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Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, 2003
MLE Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2001
DNS, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1984
MSN, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1982
BSN, Viterbo College, 1980


Nursing and the terminally ill; the experiences of hospice family caregivers; nursing workforce



Jane  Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN


Jane Marie Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN, came on board in August 2006 as the fourth dean of the College of Nursing. She earned her DNS from the Indiana University School of Nursing with a specialty in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Her MSN is from the Indiana University School of Nursing as well, with a specialty in community mental health nursing. She earned her BSN from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, WI.

Dr. Kirschling is former dean of the University of Southern Maine College of Nursing and Health Professions. She previously served as associate dean at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing, where she provided academic oversight for baccalaureate, master’s, post-masters and doctoral nursing programs; oversight of student affairs and office of evaluation; recruitment of academic and clinical track teaching faculty, and evaluation of assigned faculty.

As a psychiatric nurse early in her career, Dr. Kirschling published numerous academic research papers on the experience of terminal illness among patients and caregivers and the grief process, among other topics. More recently, she has focused on workforce issues.

Dr. Kirschling completed the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program in 2003, and the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MLE Management and Leadership in Education in 2001. In 2012 she was inducted as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and will serve a two-year term. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Kirschling, J. M., Colgan, C. , Andrews, B.  (2011). Predictors of registered nurses' willingness to remain in nursing. Nursing Economic$, 29 (3), 111-117.

Kirschling, J.M. (2011). Suzanne Prevost: Passionate about family, nursing and research-based practice. Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL) , 37 (4).

Kirschling, J.M. (2010). End-of-life care: Nursing leadership remains critical. Journal of Nursing Education, 49 (4), 179-180.

Prevost, S. S., Rushton, C. , Chrastek, J. , Kirschling, J. M. (2010). Palliative and end-of-life care in transformational models across nursing settings. In  (Ed.), The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (  ed., pp. 423-427). Washington, DC, The Institute of Medicine : The National Academies Press.

Kirschling, J. M. (2010). The STTI Practice-Academe Innovative Collaboration Award: Honoring innovation, partnership, and excellence. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42 (3), 286-294.

Kirschling, J. M. (2008). Faculty roles and expectations. In Penn, B. K. (Ed.), Mastering the teaching role: A guide for the nurse educator ( Section 6th ed., pp. 40). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Kirschling, J. M., Harvey-McPherson, L. , Curley, D.  (2008). Maine’s nursing workforce legislation: Lessons from a rural state. Nursing Outlook, 56 (2), 63-69.

Kirschling, J. M. (2006). Report: Maine minimum data set Maine’s nurses who renewed their licenses between September 1, 2002 and August 31, 2004. University of Southern Maine College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Kirschling, J. M., Rodgers, M.  (2006). National movement – practice focused doctoral programs in nursing, updated from the University of Southern Maine. ANA-Maine newsletter, 13.



Kirschling, J.M. (2012, June).  AACN’s Strategic Response to the IOM Report. Thought Leader Summit, Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA.

Kirschling, J.M. (2012, February).  Nursing Faculty Participation in Interprofessional Education: Implications for Teaching Productivity, Workload and Satisfaction. Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (webinar), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, , .

Kirschling, J.M., Hodges, J.M., Lamb, G. (2012, January).  Interprofessional education at the doctoral level. 2012 Doctoral Education Conference, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Naples, FL.

Burkhart, P.V., Kirschling, J.M. (2011, November).  Implementing interprofessional education for pre-licensure students. 2011 Baccalaureate Education Conference, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, St. Louis, MO.

Kirschling, J.M., Kern, D., Meyer, S. (2011, October).  Integrating interprofessional competencies into the curriculum. Faculty Webinar, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, , .

Kirschling, J.M., Edwardson, S., Haber, J. (2011, October).  Interprofessional education in nursing education. Semi-Annual Meeting, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.

Brennan, D., Kirschling, J.M., Tracy, T. (2011, October).  Deans panel: Tips, tricks and survival skills. Southern Conference Academic Consortium Academic Leadership Development, Lexington, KY.

Kirschling, J.M. (2011, September).  Doing care differently – nursing’s role. 2011 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum “Rural Innovations for a Healthy Kentucky”, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Somerset, KY.

Kirschling, J.M. (2011, September).  Kentucky nursing capacity consortium. Kentucky Nurses Association HealthCare Summit 2011, Morehead, KY.



Health Care and Other Facilities: Nursing Building Student Space Fit-Up Phase II
Project Period: September/ 1/ 2010 - December/ 31/ 2013
Total Award: $1287000.00
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration