Nelda S Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Professor
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Missouri
MS, Nursing, University of Kansas
BSN, University of Missouri in Columbia


  • Associate Dean and Faculty since 2008
  • Theory development and research in the area of professional identity formation
  • Expertise in philosophic inquiry, professional ethics, and virtue ethics

Academic Program Affiliations

  • BSN
  • RN-BSN
  • Shared BSN Curriculum
  • Master of Science
  • Graduate Appointment

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NURS 328 Professional Development I:  Introduction to the Profession
  • NRSG 898 Research Project

Select Publications

  • Godfrey, N. (2014). Creating a professional identity.  Webinar, WKHealth-Lippincott, October 2014.
  • Crigger, N. & Godfrey, N. (2014). From the inside out: A new approach to teaching professional identity formation and professional ethics.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 30, 376-382. PMID: 25223285
  • Kumm, S., Godfrey, N., Martin, D., Tucci, M., Muenks, M. & Spaeth, T. (2014). Baccalaureate outcomes met by associate degree programs.  Nurse Educator, 39 (5), 216-220. PMID: 24978014
  • Crigger, N. & Godfrey, N. (2014). Professional wrongdoing: Reconciliation and recovery.  Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(4); 40-45. 
  • Crigger, N. & Godfrey, N. (2011).  The making of nurse professionals:  A transformational, ethical approach.  Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Select Presentations

  • Godfrey, N. & Crigger, N. (2013). How one forms a professional identity: perspectives from pre-licensure student nurses and their faculty, STT International 24th Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic. Poster presentation
  • Godfrey, N.S. (2010).  The importance of being humble.  International Centre for Nursing Ethics, 11th International ICNE Congress, Turku, Finland.  Podium presentation
  • Godfrey, N. & Wilson, A. (2014). How Professional Identity is Formed:  A Qualitative Study of Student Nurse Responses Over Time. National Council of State Boards of Nursing Scientific Symposium, Arlington, VA. Poster presentation
  • Godfrey, N., Kumm, S. & Crigger, N. (2014). How one forms professional identity: Perspectives from pre-licensure student nurses and their faculty, Midwest Nursing Research Society, St. Louis, MO. Poster presentation
  • Crigger, N. & Godfrey, N. (2013). Equipping Professional Nurses for the Future: A Comprehensive Framework For Educating Professional Nurses, 40th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education, Kansas City, MO. Poster presentation


  • Godfrey, N.S., Kumm, S. & Crigger, N. (2012). Innovation and Assessment of Professionalism in Nursing Education.  Office of Grants and Research, University of Kansas School of Nursing.  $5000
  • Godfrey, N. (2012). State Implementation Grant for the Missouri Action Coalition, Robert Wood Johnson/AARP Center to Champion Nursing in America, $150,000. 
  • Godfrey, N.S. (2009-15). Clinical Faculty and Clinical Sites through the Kansas Department of Corrections, 2009-2015. $40,000 per year x 8 years. Total:  $320,000
  • Godfrey, N.S. (2008-11). Metropolitan Health Care Council, Overland Park, KS.  Presenter/facilitator for the Influencer:  The Power to Change Anything seminars funded by the Department of Labor WIRED grant. $15,000
  • Godfrey, N.S. (2005-2009). The Research Foundation, Kansas City, MO.  funding for William Jewell College Department of Nursing faculty development and educational advancement, 2005-2009 $10,000

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 2012
  • Leadership Award, Missouri Nurses Association 2011
  • Invited faculty, Harvard Macy Institute, Innovations in Health Care and Education Conference, Harvard Macy Institute, Boston, 2011, 2015
  • Alumni Achievement Award, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003
Last modified: May 13, 2015


Nelda S Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Clinical Professor

P: 913-588-1654