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Jennie M. Wagner, EdD, RN, MBA, MSN, CNE, IBCLC

Associate Professor
Assessment, Children’s Health, Clinical, Family, Health Economics and Financing, Nursing Education, Pediatric Nursing, Systems/Policy/Informatics, Women’s Health


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 537

Jennie M. Wagner received her EdD in Adult and Higher Education from North Carolina State University in 2013 and earned a Master’s degree in Business Management. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Education from East Carolina University and is an NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Currently, Jennie serves as the instructor for the statewide AHEC NC RN Refresher course. Jennie is an elected member of the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners and a Board member for the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC).

Practice Areas of expertise for Dr. Wagner include Maternal Newborn Nursing and Lactation. Research areas of interest include Minority College students, College Student Retention, and Online Education. Jennie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Publications and presentations by Dr. Wagner reflect her practice and research areas of interest.

2018-2020    Elected NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners, representing nurse education, serving second term.

2015, 2016   Graduate Student recipient of Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Award

2014-Present   Special Appointment to the Graduate Faculty

2013-2015   Appointed Provost Committee on Inclusion Excellence & Diversity (PCIED); Co-Chair Communications Committee

1983-Present   Sigma Theta Tau

Books and Chapters

Wagner, J. (2019). Ch. 12: Conception and fetal development. In D. L. Lowdermilk, S.E.
Perry, M.C. Cashion, K.R. Alden & E. Olshansky (Eds.). Maternity and women’s health care (12th ed., pp. 229-248). Elsevier Mosby.

Wagner, J. (2016). Ch. 2: Shifting family structure: Theoretical perspectives of worldwide
population and family composition. In P. Hershberger & E. Stevenson (Eds.).
Contemporary fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART): Advancing global
discussion in theory, practice polity & research (pp. 15-28). Springer.

Schuler, M. & Wagner, J. (Eds.). (2015). North Carolina RN refresher online program textbook vol 1 & 2. The Friday Center: Chapel Hill, NC. Co-author of the following chapter in this text: Module 24: Clinical nursing skills.

Schuler, M., & Wagner, J. (2013). Module 24: Clinical nursing skills. In G. Mazzocco, (Ed.), North Carolina RN refresher online program, vol 1-4. The Friday Center: Chapel Hill, NC.

Mazzocco, G. & Wagner, J. (Eds). (2009). North Carolina RN refresher program textbook vol 1 & 2. The Friday Center: Chapel Hill, NC.


Refereed Papers/Articles

Wagner, J., Delaney, C., & Baines, S. (in press). Enhancing lactation support in the NICU during the covid-19 pandemic by implementing a primary care model. Clinical Lactation.

Wagner, J., Foster, B. & O’Sullivan, R. (2020). Measuring learning outcomes in an RN to BSN program. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 15(1), 19-24.

Schuler, M., & Wagner J. (2019). An evaluation process to redesign the North Carolina
AHEC nurse refresher program. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 10(2), 38-44.

McQueen, L., & Wagner, J. (2019). Who am I now, if not an online nurse educator?
[Editorial]. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, A4-5.

Wagner, J. (2015). Hispanic minority college students at selective colleges: What
matters with degree completion? Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 1-32.

O’Neal, D., Zomorodi, M. & Wagner, J. (2015). Nursing education progression:
associate degree nursing faculty perspective. Nurse Educator, 40 (3), 129-133.

Wagner, J., Jenkins, B., & Smith, J. (2006). Nurses’ utilization of parent questionnaires for developmental screening. Pediatric Nursing, 32(5), 409-412.


Products of engaged scholarship

Parker, P., Wagner, J. & Williford, L. (2015). Provost’s committee on in inclusive excellence
and diversity (PCIED): Communication workgroup white paper. Presented at the Diversity in Higher Education Spring Seminar.

Wagner, J. (2013, November). Reflection to enhance communication with clients. ILCA E-Globe Newsletter.

Henderson, S. & Wagner, J. (2013, March). The role of the lactation educator. ILCA E-Globe Newsletter.

Wagner, J., & Henderson, S. (2012, April). Teaching adults: Tips for better classes. ILCA E-Globe Newsletter.


Refereed unpublished oral presentations and/or abstracts

Wagner, J. & Akroyd, D. (2015, February).  Factors that Impact Graduation Rates of Black Undergraduates at Selective Universities.  Paper presented at Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, Florida.

Foster, B., Brown, C., Wagner, J., & O’Sullivan, R.  (2012, November).  Learning outcomes measurement in an RN to BSN program: Instrument development.  Paper presented at American Association of Colleges of Nursing, San Antonia, Texas.

Moore, T., Hoggan, C., Houde, J., & Wagner, J.  (2007, June).  Reviewing adult learning: A collaborative self-directed learning model for adult educators.  Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Moore, T., Houde, J., Wagner, J., & Hoggan, C.  (2006, September).  Collaborative self-directed learning.  Paper presented at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Raleigh NC.

Invited presentations

Schuler, M., Wagner, J. & Fitzpatrick, K. (2018, May 25). NC AHEC RN refresher program graduate survey. Presented to the NC Board on Nursing: Practice and Education Committee, Raleigh, NC.

Wagner, J. & Schuler, M.  (2016, December).  Medical Surgical Nursing Review Course Online. Paper presented at Wharton School of Business, Reimagine Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Wagner, J., & Freeman, M. (2015, March).  Hispanic minority college students at selective colleges: What matters with degree completion?  Paper presented at NAPSA Conference, New Orleans.

Wagner, J.  (2012, March).  Factors predictive of 6-year college completion for minority undergraduates in selective universities.  Poster presented at NC State University, Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education.

Sabornie, S., Schewie, S., Smith, J. & Wagner, J.  (2003, October).  Developmental screening for beginners.  Smart Start Wake County Partners meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Sabornie, S. & Wagner, J.  (2003, September).   Developmental screening update.  Presented to the N.C. association of Public Health Nurses, Greensboro, NC.

Wagner, J.  (2002, November).  The foundation of touchpoints training.  Presented to the NC East Coast Migrant Headstart meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Sabornie, S., Smith, J. & Wagner, J.  (2002, August).  Developmental and behavioral screening.  Presented to the Pediatric Ground Rounds, Rex Hospital, NC.

Sabornie, S., Schewie, S., Smith, J. & Wagner, J.  (2002, January).  Developmental screening overview.  Presented to the North Carolina Smart Start Partners meeting, Greensboro, NC.


Wagner, J. (2018, November 16). Nursing competency self-efficacy scale with RN refresher students. Oral presentation at the NC AHEC Nurse Council Meeting, Eastern AHEC.

Wagner, J. (2010, May 13). Panel, Wake AHEC 19th annual lactation consultant comprehensive update.

Wagner, J. (2008, April). Panel, Wake AHEC 17th annual lactation consultant comprehensive update.

Wagner, J. (2007, May). Facilitator, Wake AHEC 5th annual triangle breastfeeding alliance conference.

Sabornie, S., Smith, J. & Wagner, J. (2002, August). Developmental and behavioral screening. Presented to the Pediatric Ground Rounds, Rex Hospital, NC.

7/2018-6/2022 Key Personnel, “Invest in Nursing: An Educational Redesign to Strengthen the Primary Care Workforce” Health Resources Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Registered Nurses in Primary Care Award (NEPQ-RNPC), Total Funding: $2,396,978.00

Online Education, Lactation, Women’s Health, Adult Education