Jayme Nelson

Jayme Nelson portrait
Associate Professor of Nursing

Office: Valders 243F

Phone: 563-387-1454

Email: nelsjaym@luther.edu


Education: M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin; B.A., Nursing and Psychology, Luther College

Jayme Nelson has been an associate professor of nursing at Luther College since 2000 and an RN for 30 years. Her research interests include the use of assisted, augmented and virtual reality in the classroom, ethics, transplantation and simulation. Professor Nelson’s background includes work as an acute care nurse practitioner with impoverished undocumented immigrants as well as nursing practice in the trauma and transplantation operating room. Professor Nelson has taught in a wide variety of courses including Medical-Surgical Nursing, Healthcare Ethics, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. She has repeatedly taught the population based nursing course and clinical in Nottingham, England during the summer.

Nursing 425: Synthesis of Clinical Practice Across the Lifespan
This course emphasizes clinical and critical reasoning skills synthesized from knowledge obtained in prior nursing courses to address fundamental to complex situations across the lifespan. Students will engage in critical inquiry in both the classroom and simulation lab settings that is evidence based and that applies and integrates concepts associated with safe, high quality, professional nursing practice.

Nursing 420: Population-Based Care (Nottingham)
This course focuses on health promotion with disease and injury prevention in population groups. Social justice principles are woven throughout course content to emphasize collective action toward improving national and international health. With an introduction to the science of epidemiology, students will analyze health patterns of populations in connection with contextual contributing factors, such as lifestyle, social, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives. Public health interventions are explored at individual, aggregate, and population levels. Key focus areas of public health will be addressed including but not limited to environmental health, disaster and emergency preparedness, and political involvement.

Nursing 421: Population-Based Care Clinical (Nottingham)
This clinical nursing course allows nursing students to practice public health nursing, incorporating theoretical and analytic components from NURS 420. Determinants of health are examined as students practice in collaboration with agencies and organizations, preparing students to specialize in rural public health priorities and interventions. Emphasis is placed on the principles of public health combined with the nursing process to focus on health promotion, life-style factors, and disease prevention that facilitate the development of healthy populations, communities, families, and individuals.

Nursing 480: Leadership Capstone
This capstone course will include experiences similar to those students are likely to confront as newly employed baccalaureate prepared registered nurses. Students will work in 1:1 experiences with baccalaureate nurse preceptors in selected clinical settings. An emphasis is placed on the development of personal and professional strategies needed to make the transition from student to graduate nurse by highlighting role development skills of bedside nurse leaders.

Science 240: Pathophysiology
This course offers a foundation in understanding the molecular, cellular/tissue, and organ system changes that are present in numerous disease states and injuries. Mechanisms and etiologies of selected pathophysiological processes will be utilized to understand the evidence of disease and its clinical manifestations. These principles will enable the student to frame clinical problems through the critical thinking process.

Science 250: Clinical Pharmacology
This course provides a basic understanding of pharmacology as a foundation for clinical education in the appropriate and safe use of medications. Fundamental concepts including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics will be covered along with an in-depth analysis of important medication classifications. The laboratory component of the course will provide opportunities to apply pharmacological knowledge in a context that realistically models patient care.

  • M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., Nursing and Psychology, Luther College

Contributions to Nursing Education

I am passionate about generating a high-quality nursing education experience for my students! With 30 years of nursing experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner, I seek to inspire and educate students using narrative pedagogy (stories that we share together for the purposes of learning) and highly technical, immersive experiences in virtual, assisted and augmented reality and simulated patient experiences in the lab.

My current research interests include the utilization of augmented and assisted reality in the science classroom.  Rather than simply learning about a disease, it is my hope to help students “experience” the disease through the use of augmented and assisted reality modalities.

I have done extensive work in virtual reality, cumulating with the development of a conference in 2013 in the virtual reality world of “Second Life.” The conference (on health care changes) was “attended” (virtually) by people from all over the world.

I have also incorporated virtual, augmented and assisted reality into the classes that I teach.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching nursing students – whether it is completing my 7th time teaching in Nottingham, England or whether it is incorporating technological innovation into the varied classes that I teach in the sophomore and senior levels. I enjoy presenting and publishing work in these areas.


  • “The Reformation of Medical Care”, The Reformation of Everything Symposium, Luther College, 10/17.
  • Panel presentation (ethical perspectives) for movie “Trapped”, 6/16
  • “Sudden Life”, Chapel Sermon 3/14
  • “Connecting Students in Innovative Ways” Podium Presentation, 12th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference: Hit the Jackpot with Evidence Based Simulation, 6/13.
  • Distinguished Service Award Presentation for Kirk Stapleton 10/13
  • Keynote Speaker: “Will you treat ME? Funding mental health care treatment – now and under the Affordable Health Care Act” presented at the annual Mental Health Symposium, April 27th Virtual Ability Island, Second Life.
  • “How Will the Affordable Care Act Impact You?” Presentation to the Disabled Community in Second Life, Virtual Ability Independence Island, 2/13
  • “Faith and the Limits of Human Understanding” FOCUS (Contemporary Student Led Worship Service), 09/12
  • “Ethics and Spirituality: Using Virtual Worlds to Connect Nursing Students”, Faculty Brown Bag: Enhancing Student Learning through Information Literacy and Technology, 4/12
  • “Pedagogical Approaches to Engage Students: Creating Virtual Worlds to Engage Students in a Capstone Nursing Course”, Luther College Faculty Meeting, 11/11
  • “Ethical Hedonism in the Virtual Reality World of ‘Second Life’: Nozick’s Experience machine Redux?” workshop presented in Cambridge, England at the 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning, 8/10


  • The Reformation of Medical Care. Agora, 30(1), Fall 2018
  • The Virtuous Nurse in Virtual Reality. Agora, Spring 2013
  • Practicing Effective Provider Phone Contacts Teaching Strategy. March 2013 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. http://qsen.org
  • Sentinel Event Simulation Presentation Teaching Strategy. Quality and Safety Education for Nurses. March 2013. http://qsen.org
  • Invited Contributing Author for NCSBN Nursing Community Blog, “The F-word and the Nurse” posted May 16th, 2012. http://learningext.com/posts/da95708513
  • “The Patient’s Responsibility”, co-authored with Joan Henricksen Hellyer, American Journal of Nursing, 111(2), February 2011.
  • When the Healer is Healed, Agora, 20(1), Fall 2008
  • Who Owns You? Intellectual Property Rights and the Patenting of the Human Genome, Agora, 19(2), Spring 2007
  • Perioperative Nursing, Neurological Disorders, Drugs for the Neurological System, three chapters submitted for Delmar’s Complete Review for NCLEX-RN.
  • Challenging the Dominant Paradigm: Deconstructing Medical hegemony, Agora, 17(2), Spring 2005