Health. I worked as a CEO of a women's center and in Quality/Patient Safety at two large health systems. My research focus is in patient safety and health outcomes. My dissertation was a mixed methods design entitled Frameworks of Patient Safety in the Nursing Curriculum. I have several years of experience in education and teach in both the BSN and MSN programs at Jacksonville University.
My name is Michelle Edmonds and I have held a full-time faculty position at Jacksonville University since June 2003. My nursing career began in 1996 when I graduated with my BSN from the University of North Florida. I worked at Shands Jacksonville as a staff nurse for five years in both the adult and pediatric ERs. I continued my education at UNF, receiving my MSN in 2001, and worked full time as a Family Nurse Practitioner for two years at a local family practice clinic, where I continue to work one day a week. I graduated from Barry University with my PhD in nursing in December 2008. I’m really thrilled to be teaching on the JU campus and in the online MSN and RN to BSN programs!
I joined the School of Nursing in October, 2006. I’m an advanced practice nurse, certified in psych-mental health nursing. I’ve taught students at the BSN, MSN and PhD levels, been an administrator at schools of nursing and in hospitals, and I’ve had a private practice as a nurse psychotherapist for 25 years. In terms of research/scholarly work, I’ve done studies on outcomes of care, women with chronic mental illness and holistic nursing practice. At JU I teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs (community, psych, synthesis, research), and now in the online MSN and RN to BSN programs as well! I’ve moved from a faculty position to become dean. But I still teach, and I love keeping in touch with students this way.
I earned my BS in Nursing from the University of Miami in 1974. Later returning to advance my education as an adult, I earned an MS in HRM from Nova Southeastern University in 1997 and completed my Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern in 1999. I have earned specializations at the doctorate level in human resource management, marketing and research methods and in early 2010 completed a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Kaplan University. I have worked extensively in upper management in healthcare both clinically and administratively as well as business in marketing and human resource management in the domestic and global environments. I have published extensively in the areas of human resource management, talent strategy for retention and knowledge management. I am active in local and national professional associations of SHRM, ASTD, WHEN, AOM and AHIMA.
I started out with an ADN from Georgia Southwestern University, graduating in 1983. I obtained CCRN certification around 1986 and maintained that until 2007, when I switched to a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. I began teaching in 1991. I completed my MSN at Albany State University in community health nursing with a specialization in nursing education. I started teaching at JU in 1997. I finished my PhD at Barry University in Miami in 2000 and completed a family nurse practitioner program in 2006.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of Nursing for Jacksonville University and have taught these classes online for many years. I am also a certified nurse midwife who has worked in private practice for many years. I have been an ARNP since 1983 and an RN since 1979. I attended Vanderbilt University as an undergrad and Boston College for graduate school. I received my midwifery education, as well as my PhD in Nursing, at the University of Florida. I am also a Captain in the Nurse Corps in the US Naval Reserve.
I am the Director for the RN to BSN programs at Jacksonville University. In addition to serving as the Director, I teach ground based courses as well as courses in the online nursing program. I have an advanced practice degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of Florida and my terminal degree is a PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Before teaching at Jacksonville University, I taught for the University of Colorado and Barry University and I have been at JU since 2007.