MSN, University of Texas at Austin
BSN, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Jessica Everritt Gay, MSN, RNC, is an undergraduate clinical instructor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Gay, who joined the faculty in 2012, teaches both clinical and classroom courses, including NURS475: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum (Maternity), NURS339: Health & Illness - Nursing Across the Lifespan Practicum (Medical-Surgical), and NURS477: Capstone Professional Practicum, NURS332: Health and Illness I: Foundations of Nursing. In recent years, Gay has served as conference faculty and consultant on the topic of concept-based nursing curricula for undergraduate schools of nursing.
Additionally, Gay practices as a staff RN in the Mother-Baby Unit at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam, Kan.
Currently, Gay is working on a research project with faculty colleagues Christina Phillips, Clinical Associate Professor and Jill Peltzer to study concept cards as a teaching strategy in maternity clinical education.
Gay's prior work includes more than 14 years as a staff nurse in Labor & Delivery, Newborn Nursery, Postpartum, and Medical-Surgical units at hospitals in Louisiana, Arizona, and Texas. In 2006, Gay and a colleague initiated a Perinatal Bereavement program and nurse training course at St David's North Austin Medical Center. The program now serves more than 120 bereaved families each year, trains over 80 nurses per year, and works in partnership with six other Perinatal Bereavement programs across the Austin area. Gay also served as a Clinical Teaching Assistant and Capstone preceptor for the University of Texas at Austin.
In her first year teaching at the KU School of Nursing, Gay was selected by the Class of 2013 to receive the Jayhawker RN award, which annually recognizes outstanding nursing instructors. She was selected again for the award by the Class of 2014.
Gay serves as a faculty advisor for the KU Chapter of National Student Nurses Association (KU SNA).
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP)
S.T.A.B.L.E. Program for Newborns, Provider
Coordinator, RTS Perinatal Bereavement Services
Certified Registered Nurse - Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN)
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter University of Louisiana at Monrole Alumni Association
University of Louisiana at Monroe Alumni Association
KU Continuing Nursing Education Committeee
KU School of Nursing Health and Illness Faculty Work Group
Practice Specialty Areas
Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn nursing
Jean Johnson Award for Nursing Research, 2014-15 for "Concept Cards: An Innovative Teaching Strategy for Maternity Practicum" with Christina Phillips, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, KU School of Nursing.
Gay, J. & Parker, B. , Chapter 25, The pregnant woman, in Nursing health assessment: A best practice approach, 2nd edition, by Jensen, S. (In Press) Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
Poster Presentation, 18th Annual Midwest Regional Nurse Educators Conference: Innovations, Quality and Safety in Nursing Education and Practice. "Concept Cards: An Innovative Teaching Strategy for Maternity Practicum." University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, November 2014. with Christina Phillips, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, KU School of Nursing
Conference Faculty, Promoting Student Learning Through a Concept-Based Curriculum, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, April 2014, with Christina Phillips, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, KU School of Nursing.
Presenter, KUMC Exemplar Courses: "Active Learning Classroom B018: Classroom Culture and Norms for the Class of 2015." University of Kansas Medical Center - Kansas City, KS, December 2013.
Conference Faculty, National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development Preconference II: Fostering Concept-Based Learning - Getting Started: "Panel: Challenges in Design and Implementation." Kansas City, KS, October 2013.
Guest Lecturer, Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program for New Graduate Nurse Interns: "Understanding Perinatal Loss: A Lifelong Parenting Experience". North Austin Medical Center - NICU, Austin, TX, December 2010,
Jessica Everritt Gay, MSN, RNC