Diana L. Jennings is the Associate Managing Director, Assistant Professor, of the San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center, of Samuel Merritt University (SMU), School of Nursing. Retired from a 25-year career in critical care and emergency nursing, Dr. Jennings earned a diploma from Samuel Merritt Hospital, School of Nursing in 1975, a BSN from California State University Dominguez Hills in 1993, a MSN as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with a minor in education in 1995, and a PhD in nursing in 2000 at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing (UCSF). Dr. Jennings offers over 39 years of combined clinical and teaching experience with a background that highlights her interests in education, leadership, research, and scholarship. Her areas of research and publication are mentoring, geriatric access to care, teaching strategies, and obstetric high-risk simulation. She has taught research to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students, with a history of mentoring as an Assistant Clinical Professor and Academic Mentor to graduate and doctoral students at UCSF. In 2004, she was nominated for the Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award by the Graduate Student Association at UCSF and also for the Pinnacle Mentoring Award through Alpha Eta Chapter of STTI.
One of 20 mentee/mentor dyads selected for the STTI Maternal Child Leadership Academy, Dr. Jennings was presented with the Outstanding Mentor award by a mentee in Scottsdale Arizona in March of 2011 and co-delivered a presentation at Biennial later that year. Currently collaborating with the Directors of the University of San Francisco’s Vietnamese Nurse Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, she serves as faculty mentor and consultant on an educational training research study. Dr. Jennings has presented at local, national and international conferences. She also serves as a research consultant for Maki Tanaka, Assistant Professor, at Nagano College of Nursing in Nagano, Japan. A member of STTI since 1994, she has served as Vice President of Xi Theta Chapter, Corresponding Secretary for Alpha Eta Chapter, Faculty Counselor and Succession Committee Member at SMU for NuXi Chapter.
June 2000 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Summa cum laude
University of California, San Francisco
June 1995 Master of Science in Nursing, Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Summa cum laude
Education Minor, University of California, San Francisco
June 1993 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Public Health Nurse Certification
Magna cum laude
California State University, Dominguez Hills
June 1975 Diploma in Nursing
Samuel Merritt Hospital, School of Nursing, Oakland, CA.
Dr. Jennings has taught research methods (qualitative and quantitative) to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. She also teaches Synthesis.
Research areas are geriatric access to health care, quality of care for elderly people enrolled in HMO's, mentoring, educational strategies in teaching reseach methods, student teaching/learning outcomes in obstetric high-risk simulation, and educational interventions and outcomes in Ha Noi, Vietnam.
Spiers, J.A., Paul, P, Jennings, D.L., & Weaver, K. (2012). Strategies for engaging undergraduate nursing students in reading and uing qualitative research. The
Qualitative Report, 17(48), 1-22. Retreived from http:www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR 17, spiers pdf.
Maag, M.M., Buccheri, R., Capella, E., & Jennings, D.L. (2006). A Conceptual Framework for the Clinical Nurse Leader Program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 22(6),
Mackin, L.A., Macera, E., & Jennings, D. (2006). Lessons learned from a mentored graduate program in gerontological nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 22(2)
(March– April), pp 137–141.
Maas, M.L., Strumpf, N.E., Beck, C., Jennings, D., Messecar, D., Swanson, E. (2006). Mentoring geriatric nurse scientists, educators, clinicians, and leaders in the John A.
Hartford Foundation Centers for Geriatric Nursing Excellence. Nursing Outlook, 54(4), pp. 183-188.
Jennings, D. L. (2000). Factors Influencing Health-Care Access: Perceptions Of Frail, Elderly Enrollees Of Health Maintenance Organizations. (PhD dissertation,
University of California, San Francisco).
Rosa, L.M., & Jennings, D.L. (November 2012). Implementation and Evaluation of Obstetric High-Risk Hybrid Simulation in an Entry Level Masters of Science in
Nursing Program. Poster Presentation at the International Congress of Women's Health Issues, Bangkok, Thailand.
Spiers, J., Paul, P., Jennings, D. L., & Weaver, K. (2012). Strategies for engaging undergraduate nursing students in reading and using qualitative research. Oral
presentation by Jude Spiers, PhD, RN and Diana Jennings, PhD, MS, RN at Chiang Mai University, School of Nursing, Chiang Mai, Thailand in November, 2012.
