Joan McCleish

Joan McCleish
Joan McCleish, RN, PhD
(515) 643-6625

Office Hours
By Appointment

Office Location

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239


Year Started at Mercy College 1990


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University

  • M.S.N., Drake University 

  • B.S.N., Drake University

  • R.N., Mercy School of Nursing  


  • Registered Nurse Iowa Board of Nursing

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corp (2013 to present)

  • Coordinate grants for Mercy College

  • Accelerated BSN and Pre-Licensure BSN

  • Community Health course clinical--Volunteer

  • Accelerated BSN and Pre-Licensure BSN

  • Community Health course clinical--Volunteer

  • Online BSN courses prn

  • Community Health course clinical

  • Past Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment and Grants/Distance Education (2007-2015)

  • Co-Chaired the 2014 Higher Learning Commission Re-Affirmation Self-Study and Site Visit

  • Major contributor on the 2017 and 2015 Iowa Board of Nursing Self-Study and Site Visits

  • Major contributor on the 2015 Collegiate Commission of Nursing Education Self-Study and Site Visit

  • Mercy Medical Center Institutional Review Board (2004 to current; past member/current sub)

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • 2011 to 2015 Co-researcher on Pathways to Healthcare-Iowa study, Telligan Grant

  • 2010 to present serve in the role of grant-writing coordination at Mercy College

  • 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 Co-Chair MCHS Research Committee

  • 2010-2013 Reviewer for HRSA grants

  • Dissertation focused on critical thinking (2002)

  • A Mixed-Method Study on the Meaning of Compassion as Perceived by Faculty and Students in a Small Health Sciences College. Group Poster Presentation: Mercy Medical Center’s Advancing Evidence Based Practice Program Series  (2010)

Recent Publications

  • Application of Cummins Model to Retain Limited English Proficiency Learners, Co-Presented at Higher Learning Commission Conference, Chicago, IL (2013)

  • The Low Down on Evidence Based Practice Presented at the 13th Annual Iowa Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Conference (2011)

  • Communicating Meaningful and Measurable Institutional Data to College Constituents, co-presented at the Higher Learning Commission Conference Chicago, Illinois (2010)

  • The Birth and Growth of a Collaborative Research Group: A Panel Discussion, Co-presented over ICN for Iowa League for Nursing Annual Meeting (2009)

  • Getting to Know You: An Online Orientation for an RN to BSN Program (Co-author: The Journal of Nursing Education, 2009)

  • Advancing Evidence-Based Practice: A Program Series (Co-author: The Journal of Continuing Nursing Education, 2008)

  • Integrating Mind-Mapped Care Plans as a Teaching Strategy: An Innovative Educational Tool as an Alternative to the Traditional Care Plan (Co-author: The Journal of Nursing Education, 2006)

Professional Memberships

  • Assisted in development of the Zeta Chi-At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (serve as Board Member/Member)

  • Grant Professionals Association (Member)

  • National League for Nursing (Member; Past Board Member)

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (Member)

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