Kimberly Helms, DHEd, MSN, RN, CNE, COI, CFD

Professor of Nursing

Dr. Kimberly Helms is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program at Jacksonville State University. She a nationally Certified Online Instructor and a nationally Certified Faculty Developer. She has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs at Jacksonville State University (JSU) and collaborated with the administrative team to develop and implement The Center for Best Practices for Teaching and Learning in the College of Health Professions and Wellness.  

Dr. Helms has a Doctorate in Health Education from A. T. Still University and a Master’s in Population Health from Jacksonville State University. She received a Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from The University of South Alabama. Dr. Helms engages in faculty practice where she collaborates with a regional hospital as the Coordinator of the New Graduate Orientation and Leadership Series (GOALS) program, she is the continuing education liaison for life-long learning at the agency and is currently revising the preceptor orientation program. Dr. Helms research interest include utilizing real life scenarios/human simulation to assess perceived self confidence in clinical decision making, best practices/job satisfaction in online learning, and shared governance (student and faculty) in ongoing quality improvement in online programs.

Kimberly Helms

Courses Taught

  • NU 518 Organizational and Systems Leadership in Population Health Nursing
  • NU 550 Dev Instruction Programs in Collegiate Nur Ed
  • NU 527 Epidemiology
  • NU 551 Teach, Learn, Eval in Collegiate Nur Programs 
  • NU 552 Practicum in Collegiate Nursing Education 
  • NU 554 Intro to Instructional Design and Online Teaching
  • NU 540 Population Health I 
  • NU 545 Population Health II 
  • NU 708 Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • NU 713 Organizational and Systems Leadership for APN
  • NU 715 Innovative Leadership and Collaboration in Healthcare

Academic/Research Interests

  • Human Simulation
  • Online Learning/Faculty and Student Satisfaction
  • Shared Governance in Online Learning for Program Improvement
  • Transition to Practice


  • A. T. Still University, Doctorate in Health Education, 2010
  • University of South Alabama, Post-Master's Nurse Educator Psych/Mental Health, 2004
  • Jacksonville State University, Master's in Population Health Nursing, 2002
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville, Bachelor's of Science Nursing (BSN), 2001
  • Gadsden State Community College, Associate Degree Nursing, 1985