Nursing professors educate and a train a wide range of students, including those studying for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as post-graduate certifications. Most of the professors on the list occupy leadership positions at their institutions or with research, trade or editorial organizations. Included in this list are researchers breaking scientific ground related to administering the HPV vaccine, using technology for medical treatment, and developing virtual simulations for use in education.
The professors on this list have knowledge and expertise in areas ranging from nursing science to policy across several specializations. All of them use Twitter actively.
Dr. Abbott is an associate professor and director of the Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include data analytics and visualization as well as mHealth (mobile health) and e-Health (healthcare supported by electronic communication). Her current focus is on how mHealth and e-Health can be used to provide healthcare where resources are limited. Abbott is a member of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance board of directors.
Dr. Anderson is an associate professor with an interest in dementia care and its impact on caregivers at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is vice president of the nonprofit Healing Beyond Borders, which trains and certifies people throughout the world in Healing Touch, a program focused on improving health through personal biofield energy and physical interaction. He also writes the International Family Nursing Association blog.
Dr. Bechtel is a professor of nursing and coordinator of the Master of Science in Nursing program, which is a mix of in-person and online courses, at Framingham State University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing board of directors and has interests in using simulations to educate nurses. She often tweets about the intersection of technology, education, and health.
Dr. DeSimone is a clinical professor who teaches doctor of nursing classes at Widener University. She volunteers as a family and adult nurse practitioner at Community Volunteers in Medicine, a free clinic and primary care center for the uninsured in West Chester, PA. Her Twitter feed includes links to articles related to national politics and health policy, such as reproductive rights and resources for women, as well as advocacy for nurses and nurse practitioners.
Dr. Foreman is the dean of nursing and a professor at Rush University who has spent most of his research career with multidisciplinary teams. His current project involves nursing and engineering researchers developing an interface for an individual and assistive robot that communicates. His Twitter feed includes articles and posts related to national politics and healthcare policy, Rush University, and socioeconomic issues.
Dr. Howett is assistant dean for undergraduate nursing education and a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as well as a pediatric nurse practitioner and a lactation consultant. She was awarded a National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Advocacy Scholars Program scholarship in 2016. Her twitter feed includes health news articles related to politics, policy and issues, such as the opioid crisis, breastfeeding, and the environment.
Dr. Hunt is an associate professor at the College of New Rochelle who teaches nursing research, medical-surgical nursing, and transcultural nursing. Her research interests include nursing turnover, and how nurses transition from education to practice. She co-founded and co-directs the College of New Rochelle Nurse Advocacy Forum, a professional development and advocacy organization. She has written academic and children’s books and operates the blog drhuntsrndigest.com.
Dr. Jackson, a professor at Oxford Brookes University, is Director of the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Clinical Nursing. She leads two research programs with a broad objective of improving the lives of vulnerable and marginalized people. Her Twitter feed includes a variety of broad policy issues, including the spread of disease and patient-centered care.
Dr. Jeffries is dean and professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Working with the National League for Nursing, she authored the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory, which advanced the use of simulations in nursing education. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing advisory council and was previously vice provost for digital initiatives at Johns Hopkins University. She often tweets about advocating for nurses to be involved in public policy decisions as well as articles about technological and other advances in medicine.
Dr. Kane Low is an associate dean for Practice and Professional Graduate Studies, and nursing school professor, at the University of Michigan. She also teaches Perspectives in Women’s Health in the university’s Women’s Studies Department, and is a certified nurse midwife at the University of Michigan Health System, and the president of the American College of Nurse Midwives. She often tweets links to articles related to maternity care and concerns over maternal mortality rates.
Dr. Kleinpell is the director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship, as well as a professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, at Rush University. She oversees research and other projects at Rush University Medical Center, and is researching the use of teletechnologies in following up on elderly cardiac surgery patients after discharge. Her Twitter feed includes articles related to academia, research and medicine.
Dr. Letourneau holds the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health, and is Research Coordinator of RESOLVE Alberta and a professor at the University of Calgary. She is the principal investigator at Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s Child Health Intervention & Longitudinal Development (CHILD). Her Twitter activity generally consists of posting and retweeting articles about child development as well as articles about overall health policy.
As a professor at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Looman’s research interests focus on care coordination for children with special needs, including the patient’s quality of life and family goals. In her clinical faculty practice as a pediatric nurse practitioner, she works with a multidisciplinary team treating children with complex needs. She often tweets articles related to family-focused care, professional development and tips for improving medical research and writing.
Dr. Pressler is a professor in the Science of Nursing Care department, and director for the Center of Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research relates to treating patients with heart failure, and includes work linking heart failure and memory loss. Her Twitter feed features posts and articles related to cardiovascular health.
Dr. Swan is a professor of nursing and former dean at the Jefferson College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. Her research and clinical interests include care coordination and transition management and roles of RNs in ambulatory care and primary care. She often tweets about developments in healthcare policy, community engagement and interaction between nurses and patients.
Dr. Szanton is the director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing PhD program with specialities in gerontology, aging in place, and racial and socioeconomic health disparities. She developed research programs at the university studying how a person’s environment and the assistance provided them can impact patient outcomes as well as overall healthcare costs. She often tweets about national health policy, including the impact of wealth inequality on health care accessibility.
Dr. Thomas is the associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Nursing & Health Sciences and a professor at Florida International University. Her research includes how to educate patients about the HPV vaccine using their individual values and beliefs. She is a member of the HPV Vaccination Steering Committee, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her Twitter feed features posts and articles related to vaccines and childhood health.
Dr. Tiffany is a professor of nursing at Bethel University with an interest in using technology, including virtual simulations, to adapt teaching and learning strategies. She is the National League for Nursing Technology Scholar in Residence where she works on using technology to engage students. She often tweets about the intersections of technology, healthcare and education.
Dr. Waxman is director of the Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing of Practice and Master’s of Healthcare Simulation programs at the University of San Francisco. The courses she teaches include financial resource and project management and strategic leadership. She is active with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and director of the California Simulation Alliance, an organization that works to improve and promote the use of virtual simulations in training healthcare professionals.
Each of the members on this list has been chosen through research based on the following criteria: