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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Dr. Roberta Christopher

Dr. Roberta Christopher

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Email address  rchrist6@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-8926
Office location  BRCHS 114
Office hours  By appointment.

Areas of Specialization

Dr. Christopher specializes in the theoretical foundations  and applications of appreciative inquiry and human caring science. Dr. Christopher is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship as a scholar of the Watson Caring Science Institute with Dr. Jean Watson. As a nursing informaticist, Roberta aims to innovate and integrate caring science into simulated and virtual caring experiences. Roberta is currently authoring THE chapter on exemplars in the use of human caring in a virtual, simulated electronic health record environment. The chapter will be included in the much anticipated second edition of the Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing edited by Dr. Marcia Hills and Dr. Jean Watson.

Roberta's other research focus centers on joy AS caring. The caring moment and healing experience should be joyful, yet high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue, and despair continue to be reported in nursing. 


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

​Professional Information

Dr. Roberta Christopher joined Jacksonville University in April 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing.  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 doctorate of educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.  Her doctoral dissertation research study focused on the relationship among presenteeism, absenteeism, nurse safety outcomes, and quality of care.

Dr. Christopher 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).  Roberta is a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator. 

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, Roberta focused her efforts on report writing and data analytics to improve quality, safety, and organizational performance.

Dr. Christopher has been published in the Journal of Professional Nursing, Journal of Nursing Administration, Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing Economics, International Journal Review, and Resuscitation.  Additionally, she is a former member of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field. Dr. Christopher is a past president of the Lambda Rho Chapter-at large of Sigma Theta Tau. She is currently serving as the FNA representative to the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC). Dr. Christopher is also an invited member of the NOBC Impact group that is responsible for researching the impact of nurses on boards.  Dr. Christopher is a former member of the HIMSS TIGER Scholars Workgroup. Dr. Christopher has served on the National QSEN International Task Force, and is a former co-director of the QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University

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