Rosa, L.M., & Jennings, D.L. (November 2, 2011). The evaluation of high-risk obstetric simulation in a pre-licensure Entry level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)
Program. Poster Presentation at the 41st Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, Grapevine, Texas.
Rosa, L.M. & Jennings, D.L. (March 2011). Preliminary data findings: The evaluation of high-risk obstetric simulation in a pre-licensure Entry level Master of Science in
Nursing (ELMSN) Program. Sigma Theta Tau International, Maternal Child Leadership Academy, Workshop #2. Scottsdale, Arizona.
Rosa, L. M. & Jennings, D.L. (July 2010). Proposal Presentation: High-risk obstetric simulation project. Sigma Theta Tau International, Maternal ChildLLeadership
Academy, Workshop #1. Indianapolis, Indiana
Jennings, D.L. (2001). Factors that Influence Health Care Access: Perceptions of Frail Elders Enrolled in HMO’s. Paper presentation at the ICN in June, 2001.
Jennings, D.L. (2000). Factors that Influence Health Care Access: Perceptions of Frail Elders Enrolled in HMO’s. Paper presentation at the Gerontological Society of
America, Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2000. Washington, DC.
Jennings, D. (1998). Barriers to health care access: Perceptions of frail, community-dwelling elders in HMO’s. The Association of Gerontological Nurse Specialists, 8(3),
6/30/2011 Grant Proposal, “Implementation and evaluation of obstetric high-risk hybrid simulation (SMUIRB # 11-006) approved. Funded by Dr. Mileva Saulo Lewis for the entire 18-month STTI Maternal Child Leadership Academy.
2011 Outstanding Mentor Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Maternal Child Leadership Academy Workshop, Scottsdale, Arizona.
4/2010 Accepted into the Sigma Theta Tau Maternal Child Leadership Academy as a mentor to Laurie Rosa for an 18-month research project.
1/2010 Grant Proposal submitted to Kaiser Permanente to partially support a qualitative research project exploring the “attitudes, beliefs, perceptions of people with memory loss and their caregivers, who are enrolled in Adult Day Care through Senior Access, surrounding the clinical, cultural, social, and environmental factors that influence their ability to reside in the community with family/caregivers.
12/2009 Grant Proposal submitted to the Marin County Foundation to support an Adult Day Center for Individuals with Memory Loss operated by Senior Access of San Rafael, CA. Funding granted to support an additional Adult Day Care Center for individuals with memory loss in Belvidere, CA.
2004 Nominated, Pinnacle Mentoring Award, Alpha Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
5/2004 Nominated, Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award, Graduate Student Association, UCSF School of Nursing
2000 Recipient, Graduate Student Research Award, UCSF School of Nursing
2000 Recipient, Century Club Fund, UCSF School of Nursing.
2000 Recipient, Kaiser Permanente Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship, $10,000
1998-2000 Recipient, California Nurses Association Scholarship, $1000
1993 Induction, Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Theta Chapter
1993-97 Recipient, Professional Nurse Traineeship Award, $14,000
Professional and Community Service
Geriatric Consultant / Mentor, DNP Capstone Student Project, SMU SON
Member, Advisory Council, Senior Access, Adult Day Care Centers for Individuals with Memory Loss, San Rafael, CA.
Member, Philantropic Educational Organization, Chapter NO, California
Member, Succession Committee, Nu Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
Member, Student Affairs Committee, SMU SON
Member, Holiday Dinner Planning Committee, SMU SON Alumni Association
Research Design Consultant, Drs. DeBourgh and Crow, University of San Francisco's Vietnamese Nurse Project
Research Design Consultant, Maki Tanaka, Nagano College of Nursing, Nagano, Japan
Association of Gerontological Nurse Specialists
Alpha Eta & Nu Xi Chapters, Sigma Theta Tau International
American Geriatric Society
American Nurses Association
American Society of Aging
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Alumni Association
Gerontological Society of America
Golden Gate Academy Alumni Association
International Congress of Nurses (ICN)
International Council of Women’s Health Initiatives (ICOWHI)
National Gerontological Nurses Association
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National League for Nursing
Philanthropic Educational Organization, Chapter NO, California
Samuel Merritt University, School of Nursing, Alumni Association
UCSF, School of Nursing, Alumni Association