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Taylor, Jennifer L.
Undergraduate Nursing Director/Assoc. Professor
Nursing and Allied Health Center, 104B
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Dr. Jennifer Taylor joined the Lindenwood University faculty as an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs in June 2013. She grew up on a small farm in central Missouri, but has lived in the St. Louis/St. Charles area for the past 20+ years. Dr. Taylor and her husband Scott live in O'Fallon with their son, Michael. Scott is a third grade teacher with the City of St. Charles school district and Michael would like to grow up to be a Lindenwood Lion hockey player.
Educational and Professional Experience
Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Louis University and began her professional nursing career in critical and emergency nursing. While practicing as a registered nurse and serving as a clinical preceptor, Dr. Taylor developed an interest in expanding her career to nursing education. She earned a Master's of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Nursing Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Dr. Taylor's nursing education experience has been predominately with undergraduate nursing students, including service as a BSN traditional program director and retention coordinator. She has expertise in teaching both on-ground and online course formats. Her combination of teaching and administrative experience brings together knowledge about best practices for higher education and supports for at-risk students to enhance program planning aimed at improving student graduation and retention rates. Throughout her nursing education career, Dr. Taylor has continued to practice in the emergency department setting.
Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Scholar
Scholar: Jennifer Taylor, Mentor: Geralyn Frandsen
January 2012 – November 2013
Innovations in Technology Grant: Classroom iPad Usage
PI: Jennifer Taylor
“Utilizing iPad Technology to Enhance Clinical Learning and Nursing Process Decision Making”
Sigma Theta Tau Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
PI: Jennifer Taylor, Co-PI: Chrystal Lewis
“Creating Unique Student Paths to NCLEX-RN Success: Improving NCLEX-RN Pass
Rates Utilizing Individualized Learning Plans”
November 2011 – November 2012
Areas of Focus
Dr. Taylor's primary area of interest is with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning focusing on evidence based educational methodologies across all learning platforms. Her philosophy of teaching and learning espouses faculty as a facilitator of learning and emphasizes the role and responsibility of the learner as an equal partner in the learning experience. Dr. Taylor’s clinical nursing interest focuses on childhood unintentional injury prevention and the implications for health promotion among children and caregivers.
Dr. Taylor's professional nursing expertise and practice specialty is emergency/trauma nursing. Dr. Taylor has worked in multiple emergency departments across the St. Louis metropolitan area including Level 1 Trauma Centers and community hospital emergency departments. She has emergency nursing practice experience with multiple populations including pediatric emergency nursing care and enjoys the challenge of delivering expert emergency nursing care to a divergent patient population.
Registered Nurse – Missouri and Illinois Licensure
Emergency Nurses Association
Missouri Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Nu Chi Chapter
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Dr. Taylor's primary area of research interest is with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the development, assessment, implementation, and evaluation of evidence based educational methodologies across all learning platforms. Her educational research projects to date include of a web-based academic alert system to identify students at-risk of attrition, a multi-phase nursing standardized testing plan emphasizing improvement of NCLEX-RN pass rates, and a faculty development project implementing integrated team teaching across multiple courses to promote learning and integration of professional nursing concepts. Dr. Taylor’s clinical nursing research interest is childhood unintentional injury prevention. Her dissertation research assessed the impact of multiple children on parental supervision practices, parental developmental competence, and unintentional injury risk among families with pre-school age children. The study outcomes are intended to inform health promotion and injury prevention by providing evidence for professional nurses and other members of the healthcare team to deliver tailored anticipatory guidance.
Dr. Taylor has interest and experience teaching multiple courses across both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. Her expertise in student retention uniquely qualifies Dr. Taylor to facilitate introductory courses early within the program of study to incorporate learning experiences aimed at ensuring students have the tools for success. She also has coordinated the capstone undergraduate nursing course with an emphasis on promoting professionalism within nursing and preparation for professional nursing practice. She has additional teaching experience at the undergraduate level with health assessment, nursing research and evidence based practice, emergency/trauma nursing, and advanced cardiac dysrhythmias. Her graduate teaching experience within a Master of Science Nursing Educator program was focused on instructional strategies in nursing education.
Taylor, J. & Mercier, D. (2013). "Nursing Diagnosis: Tech-Phobia: Utilizing Hybrid Course Delivery to Overcome Technology Anxiety in a RN to BSN Program" poster presentation at 2013 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, November 2013, New Orleans, LA.
Mercier, D. & Taylor, J. (2013). "Stirring Alphabet Soup: Integrating ACA, IOM and QSEN in a Concept-Based RN-BSN Curriculum" podium presentation at 2013 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, November 2013, New Orleans, LA.
Taylor, J. (2013). “My Journey as an Emerging Nursing Education Leader - One Scholars Journey through the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy” poster presentation at 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, November 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Lewis, C. & Taylor, J. (2013). “Creating Unique Student Paths to NCLEX-RN Success: Improving NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Utilizing Individualized Learning Plans” podium presentation at 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention, November 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Taylor, J. & Williams, B. (2013). “Keep Calm and Try Again: The Evolution of a Library Research Assignment” podium presentation at 2013 Missouri Library Association Annual Conference, October 2013, St. Louis, MO.
Taylor, J. (2013). “Team Teaching as a Model for Improving Student Classroom Engagement, Clinical Decision Making, and NCLEX Readiness” poster presentation at 2013 St. Louis Sigma Theta Tau International Consortium, October 2013, St. Louis, Missouri.
Lewis, C. & Taylor, J. (2011). “Improving NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Utilizing Individualized Learning Plans to Enhance Remediation for Students Achieving Below Benchmark on RN Comprehensive Predictor Exam” poster presentation at ATI Nursing Education Conference, April 2011, Orlando, Florida.
Allen, K. R. & Taylor, J. (2008). “Ready for NCLEX? A Student Services Initiative for Standardized Testing and Remediation For Baccalaureate Nursing Students” podium presentation at the ACPA Assessment Conference, June 2008, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Taylor, J. (2007). “Early Alert: An early intervention to improve retention and student success” podium presentation at 2007 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference, December 2007, New Orleans, Louisiana.