Nursing: Faculty
& Staff

Faculty and Staff

Lynne Zajac, Ph.D., R.N.

Professor

"My practice experience encompasses a variety of settings including acute care and public health nursing. I have been involved in teaching nursing for over 20 years including clinical and classroom education at the Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree levels; currently I am the coordinator for the Center for Nursing Scholarship and I teach in the M.S.N. program at Lourdes. I completed the Ph.D. in Nursing Education December 2010. My dissertation involved discovering the meaning comfort for ethnically diverse nursing students using Leininger's Ethnonursing Research method. Teaching nursing students is a joy and a privilege. As an educator, it is my responsibility to tap into a student's uniqueness, instill positive self-esteem, and facilitate the process of learning. I am privileged to be with students to guide them as they make a difference in the health of someone's life. A favorite quote by Peter Beidler (2002) is 'I teach because, being around people who are beginning to breathe, I occasionally find myself, quite magically, catching my breath with them.'"

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S., Albright College

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing Trends/Issues
  • Nursing Education – Teaching Strategies, Curriculum Design
  • Diversity and Nursing Students
  • Diversity and Nursing Education
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Adult Health Nursing
  • Evidence Based Practice

Recent Publications

  • Zajac, L. The culture care meaning of comfort for ethnically diverse nursing students in the educational setting. The Online Journal of Cultural Competence and Health Care, pending publication January 2014
  • Zajac, L. (2013, Spring). Integrating scholarship into practice through an evidence based project. Nursing Network 51(2)
  • Zajac, L. (2011). Double loop approach: Recruitment and Retention of Minority Nursing Faculty. The ABNF Journal, 22(3), 73-77

Recent Presentations

  • Zajac, L. (2013, October). Awareness of Intercultural Competence: Self Reflections and the Journey towards Improvement in Teaching Diverse Students. Poster Presentation Transcultural Nursing Society Conference Albuquerque, NM
  • Zajac, L. (2012, October). The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting. Podium Presentation at the 38th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Zajac, L. (2012, August). Engaging Students: Writing Evidence Based Guidelines for Nursing Practice Issues. Podium Presentation at the Lourdes University Share Conference, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Zajac, L. (2012, April). The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting. Poster Discussion and Presentation Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Dearborn, MI
  • Zajac, L. (2012, March). Integrating Scholarship into Practice: Writing Evidence Based Practice Guidelines for Identified Practice Issues. PodiumPresentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing- Masters’ Education Conference San Antonio, TX
  • Zajac, L. (2011, October). The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting. Invited presentation at the Zeta Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Fall Research Program Sylvania, OH
  • Zajac, L. (2011, July). The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Nursing Students: What are the Implications for Nursing Faculty? Podium presentation at the Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies
  • Zajac, L. (2010, March). Peer Conference: Engaging Students in Collaboration and Reflection About the Clinical Experience. Poster Presentation at the Ohio League for Nursing Education Summit, Columbus, OH
  • Jenks. K. and Zajac, L. (2007, July). All in A Day. Poster Presentation at The International Nurse Educator Conference in the Rockies

Recent Awards and Recognition

  • Promoted to rank of Professor at Lourdes University, 2013
  • Lourdes University Faculty Excellence Award Recipient, 2012
  • Faculty Excellence Award Nominee Lourdes University, 2011, 2013
  • Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Theta Chapter Research Award for dissertation research entitled “The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting,” 2010
  • Lourdes University Scholarship Fellowship for dissertation research “The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting,” 2010
  • Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Theta Chapter Scholarship Award – recognizes nurses enrolled in graduate studies, who demonstrate potential to make a significant contribution to the profession of nursing and health care, 2009
  • Mercy College of Northwest Ohio Nursing Faculty Core Values Award, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • American Nurses Association
  • Ohio Nurses Association
  • Northwest Ohio Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Service to Community

  • Zoar Lutheran Church – Agape Bell Choir, Church Usher, Kitchen of Hope Volunteer
  • St. Paul's Community Center Soup Kitchen Volunteer; coordinated benefit concert for Kids Against Hunger Program
  • Migrant Health Fair Volunteer
  • Lourdes College Angel Tree Participant
  • Beach House Family Shelter Fundraising Activities and collection of needed items for the shelter

Contact


Lynn Zajac
Office: SCH 237
Phone: 419-824-3863
Email