Jaynelle is a professor of nursing at San Diego State University, School of Nursing, College of Health & Human Services. She is the Concentration Chair for the Nurse Leadership in Healthcare Systems and teaches graduate classes in Nursing and Health Services Administration. She is also the founding co-editor of Health Environments Research and Design (HERD) journal and authors’ columns in the Journal of Nursing Administration on the nurse leaders’ role in evidenced-based healthcare design and The Journal of Nursing for Women on Leadership. She is also the Research and Professional Development Consultant at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Jaynelle’s research trajectory focuses on the effect of the work environment (both physical environment and organizational characteristics) on organizational performance and the provider and patient experience. She is the principal investigator in several studies including Understanding Workplace Stress Experienced by Nurse Managers (partially funded by the American Nurses Foundation) conducted with Dr. Lisa Kath and Dr. Mark Ehrhart, both organizational industrial psychologists from the College of Sciences; Safe Patient Mobilization Initiatives to Reduce Employee Injury (Sharp Mary Birch); The Effect of the Built Environment on Organizational Metrics and Patient and Provider Outcomes (Sharp Memorial); Transition to Practice Experiences among New Nurses (Sharp Memorial); and Enhancing the Evidence-based Practice Environment (Sharp Mary Birch). She is also the principal investigator for Understanding Workplace Stress Experienced by Nurse Managers the (partially funded by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses [AWHONN]) and Faculty Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice and Perceived Barriers to Teaching Evidence-Based Nursing Practice to Students (partially funded by Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Gamma Chapter).
Jaynelle has more than 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive and was the vice president for the Women’s Service-Line for Sharp HealthCare System, and the executive director for Women’s Services at Sharp Memorial Hospital. She consulted with more than 150 hospitals across the US and internationally for strategic planning and operational improvement and healthcare facility design with the Stichler Group, Inc. She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a frequent presenter at national conferences.
Jaynelle holds a BS and an MS in Nursing from the University of Arizona and a doctorate of Nursing Science from the University of San Diego. She also has a certificate in Executive Leadership from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School. She is an active member of the STTI Nursing Honor Society, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the Western Institute of Nursing Research, International Academy of Nursing Editors, American Nurses Association, and AWHONN to name a few.