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NExT Bios: Krista Jones

Dr. Krista Jones is Director of the UIC College of Nursing’s Urbana Regional Campus and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Nursing Science. Dr. Jones is a board certified Advanced Public Health Nurse. At UIC she has completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree (2011), a Master’s degree in Advanced Community Health Nursing (2007), a Post-Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Leadership (2009) and a Teaching Certificate in Nursing Education (2008). For the last 13 years, Dr. Jones has instructed undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enrolled in Population Focused Nursing, EBP, Professionalism, and Leadership and Management courses.


Dr. Jones is the author of numerous publications. Her research interests include the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions to reduce risky behaviors among adolescents and young adults, public health nursing workforce issues and strategies to enhance the delivery of Nursing Education. She has served as Co-I of two National Libraries of Medicine funded grants to provide face to face and online instructional sessions to educate public health nurses on the acquisition, translation and application of evidence to inform their practice. A phase three grant where Dr. Jones will serve as PI was funded May 2020. 


She is a founding member of the Illinois Public Health Nursing Leadership Academic Practice Workgroup. This team conducted a needs assessment of public health nurses and faculty across Illinois to determine priorities for partnership activities, and the challenges impacting PHN practice. These results were used to develop innovative strategies to address educational needs of new and existing PHN workforce. Additionally, these efforts have spawned three consecutive annual state-wide academic practice conferences and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant that has funded more than 20 state-wide academic practice community service projects. Dr. Jones has presented her research at the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), Sigma Theta Tau, and American Public Health Nursing Association (APHA) annual conferences.


Dr. Jones has held several leadership positions in local, regional and national nursing and public health organizations. These include current President of the Champaign County Board of Health, Section Councilor of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association, immediate past Secretary of the National Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, and recent chair of both the Adolescent Health and the Public Health nursing research sections of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. She also serves as member of the Carle Foundation Hospital Nursing Research Advisory Board, and the Urbana School Health Center Board of Advisors. Most recently, she was elected Vice Chairperson of the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Board of Directors and President-Elect of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators. 


Dr. Jones scholarship has been recognized locally by Carle Foundation Hospital, statewide by the Illinois Public Health Association, and regionally by two different Research Sections of the Midwest Nursing Research Society -- Public Health and Adolescent Health. Additionally, she has received the Daisy Award for teaching excellence, the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Lambda Chapter Nursing Recognition Award, the Urbana Faculty Excellence Award and two Silver Circle Awards for teaching excellence at UIC. She is also a 2012 recipient of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing Faculty Fellowship.