Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Thomas A. Saunders III Family Endowed Professor of Nursing
Driven by a mission for academic and nursing excellence, Janie Heath PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, has over three decades of outstanding contributions to advance nursing leadership and public health through sustained work with tobacco control (research, education, advocacy, practice) in acute and critical care nursing practice.
As the new chief academic officer for the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing, she is a noted pioneer leader and mentor for two acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) programs (University of South Carolina and Georgetown University) and as an elected board of director (2003-2005) for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, she has created initiatives that impacted over 90,000 AACN members and affiliates world-wide.
Prior to coming to UVA she was the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) College of Nursing where she was the E. Louise Grant Endowed Chair of Nursing. During her tenure at GHSU, she influenced the development of quality and sustainable academic programs through traditional and innovative designs using integrative and interactive approaches to reach distance learners throughout the state of Georgia and beyond.
As a nurse scientist, she develops and tests new interventions to improve tobacco cessation outcomes and optimize the effectiveness of evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions among healthcare providers. Her research includes implementing the first Summer Institute for Tobacco Control for Nurse Educators where over 8,000 students, faculty and healthcare professionals have received training, serving as Co-I on NIH R01-funded randomized controlled trial to impact tobacco control in African American families, PI of a RCT among pregnant smokers, and Co-PI of a descriptive study of pharmacogenetics among tobacco dependent employees.
With well over 100 manuscripts, presentations and state/national media interviews, she has maintained her passion for integrating research, practice and service with nursing education. However, perhaps the most important contribution of Dr. Heath is the creation of a national coalition of nursing faculty committed to tobacco control initiatives through Research, Education, Advocacy and Practice (REAP). As a replicable model of nurse managed tobacco control, the REAP framework now impacts thousands of patients, students, and employees at academic medical centers in Washington DC, Georgia and Arkansas.
Dr. Heath received her Associate degree in nursing and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, her Master of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma, her post-masters certificate as an adult and acute care nurse practitioner from the University of South Carolina, and her Ph.D. in nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Bourgault, A.M., Heath, E.J., Hooper, V., Sole, M.L., Walker, J.L., & NeSmith, E.G. (2014). Factors influencing critical care nurses' adoption of the AACN practice: Alert on verificationof feeding tube placement. American Journal of Critical Care, 23(2), e134-144.
Tingen, M., Andrews, J., Heath, J., Waller, J., & Treiber, F. (2013). Comparison of enrollment rates of African American families into a school-based tobacco prevention trial using two recruitment strategies in urban and rural settings. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(4), e91-100.
Amole, J., Heath, J., Joshua, T.V. & McLear, B. (2012). Online tobacco cessation education to optimize standards of practice for psychiatric mental health nurses. Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(1), 71-79. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2011.10.006
Andrews, J.O., Newman, S.D., Heath, J., Williams, L.B., & Tingen, M.S. (2012). Community-based participatory research and smoking cessation interventions: A review of the evidence. Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(1), 81-96. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2011.10.013
Heath, J., Inglett, S., Young, S., Joshua, T.V., Sakievitz, N., Hawkins, J., ... Tingen, M.S. (2012). The impact of the Georgia Health Sciences University nursing faculty practice on tobacco cessation rates. Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(1), 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2011.10.005
Medeiros, R.S., NeSmith, E.G., Heath, J., Hawkins, M.L., Hawkins, D., & Bias, R. (2011). Mid-level health providers' impact on ICU length of stay, patient satisfaction, mortality and resource utilization. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 18(3), 149-152.
Wewers, M.E., Bailey, W.C., Carlsen, K., Eisner, M.D., Folan, P., Heath, J., Klinnert, M.D., Kovesi, T., Pien, G.W., Reichart, V.C., Talwar, A., & Thompson, K. (2010). An official American Thoracic Society workshop report: Tobacco control initiatives with the American Thoracic Society. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, 7(10), 1-7.
Heath, J., Young, S., Bennett, S., Ginn, M.B., & Cox, G (2010). Evidence-based smoking cessation interventions for acute respiratory disorders. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 27, 273-296.
