Our team

Our team

Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Professor and Dean
Doris B. Yingling Endowed Chair


1100 East Leigh Street, Room 4009J
PO Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 828-5174
Email: jgiddens@vcu.edu


  • BSN – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • MSN – University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, Texas
  • PhD – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
    Education and Human Resource Studies


  • W. Robert Irby Award for Philanthropic Leadership, The Medical College of Virginia Foundation, Richmond, VA

  • Mary Adelaide Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching and Leadership in Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC, 2017
  • Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC, 2017
  • Outstanding Nursing School Dean, Virginia Nurses Foundation, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Nursing, University of El Paso, 2015
  • Mary Killeen Visiting Scholar for Educational Excellence, College of Nursing, Arizona State University 2015
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 2014-2019


  • Parsons, P.L., Slattum, P.W., Thomas, C.K., Cheng, J.L., Alsane, D. & Giddens, J.L. (in press). Evaluation of an interprofessional care coordination model: Benefits to health professions students and the community served. Nursing Outlook. (Available online 19 November, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2020.09.007)
  • Giddens, J., Curry-Lourenco, K., Miles, E. & Reeder, E. (in press). Enhancing learning in an online doctoral course through a virtual community platform. Journal of Professional Nursing. (available online 30 May, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.05.007)
  • Dow, A., DiPiro, J.T., Giddens, J., Buckley, P. & Santen, S. (2020). Emerging from the COVID crisis with a stronger healthcare workforce. Academic Medicine, Aug 18:10.1097 DOI:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003656. Epub ahead of print.
  • Giddens, J. (2020). Demystifying concept-based and competency-based approaches. Journal Nursing Education, 59(3):123-124. doi:10.3928/01484834-20200220-01
  • Giddens, J., Zimmermann, D. (2020). 3.1 Million Strong: Nurses transforming health Care. Richmond Times Dispatch, May 3, 2020.
  • Giddens, J., McCurren, C. (2019). On future’s doorstep: What’s in the “tea leaves” for nursing education? Journal of Professional Nursing, 35:247-248. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.06.011
  • Giddens, J. (2018). The conceptual approach: A primer for Japanese Nurse Educators. The Japanese Journal of Nursing, 59(12), 1038-1039.
  • Tsuhako, S., Giddens, J. & Miyatake, A. (2018). Concept based approach: The essentials is in “Less is more!”. Learning from the Dialog with Professor Giddens. Japanese Journal of Nursing, 59(12), 1032-1037.
  • Giddens, J., Caputi, L., Rodgers, B. (in press). Mastering concept-based teaching: A guide for nurse educators, 2nd edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Giddens, J., Thompson, S. (2018). Preparing Academic Nursing Leaders for Today...and the Future. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34:73-74.
  • Giddens, J. (2018). Transformational leadership: What every nursing dean should know. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 117-121.
  • Giddens, J. & Morton, T. (2018). Pearls for chief academic nursing leaders. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 75-81.
  • Giddens, J., (2017). Concepts for nursing practice, 2nd edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Wilson, S.F. & Giddens, J. (2017). Health assessment for nursing practice (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Giddens, J. (2016). Underestimated challenges adopting the conceptual approach. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(4), 187-188.
  • Giddens, J & Meyer, D. (2016). Foundational courses for the baccalaureate nursing degree: Enhancing efficiency for academic progression. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(7), 373-378.
  • Giddens, J., Keller, T., & Liesveld, J. (2015). Answering the call for a bachelors-prepared nursing workforce: An innovative model for academic progression. Journal of Professional Nursing, 31(6), 445-451.
  • Gorski, M., Gerardi T., Giddens, J., Meyer, D., & Peters-Lewis, A. (2015) Nursing education transformation.  Building an infrastructure for the future.  American Journal of Nursing, 115(4), 53-57.
  • Giddens, J., Caputi, L., Rodgers, B. (2015). Mastering concept-based teaching: A guide for nurse educators. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Giddens, J. (2015). Concept Based Curricula. In: G. Sherwood and S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds). Reflective Organizations: On the front lines of QSEN & reflective practice implementation. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Giddens, J. (2015). The innovation paradox. Journal of Professional Nursing, 31(4), 271-72.
  • Gorski, M., Gerardi, T., Giddens, J., Meyer, D., & Peters-Lewis, A. (2015). Nursing education transformation. Building an infrastructure for the future. American Journal of Nursing, 115(4), 53-57.


  • Giddens, J., Barksdale, D., Wynd, C. Taming the tiger: The development of a prosepctive academic planning tool for nursing educaiton. AACN Fall Faculty Forum, December 7-9, 2020.
  • Giddens J, McCurren C, McFadden J. AACN Essentials: Continuing the conversation. AACN Academic Nurse Leaders Conference, October 20, 2020. Virtual Meeting.
  • Giddens, J. Keynote Presentation: Critical conversations: The neuroscience of learning. American Association Colleges of Nursing Faculty Development Conference, New Orleans, November 16, 2018.
  • Giddens, J. Revising the AACN Essentials: Re-envisioning baccalaureate education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, November 16, 2018.
  • Giddens, J. Implications for baccalaureate education from the vision task force position statement. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, November 15, 2018.
  • Pacini, C., Giddens, J. Task force update on AACNs vision for nursing education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Academic Leadership Meeting.  Washington DC, March 24, 2018.
  • Giddens, J. Keynote Presentation: Beyond Planning: ReNEWing the commitment.  2017 Wyoming Nursing Education Summit, Casper, WY. May 22, 2017.
  • Giddens, J. Successful implementation of conceptual teaching in the classroom. North Carolina Associate Degree Nursing Council, 2017 NCADN Conference. Wrightsville Beach, NC. April 21, 2017.
  • Panel Member (Gorski, M.S., Meyer, D., Giddens, J., Anderson, R.) Impact of APIN on education and practice: The 30,000 foot view. APIN: Onward to 80/20. RWJF's Final APIN National Meeting. South Beach, FL, November 13-15, 2016.
  • Giddens, J. Successful implementation of the conceptual approach in nursing education. Virginia Community Colleges. Richmond, VA October 22-23, 2016.
  • Giddens, J. Conceptual teaching in nursing education. Michigan League for Nursing. Detroi, MI. May 24, 2016.
  • Giddens, J., & Meyer, D. Pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing education through a community college-university partnership. AACN Webinar, October 13, 2015.
  • Giddens, J. The conceptual approach in nursing education: Toward a deeper understanding. New Mexico Action Coalition and the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium, August, 2015, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Panel Member. The emerging academic progression in nursing model. Meeting 3: Committee for assessing progress on implementing the recommendations of the IOM Report The Future of Nursing: Leading change, advancing health, July 2015, Washington, D.C. 
  • Giddens, J. Academic Progression in Nursing. Virginia Action Coalition. University of Richmond, May 19, 2015, Richmond, VA.
  • Giddens, J. Lessons in Leadership. AACN Graduate Nursing Student Academy Webinar Series. April 6, 2015. 
  • Giddens, J. Keynote Address, Integrating innovation in the conceptual approach. Georgia Association for Nursing Education, February 2015, Atlanta, GA.



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