University of Southern Indiana

Gina Schaar

Gina Schaar, DNP, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing Program

Health Professions Center - 2099

About Me

I have been a nursing faculty at USI since 1989.  My passion is teaching and caring for women, new mothers, babies, and children.  My practice background includes ambulatory obstetrics/women's health, pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, and newborn intensive care.  I teach primarily in the undergraduate nursing program but also serve as a faculty mentor in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. 

For more detailed information please see my CV 


Education and Certifications

2011: Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

1988:  Master of Science in Nursing, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN

1985: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN



NURS 456: Nursing Care of Women and Families

NURS 364: Nursing Care of Children and Families

NURS 498: Internship in Professional Nursing

Capstone Mentor



Maternal child nursing

Interprofessional education

Faculty and Adjunct Faculty orientation




Recent Publications & Grants


Embree, J., Swenty, C.,Schaar, G. L. (in-press).  A balanced scorecard with strategy map: Measuring the value of a nursing sabbatical.  Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30(4).            

Beckham, R., Schaar, G. L., & Rediford, K. (in-press; March/April 2015).  The computer will not give me the information I need: A quality method to intervene.  MEDSURG Nursing

Schaar, G. L., Titzer, J. L., & Beckham, R. (in-press).  Onboarding new adjunct clinical nursing faculty using a QSEN based orientation model. Journal of Nursing Education.

McCutcheon, T., Schaar, G. L., Parker, K. (in-press, 2015 April/June). Concept analysis: Health-promoting behaviors related to human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.  Nursing Forum50(2).

Schaar, G. L., Mustata Wilson, G. (2015).  Evaluating senior baccalaureate nursing students’ documentation accuracy through an interprofessional activity.  Nurse Educator, 40(1), 7-9.

Poore, J. A., Cullen, D. L, Schaar, G. L.. (2014). Simulation based interprofessional education guided by Kolb-s Experiential Learning Theory. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(5), e241-247.

Schaar, G. L., & Hall, M. (2013). A nurse-led initiative to improve obstetricians’ screening for postpartum depression.  Nursing for Women’s Health,308-316.

**This was the feature CNE (continuing nursing education) article

Schaar, G. L. (2013).  Kawasaki Disease: Maintain your suspicion.  The Journal for Nurse Practitioners,9(7), 471-473.

Schaar, G. L, Ostendorf, M. J., & Kinner, T. J. (2013).  Simulation: Linking quality and safety education for nurses competencies to the observer role.  Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(9), e401-e404.

Rock, M. J., Schaar, G. L., & Swenty, C. L. (2013).  Nurse attorney’s role: Linking legal concepts to an obstetrical simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(4), e135-e138. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2012.03.001

Schaar, G. L. (2012). Nurses facilitate change in medical practice: Unmasking postpartum depression. [Abstract]. Papers and Posters Presented at the AWHONN Annual Convention: A Capital Learning Opportunity.  Supplement to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. Hoboken, N. J: Wiley-Blackwell.  ISSN 0884-2175

Schaar, G. L., Swenty, C. L., Phillips, L. A., Embree, J. L., McCool, I. A., & Shirey, (2012). Nursing sabbatical in the acute care hospital setting: A cost benefit analysis.  The Journal of Nursing Administration42(6), 340-344. Doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318257390f

Schaar, G. (2011). “Is your mom depressed or did you ask?”  Journal for Nurse Practitioners 7(10). Doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2011.08.001.

Swenty, C. L., Schaar, G. L., Phillips, L. A., Embree, J. L., McCool, I. A., & Shirey, M. R.  (2011).  A nursing sabbatical in the acute care setting: What is the evidence?"  Nursing Forum, 46(3). 

Shirey, M. R., Hauck, S. L., Embree, J. L., Kinner, T. J., Schaar, G. L., Phillips, L. A., Ashby, S. R., Swenty, C. L., & McCool, I. A.  (2011). Showcasing differences between quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 42(2) 57-68. Doi: 10.3928/00220124-20100701-01, With accompanying continuing education offering.  **This article was selected as the recipient of the first annual JCEN Innovation Award recognizing “excellence in writing and evidence of the expansion and/or dissemination of knowledge in the field of nursing continuing education and professional development.” 



2014:  College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Development Award. Funded for $5,000. Evaluating the Educational Needs of Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Clinical Teaching Partners, and Clinical Teaching Associates to Create a Strategic Professional Development Program. Dr. Jennifer Titzer, Dr. Marilyn Ostendorf, Dr. Gina Schaar, Dr. Connie Swenty

2014:  Omicron Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.  Clinical Adjunct, Clinical Teaching Partner, and Internship Preceptor Evaluation.  Funded for $700. Dr. Jennifer Titzer, Susan Seibert, Dr. Gina Schaar, Dr. Marilyn Ostendorf, Dr. Connie Swenty.



Professional Organizations

Association of Women's Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing

Chapter Coordinator of Evansville area

Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Psi Chapter





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