President Jane Kirschling's Bio
Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
An alumnus of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, Dr. Jane Kirschling is Dean and Professor of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Previously she held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Kentucky (Dean and Professor, College of Nursing), University of Southern Maine (Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions), University of Rochester (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, School of Nursing), and Oregon Health & Science University (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor). She received her BSN from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin and her MSN and DNS from Indiana University School of Nursing.
Dr. Kirschling’s clinical expertise is in mental health nursing with a focus on end-of-life care. Earlier in her career her scholarship focused on family caregivers for persons with a terminal illness and grief following the loss of a family member. For over a decade Dr. Kirschling’s scholarship has focused on workforce development with a special emphasis on rural states. She founded the Kentucky Nursing Capacity Consortium and co-convenes Kentucky’s Action Coalition, which is working to implement the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 recommendations on the Future of Nursing.
At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Kirschling serves on the Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research and Practice Board of Directors. Along with AACN past President Dr. Kathleen Long from the University of Florida, she represented AACN on the Expert Panel that developed the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. In addition to serving on the AACN Board of Directors since 2003, Dr. Kirschling has been active in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, serving as President of the Board of Directors in 2002 and 2003. She also has been an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International – The Honor Society of Nursing. Most recently she co-chaired the International Advisory Council of Chief Nursing Officers and Deans (2007-2009).