Joan McCleish, PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Dean of Graduate Nursing, Professor
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239
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
Higher Learning Commission Peer Review Corp (2013 to present)
Past Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment and Grants/Distance Education (2007-2015) Major Contributor for Self-Studies and Accreditation Site Visits for: Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Collegiate Commission of Nursing (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)
Mercy Medical Center Institutional Review Board (Past Member)
Assisted with development of the Mercy College Institutional Review Board (IRB); Serve as Current Chair of the IRB
2011 to 2015 Co-researcher on Pathways to Healthcare-Iowa study, funded through a Telligan Grant
MCHS Research Advisory Council (assisted in formation of Council and past Chair)
Reviewer for HRSA grants (Past)
Dissertation focused on critical thinking (2002)
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)
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)
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)
Assisted in development of Mercy College/Grand View Zeta Chi-At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (Past Board Member/Current Member)
Iowa League for Nursing/National League for Nursing (Member; Past Board Member)
Iowa Nursing Association (Member)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.
Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.
Mercy College is a Catholic, accredited, nonprofit institution of higher learning.