University of Southern Indiana

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans, DNP, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing Program

Interim Associate Dean, College of Nursing
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Health Professions Center - 2094

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment


Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Southern Indiana.  Her innovative leadership has been evident within the undergraduate nursing program through the development and implementation of interprofessional educational activities. Dr. Evans has worked with the NEPQR Grant team as an interprofessional clinical coach.  She and a team of other CNHP faculty have developed a workshop to help other health professional faculty facilitate interprofessional education in the clinical settings.  She works with the Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center taskforce team on developing interprofessional education resources.  Dr. Evans is an alum of USI's undergraduate (2000), graduate (2010) and doctoral (2013) nursing programs.  Dr. Evan's doctoral capstone project, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Nurse Manager Succession Plan in an Acute Care Hospital Setting, was selected for the 2013-2014 AACN’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award.  She continues to work with healthcare organizations and other nurse scholars in the development of succession planning programs.  Dr. Evans was also selected as a 2014-2015 Sigma Theta Tau Nurse Faculty Leadership Scholar.  Dr. Evans' work on interprofessional education and succession planning has been published in multiple peer review journals and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Dr. Evans' current research focuses on student resiliency and grit as it relates to academic success.


Education and Certifications:


2013                University of Southern Indiana – Doctor of Nursing Practice

2010                University of Southern Indiana - MSN in Nursing Education

2009                University of Southern Indiana – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude)

2000                University of Southern Indiana -   Bachelor of Science in Health Services (Magna Cum Laude)

2000                University of Southern Indiana - Associate of Science in Nursing

1992                University of Southern Indiana -   Associate of Science in Radiology Technology


Professional Certifications/License

2000 -Present               Registered Nurse, Indiana State Board of Health

2021 - Present              Certified Nurse Coach 



NURS 358 Care of the Adult I

NURS 368 Care of the Adult II

BSN Clinical Faculty 

NURS 855 DNP Synthesis

DNP Faculty Mentor for project courses 



Research Interest: 

Nursing Student Resiliency and Grit

Succession Planning

Interprofessional Education  

Recent Publications

Hand, M., Evans, J., Swenty, C., White, A. & Chen, C (2021) An Examination of Factors Associated with Student Resiliency. Nurse Educator. IN PRESS

 Hall, M. & Evans, J. (2021). Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Early Diagnosis for Proactive Management. Clinical Advisor. July/August

 Seibert, S. & Evans, J. (2021). Engaging Students as EBP Ambassadors in a Rural Hospital. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, (21)2. IN PRESS

 Sullivan, C., Butler, R, & Evans, J. (2021). Impact of a Breast Cancer Screening Algorithm on Early Detection. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners IN PRESS

 Filmore, K.; Titzer Evans, J.; & Worman, D. (2020). Preceptor Preparation to Improve Onboarding and Orientation. Collaborative Case Management (75), 2-8.

 Butler, R.; Schaar, G.; Swenty, C.; Evans, J.; Kinner, T.; Delp, J.; Arvin, M.K.; Chen, C. (2020). TeamSTEPPS® based interprofessional immersion in primary care: Improving student attitudes about teamwork and collaboration. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (18)

 Butler, R.; Schaar, G.; Swenty, C.; Evans, J.; Kinner, T.; Delp, J.; Arvin, M.K.; Chen, C. (2020). TeamSTEPPS® based interprofessional immersion in primary care: Improving student attitudes about teamwork and collaboration. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice (18)

Titzer, Evans, J.L., Rock, M, & Delp, J. (2019). Interprofessional Coaches: Preparing Faculty to Facilitate Interprofessional Education. Nurse Educator

Phillips, T., Titzer Evans, J.L., Tooley, S. & Shirey, M.R. (2017). Nurse manager succession planning: A cost-benefit analysis. Journal of Nursing Management. In Press

Titzer Evans, J.L. (2016). Three first steps for effective succession planning. American Nurse Today, 11 (9).        

 Phillips, T., Titzer Evans, J.L. (2016). RN to BSN Transition: A Concept Analysis. Journal for Nursing in Professional Development. In Press.

 McKinney, P. & Titzer Evans, J. L. (2016). Understanding and Improving Nurse Manager Competency. Nursing Management. 47 (10). p 46-40.

Titzer, J.L., Swenty, C.F., & Mustata Wilson, G. (2015). Interprofessional education: Lessons learned from conducting an electronic health record assignment.  Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1021000

Schaar, G.L., Titzer, J. L., & Beckham, R. (2015).  Onboarding new adjunct clinical nursing faculty using a QSEN based orientation model. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(2),111-115.

Swenty, C.F. & Titzer, J.L. (2014). A Sense of Urgency: Integrating Technology and Informatics in Advance Practice Nursing Education.  The Journal of Nurse Practitioners. In Press

Titzer, J.L. & Swenty, C.F (2014). Integrating an Academic Electronic Health Record in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program: Creating a Sense of Urgency and Sustaining Change. Nurse Educator, 39, 5

Titzer, J.L. & Shirey, M.R. (2014). A Nurse Manager Succession Planning Model with Associated Empirical Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration.

Titzer, J.L., Phillips, T., Tooley, S., Hall, N., & Shirey, M.R. (2013) Nurse Manager Succession Planning: Synthesis of the Evidence. Journal of Nursing Management.  21.

Titzer, J.L. & Shirey, M.R. (2013). Nurse Manager Succession Planning: A Concept Analysis.  Nursing Forum.        

Titzer, J.L., Swenty, C., &  Hoehn, W.G. (2011). An Interprofessional Simulation Promoting Collaboration and Problem Solving among Nursing and Allied Health Professional Students.  Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 

Hall, M.A., Fairchild, C.A., McBride, J.A., Titzer, J.L., Wilson, A.L., & Hiam, J.P. (2010).  Imaging Utilization: An interdisciplinary workshop for nurse practitioner students.  Nurse Educator, 35(6). pg. 234-236.

Book (Chapters)

Titzer, J.L. & Shirey, M.R. (2012). Sustaining Success. In M. Bahouth and K. Blum (Eds.), Transition into Hospital Based Practice: A Guide for Nurse Practitioners and Administrators. (pp.263-276). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC

Professional Organizations

2012 -Present American Nurses Association

2008 -Present: Sigma Theta Tau/Omicron Psi Chapter

2012 -Present  Indiana State Nurses Association

2009- Present:  USI Alumni Association

   2014 - 2015: President
   2013 - 2014: Vice-President
   2012 - 2013: Secretary
   2009 - 2012: Council Member

2009-2014: USI Nursing Alumni Association – President

2008 -2011: Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) Standards Committee Co-Chair

2000 -Present: Pinnacle Adult Honor Society

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