• Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)

Clinical Focus

Transition to practice and pediatrics

Teaching Focus

RN to BSN students, teaching across the curriculum


  • School of Nursing nominations committee (2021-present)
  • School of Nursing BSN committee (2022-present)
  • Virginia Medical Reserve Corps volunteer (2020-present)


Advance Online Publications

Cox, C., & Wiersma, G. (2021). A veterans' bachelor of science in nursing initiative: Ten valuable tips. Nursing Education Perspectives. Advance online publication.

Journal Articles

Jeffries, P., Cox, C., Dawn, K., Drenkard, K., Slaven-Lee, P., Tanner, J., & Wiersma, G. (2021). Obtaining clinical hours for students during the pandemic: Creative solutions. Virginia Nurses Today, 29(1), 1-21.

Wiersma, G., Cox, C. W., McNelis, A. M., Schumann, M. J., & Maring, J. (2021). Faculty perceptions in facilitating success for accelerated BSN student veterans. Nursing Education Perspectives, 42(3), 165-167. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000673

Wiersma, G., & Hagler, D. (2021). Supporting clinical adjunct faculty to develop educator competencies. Nurse Educator, 46(5), 305. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000984

Cox, C., Wiersma, G., McNelis, A.M., & Beebe, S. (2021). Facilitators and challenges to military undergraduate nursing student success. Journal of Professional Nursing, 37(6), 1057-1062. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.08.002

Cox, C. W., Wiersma, G. M., & McNelis, A. M. (2020). Military nursing: A primer for new recruits. Nursing, 50(11), 56-59. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NURSE.0000719216.45758.c8

Wiersma, G., Pintz, C., & Wyche K. F. (2020). Transition to practice experiences of new graduate nurses from an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program: Implications for academic clinical partners. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 51(9), 433-440. https://doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20200812-09