Jacqueline Wuellner

Dr. Jan Martin

Assistant Professor

"It's OK to recognize and acknowledge that we make mistakes, and then to learn and move forward from them in our efforts toward more effective and safer practices."

Degrees held:

  • DNP – Oregon Health & Science University, 2015
  • MSN – University of New Mexico, 2009
  • BSN – Alfred University, 1979
  • BA – Alfred University, 1979
  • AAS – Nassau Community College, 1976

Career Highlights:

  • Nursing experience in physical rehabilitation, home care, hospice, and behavioral health. Management and leadership experience in long term care, managed care, and population health. Academic teaching experience in pre-licensure, RNBSN, MSN in Nursing Administration, and DNP programs.
  • Current certifications held in Case Management and as Professional, Academy of Healthcare Management.

In which online degree program do you teach?

RN to BSN.

Which classes do you teach online?

NURS 410 Foundations of Leading Change and Advancing Health.

What do you want students to take away from your classes? What do you want them to learn?

Professional nursing practice is a reflective practice with the patient at its center. It's OK to recognize and acknowledge that we make mistakes, and then to learn and move forward from them in our efforts toward more effective and safer practices.

Why did you start teaching?

Teaching has always been part of my career path, whether as a preceptor, or mentor to staff, and since 2009, in the form of academic teaching. Healthcare system reform has been a major focus of my practice- Passing on lessons learned, listening to the voices of those currently on the front lines of patient care are all related.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

My first nursing director: My door is always open, but...never come to me with just a problem, always bring your thoughts about how we might improve it.

Why are you interested in nursing? What drew you to this field?

Professionally, to be in a service profession (women weren't allowed to be firefighters then). Personally, to have a career where I could have financial independence and geographic mobility.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?

Qualities can be defined broadly as success can be defined in different ways:

  • caring
  • personal courage
  • accountability
  • reflective practice
  • flexibility
  • passion
  • desire to serve
  • common sense
  • commitment to lifelong learning (academic and otherwise)

What do you think is the biggest challenge that nurses face today?

Exhaustion: we are facing possibly the largest, most complex period of healthcare change in the past century, certainly my lifetime.

Failure and Indifference: if we don't meet the healthcare challenges before us to improve patient safety and equitable access to quality care.

External challenges: improving patient safety, developing systems of care that decrease barriers and decrease per capita costs of care.

What is the value of a BSN?

The BSN degree provides many opportunities for acquisition of additional knowledge, skill, and experience toward an evidence-based nursing practice. Having this foundational knowledge also prepares nurses to be more active contributors in our charge to improve how we provide care.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

Through the 1980s and early 1990's I had a private practice in Therapeutic Touch and massage and thought I would leave nursing. Nursing kept drawing me back.

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