Janet D. Pierce, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN, FAAN

Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor
Ph.D., University of Alabama, Birmingham
MS, University of Alabama, Birmingham
BSN, University of Oklahoma
Post Doctoral Training, Medical College of Virginia


Janet D. Pierce, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN, FAAN, is the Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor of Nursing and a nurse scientist interested in cardio-pulmonary measures to address illness management related to hemorrhagic shock. Upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pierce performed her postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va., under the direction of Dr. Andrew Wechsler. Pierce also served 25 years in the United States Naval Reserves until her retirement as Captain in 2012. In addition to her faculty position in the School of Nursing, Pierce also serves as adjunct professor in the KU Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology.

Currently investigating biomarkers for oxidative stress following hemorrhagic shock, Pierce hopes that her research will assist in improving treatments related to this condition. This year work focuses on the effects of intravenous coenzyme Q10 as it relates to the production of superoxide and hydrogen peroxide in a hemorrhagic shock model. These experiments will help determine if this treatment will reduce lung and diaphragm apoptosis and mitochondrial damage. In addition, her team is completing studies on extracellular, intracellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production in white blood cells using various dyes and monoclonal antibodies.

Among her many academic awards, Pierce was elected outstanding undergraduate nursing instructor by School of Nursing students for two consecutive years and was presented the University of Kansas Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Classroom Teacher. She also received the Kemper Teaching Fellowship Award and the Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award from the University of Kansas. Additionally, Pierce recently received the Honorary Nursing Alumni Award from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Select Publications:

  • Shen, Q., Knowles, E., Hiebert, J., & Pierce, J. (2012). Mitochondrial Health - Essential Information for Nurses. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2(2), 162-170, ISSN 1925-4040 (Print) ISSN 1925-4059 (Online).
  • Hiebert, J. B., Shen, Q., & Pierce, J. D. (2012). Application of coenzyme Q10 in clinical practice. The Internet Journal of Internal Medicine, 9 (2), DOI: 10.5580/2b24
  • Pierce, J., Knight, A., Slusser, J., Gajewski, B., Pierce, T., & Clancy, R. (2011). Effects of fluid resuscitation and dopamine on diaphragm performance and free radicals following hemorrhagic shock in a rat model. Military Medicine, 176(3):336-42.
  • Walsh, C., Thimmesch, A., & Pierce, J. (2011). Oxygen bars: The new recreational use of oxygen. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 8(14), 1-13. DOI: 10.2202/1553-3840.1424.
  • Schallom, L., Thimmesch, A., & Pierce, J. (2011). Systems biology in critical-care nursing. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 30(1), 1-7.
  • Mach, B., Knight, A., Pierce, T., & Pierce, J. (2011). Consequences of hyperoxia and the toxicity of oxygen in the lung. Nursing Research and Practice, Article ID 260482, 7 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/260482.
  • Knight, A., Fry, L., Clancy, R., & Pierce, J. (2011). Understanding the effects of oxygen administration in hemorrhagic shock. Nursing in Critical Care, 16(1), 28-34.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Aaronson, L.S., Teel, C., Cassmeyer, V., Neuberger, G., Pallikkathayil, L., Pierce, J., Press, A.N., Williams, P., & Wingate, A. (1999). Defining and measuring fatigue. IMAGE: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 31, 45-51
  • Smith-Blair, N., Parker, D., Clancy, R., Pierce, J., (1999). Pressure regulated volume control. Australian Journal of Critical Care,12(2), 60-64 
Last modified: Jan 08, 2015


Janet D. Pierce, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN, FAAN
Christine A. Hartley Centennial Professor

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