Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Megan Harper, MSN, RN, CCRN

University of Texas-Arlington
PhD Student

My nursing career began in critical care after obtaining my BSN from McNeese State University in December 2003. Over the next eight years I took on the following roles: charge nurse, nurse preceptor, staff educator, and coordinator of the Critical Care Internship Program. I earned a MSN from the University of Texas Medical Branch in December 2009 and certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN). I became adjunct clinical faculty in the ADN Program at Lone Star College Tomball (LSCT) in January 2010. In August 2011 I became full time faculty in the ADN Program at LSCT where I maintain current employment as well as per diem status as a bedside critical care nurse. I have served as faculty team leader and co-chairperson of the LSC System-Wide Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum Committee for the past two years. My faculty team at LSCT was recently awarded the Dean’s Innovation Award highlighting our collaborative team approach. I presented the work we have done at the LSC annual system-wide education conference in April 2016. In August 2015 I began the PhD in Nursing Program at The University of Texas at Arlington. My goals are to develop a program of research that will allow me to investigate nursing student success and retention strategies to ensure a population of competent graduate nurses to provide optimal patient care. I belong to the professional nursing organizations: American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, and Southern Nursing Research Society.