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School of Nursing

Jennie  Pierce

Jennie  Pierce

Title: Clinical Instructor
Department: Nursing
Building: BRB 2135
Phone: 903.565.5710


  • BS in Nursing
  • MSN-CNS Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Certificate in Nursing Education


Courses Taught
Health Assessment, Health Assessment RN to BSN (web based), Competencies in Nursing, Pathophysiology, and Concepts in Theories, Community Health Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

Ms. Pierce has lectured in the following courses in the Nursing program: Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, Nursing Competencies, Community Health Nursing, Nursing Concepts & Theories, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. 

She has supervised clinical rotations with the College of Nursing through the Skills Lab in: Nursing Competencies, Health Assessment Lab, Community Health and Psychiatric Mental Health.

She has supervised the same clinical rotations in various health care settings such as: Trinity Mother Francis Hospital Ornelas Telemetry Unit, East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare Center, Andrews Center, Sky View Prison, Rusk State Hospital, Breckenridge Village, Hospice of East Texas, and People Attempting to Help [PATH], East Texas Food Bank, Legacy Hospice, At home Health Care, Salvation Army, and Bethesda Clinic as well as UTH-NE and utilized the Suicide Prevention lectures delivered by the counseling staff on the university campus.

Research Interests
Cancer Survivorship and Dementia; Cardiovascular Product Line - CV Surgery Patient Population

Professional Affiliations and Seminars
Various consultations to hospitals and intuitions’; guest lecturer at Penn State Cardiovascular Center’s Grand Rounds AND Lancaster general Hospital, Lancaster, PA.

Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society; Leadership Committee STTI (2014).

School of Nursing (Undergraduate Committee; College Curriculum Committee; Student Affairs Committee; Preceptor Committee, and Academic Admissions and Progression Committee.

Teaching Philosophy
Learning is a shared effort between the teacher as facilitator and the student as the apprentice. The pursuit of knowledge is a lifelong process where the teacher becomes the learner.  The role of educator can be reciprocal where the learner becomes the teacher. We all have something valuable to learn from each other. Teaching is a very fulfilling role for me. I enjoy the student’s reaction when they finally understand the concept and become more enthusiastic and passionate about their learning. I enjoy working with those students who have a difficult time grasping concepts because when they do experience that “Ah Ha” moment it is a priceless reward for all the hard work from both sides of the desk. Working with small groups and a relatively small faculty allows me the opportunity to get to know people on a personal basis better.  We are fortunate to practice our profession in a relatively safe and trusting environment which makes it much easier for our students to express their opinions, concerns and beliefs more openly. This is particularly important to me to be able to establish and support my students in building an attitude of empathy, compassion and caring in tomorrow’s future nurses. Teaching others how to perform in a professional capacity is unique. The students learn to build rapport with their patients and families through role modeling so the nursing instructor leaves a legacy to professional nursing by passing on this particular unquantifiable character of the role of the professional nurse.

Another important component of my role as a nursing educator is the Instructional design of purposeful activities.  It is interesting and enjoyable to create methods of learning that touch the minds of the learners with a basic understanding of principles and conceptual frameworks of the nursing role. The continual progressive stream of changing technology moves the paradigm of professional education forward. The fast pace of living that has erupted during the 20th century brings with it the opportunity to be creative in developing modes of instruction that encourage active participation in the classroom and the clinical areas. The need to think critically is both a part of our personal as well as our professional lives now and has to be cradled and nurtured which makes my role as a nurse educator exciting.

It is imperative that I stay abreast of current nursing practice through professional conferences to continue my own professional development because nursing is a practice-based profession. Therefore I not only attend conferences relative to my practice specialty but I enroll in classes and am a member of several nursing societies that help me acquire new thoughts and ideas related to my practice as a professional nurse and educator.