Dr. Jana Pressler has been the Assistant Dean and Professor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Lincoln Division since August, 2013. Dr. Pressler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in nursing from Bradley University in 1975, a Master of Arts degree in nursing from the University of Iowa in 1977, and a PhD in nursing from Case Western Reserve University in 1986. From 1986 to 1988, she completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester focused on observational research methods and measures for studying hospitalized preterm infants. Her research experience includes studying the growth and behavior of macrosomic newborns, newborns of insulin-dependent mothers, description and classification of newborn birth injuries, and assessment and care of extremely preterm infants. She has been funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research for two of those projects. Presently she is preparing to plan a major research project on similarities and differences in infant feeding practices and weight of infants during the first 24 months with 10 other UNMC researchers. She is also pursuing a series of research studies involving the development and testing of a dashboard for the crash cart for facilitating resuscitation and stabilization. Dr. Pressler developed and directed the new PhD and DNP programs at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Nursing. Prior to that, she developed and directed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist track at Vanderbilt University and directed the Honors Program in Nursing at The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she taught interdisciplinary courses on scientific breakthroughs for The Pennsylvania State University. She has experience writing and reviewing Health Resource and Services Administration training grants for nursing education practice quality and retention, advanced education in nursing, and traineeships. For nine years she wrote for the Rx for Dean’s column in the Nurse Educator journal. Presently she serves as the column editor for Research Methodology for the Neonatal and Infant Nursing Reviews journal.
Research Interest: Her research experience includes studying the growth and behaviour of macrosomic newborns, newborns of insulin-dependent mothers, description and classification of newborn birth injuries, and assessment and care of extremely preterm infants