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Dr. Roberta Christopher

Dr. Roberta Christopher

Assistant Professor of Nursing/Co-Director QSEN Institute Regional Center

Keigwin School of Nursing

Email address  rchrist6@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-8926
Resume or CV  CV
Office location  LAZ 246
Office hours  By appointment.

Areas of Specialization

Nurse safety and wellness, patient safety, nursing quality and leadership, health informatics, and Joy! 

​Education

  • EDD, University of Phoenix
  • MSN, University of North Florida
  • BSN, University of North Florida

​Professional Information

Dr. Roberta Christopher is an Assistant Professor in the BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing. Roberta has served as Department Chair of Health Informatics and currently serves as the Department Chair of Kinesiology. Roberta has been a nurse for more than 20 years. She received both her BSN and MSN from the University of North Florida.  Dr. Christopher completed her Doctor of Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction degree (EdD).  Her doctoral dissertation research study focused on the relationship among presenteeism, absenteeism, nurse safety outcomes, and quality of care. The research indicated that when there is a lack of joy in healing, quality of care is impacted. Thus, her research aims to develop a theoretical understanding of joy to foster a world where individuals, organizations, communities, and countries flourish, encompassing all aspects of their being.

Dr. Christopher serves on the national QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nursing) International Task Force. She is also the co-director of the QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University (https://www.ju.edu/qsen/ ). Dr. Christopher is the President for the Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Rho Chapter at-Large. Additionally, she represents the Florida Nurses Association on the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) at the state and national levels. 

Dr. Christopher serves on the HIMSS TIGER Scholars Workgroup at the national level as a nursing informaticists https://www.himss.org/professionaldevelopment/tiger-scholars-workgroup. Dr. Christopher was credentialed by EPIC in electronic health record (EMR) report writing and inpatient clinical documentation. She had further training in EPIC hospital outpatient departments, Stork (maternal child module), ASAP (emergency department module), BEACON (oncology module), research, and business intelligence reporting during her tenure overseeing a nursing informatics department and co-facilitating an EPIC EMR go live at a large academic, level 1 trauma center. Post-EMR go live, Dr. Christopher focused her efforts on report writing and data analytics to improve quality, safety, and organizational performance.

Dr. Christopher is a member of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field, the American Nurses Association, HIMSS, AHIMA, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Florida Nurses Association, and Northeast Florida Association for Healthcare Quality.  Roberta is an ANCC board certified nurse executive, and is board certified as a healthcare technology specialist clinician/practitioner consultant (CHTS-CP) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Dr. Christopher is currently working towards certification as an appreciative inquiry facilitator, CPHQ, and Patient Safety. She is also an active member of the AHIMA and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Dr. Christopher has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing Economics, International Journal Review, and Resuscitation, and has presented numerous times at the international level.