Piano, M.R., Benowitz, N.L., Fitzgerald, G., Corbridge, S., Heath, J., Hahn, E., Pechacek, T., & Howard, G. (2010). Impact of smokeless tobacco products on cardiovascular disease: Implications for policy, prevention, and treatment. Circulation, 122, 1-25.
Ginn, M.B., Cox, G., & Heath, J. (2008). Evidence-based approach to an in-patient tobacco cessation protocol. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 19(3), 268-278.
Andrews, J., Heath, J., Barone, C., & Tingen, M (2008). New strategies for tobacco-dependent patients. The Nurse Practitioner, 33(11), 35-42.
Heath, J., Kelley, J., Andrews, J., Crowell, N., Corelli, R., & Hudmon, K.S. (2007). Evaluation of a tobacco cessation curricular intervention among acute care nurse practitioner faculty member. American Journal of Critical Care, 16(3), 284-289.
Bennett, S., Andrews, J., Heath, J. (2007). Breaking the ties of nicotine dependence. The Nurse Practitioner, 32(11), 36-45.
Heath, J. & Crowell, N. (2007). Factors influencing intentions to integrate tobacco education among advanced practice nursing faculty. Journal of Professional Nursing, 23(4), 189-200.
Heath, J. (Ed.), (2006). Preface: Tobacco cessation in acute and critical care nursing practice. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 18(1), xvii-xix.
Kelley, J., Heath, J., & Crowell, N. (2006). Using the Rx for change tobacco curriculum in advanced practice nursing education. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 18(1), 131-138.
Heath, J. & Andrews, J. (2006). Using Evidence-based educational strategies to increase knowledge and skills in tobacco cessation. Nursing Research, 55(4), S44-S50.
Heath, J., Hanson, D., Long, R., & Crowell, N. (2005). Critical care providers’ perceptions of the use of vasopressin in cardiac arrest. American Journal of Critical Care, 14(6), 481-492.
Heath, J., Andrews, J., & Balkstra, C. (2004). Potential reduction exposure products and FDA tobacco regulation. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 18(1), 40-48.
Heath, J., Andrew, J., Kelley, F., & Sorrell, J. (2004). Caught in the middle: Experiences of tobacco-dependent nurse practitioners. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 16(9), 396-401.
Heath, J., Johanson, W., & Blake, N. (2004). Healthy work environments: A validation of the literature. Journal of Nursing Administration, 34(11), 524-530.
Heath, J., Andrews, J., & Andres, K. (2003). Tobacco control: An update to influence policy-making decisions. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 4(1), 36-44.
Heath, J., Andrews, J., Thomas, S., Kelley, F., & Friedman, E. (2002). Tobacco dependence curricula in acute care nurse practitioner education. American Journal of Critical Care, 11(1), 27-33.
Heath, J., Braun, M., & Brindle, M. (2002). Smokers' rights to coronary artery bypass graft surgery. JONA Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation, 4(2), 32-35.
Heath, J., Andrews, J., & Garcia-Graham, J. (2001). Assessment of professional development in critical care nurses: A descriptive study. American Journal of Critical Care, 10(1), 17-22.
Garcia-Graham, J. & Heath, J. (2000). Urgent smoking cessation interventions. The American Journal of Nursing Critical Care Supplement, , 19-23.
Andrews, J., Heath, J., Harrell, L., & Forbes, M. (2000). Meeting national tobacco challenges: Recommendations for smoking cessation groups. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 12(12), 522-533.
Heath, J. (2013). Building a professional practice model for excellence in critical care nursing. In P. Morton & D. Fontaine (Eds.), Critical care nursing: A holistic approach (pp. 99-109). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Heath, J. (2009). Building a professional practice model for critical care nursing excellence. In P. Morton, D. Fontaine, C.M. Hudak, and B.M.Gallo (Ed.), Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach (pp. ). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.: Philadelphia
Heath, J. (2005). Closing the gap on evidence based practice and smoking cessation. In B. Mazurek-Melnyk & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), Evidenced based practice in nursing and health: A guide to best practice CD-ROM (pp. ). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.: Philadelphia