Douglas J. Stephens, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC

Assistant Professor, Lead Faculty AGACNP Program
JSU South Complex
djstephens@jsu.edu

Dr. Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program at Jacksonville State University (JSU). He is the Lead faculty for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track. He is nationally certified as Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and licensed through the Alabama Board of Nursing. He continues to practice in critical care and lung transplant at one of the largest public healthcare hospitals in the United States. He has taught in the graduate nursing program at JSU since 2017, where he has collaboratively worked with graduate faculty to develop and revise the graduate nursing curriculum.

Dr. Douglas J. Stephens received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2017. His scholarly project focused on quality improvement in palliative care in the intensive care unit. He continues to pursue research in identifying patterns of palliative care consults to educate healthcare providers on utilizing palliative care in critically ill patients. He obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in ACNP in 2011. Dr. Stephens has been vital in the guidance of novice nurses and advanced practice nurses for over nine years as a preceptor. Dr. Stephens has helped structure, develop and guide AGACNP practice in his current clinical practice through procedural simulation instruction. Dr. Stephens has provided local and state presentations advocating patient-centered health care and instructional techniques for advanced practice nursing.

Douglas Stephens

Academic Research/Interest

  • Procedural and Immersive simulation
  • Simulated Telehealth Experience for Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Active Learning Techniques promoting competency-based curriculum
  • Evidence-based Practices in Critical Care Medicine / Acute Care Adult-Geriatric Patients
  • Utilization of Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Professional Identity Formation in Nursing

Courses Taught

NU 607 Advanced Health Assessment
NU 613 Physio-pathological Basis for Advanced Nursing
NU 620 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses
NU 707 Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice
NU 708 Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care
NU 713 Organizational and System Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing
ANP 668 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I
ANP 669 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner I Practicum
ANP 671 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention & Issues for Advanced Nursing Practice
ANP 672 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II
ANP 673 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner II Practicum
ANP 674 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III
ANP 675 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner III Practicum
ANP 676 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner IV
ANP 677 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner IV Practicum
ANP 796 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Project Planning & Development
ANP 797 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Residency I
ANP 798 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Residency II
ANP 799 Advanced Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Residency III

Education

Doctorate of Nursing Practice, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2017.
Major: Nursing/Adult Acute Care
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Nursing Education
Dissertation Title: Pattern of Palliative Care Consults in the Intensive Care Unit

MSN, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2011.
Major: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Critical Care Medicine
Dissertation Title: The effect of Beta-Blocker therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

BSN, Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, 2007.
Major: Nursing

BS, Southern University, 2001.
Major: Nutrition
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Dietetics Internship

BS, Southern University, 2000.
Major: Family and Consumer Science - Nutrition
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Dietetics