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Connie Roush

Associate Professor

Nursing | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Community-based transformational learning, health geography in nursing, families in health and illness, community health promotion, home health nursing practice, qualitative research


2005 Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1987 Masters of Science, Nursing, University of San Diego, San Diego, California
1982 Bachelor of Science, Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

1975 Diploma in Nursing, Riverside Methodist School of Nursing, Columbus Ohio


I have been involved in nursing education since 1987, teaching a wide range of courses. Currently I teach undergraduate Family and Community Health Nursing and coordinate multiple service-learning projects. In addition, I am part of a research team involved in the long-term evaluation of the community-based curriculum.. In 2009, I  developed and implemented a study abroad course to Thailand. I have practiced community/home health care, in diverse rural and urban areas across the United States. Prior to home health nursing I worked in burn, medical and surgical intensive care units. 


Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida Award

Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society member

Shattuck Scholar Award, University of Washington School of Nursing

Cole Scholar Award, University of Washington School of Nursing

Excellence in Teaching Award, Miami University Department of Nursing

Nurses’ Lamp Award for Excellence in Teaching, Point Loma Nazarene College, San Diego, California


Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
American and Florida Nurses’ Association
American Public Health Association
Community Campus Partnerships for Health
Southern Nursing Research Society

School Advisory Committee, Pine Forest Elementary School for the Arts

Pine Forest Neighborhood Association


Grants and Contracts Awarded


Kruger, B. J., Roush, C., Olinzock, B. J., Wilburn, K., & Wilburn, S. (2007-present). Evaluation of community-based service-learning curriculum. Granting Institution: University of North Florida Flagship Grant.


Paige, R, Roush, C., Brown, J., & Dortch, E. (2010) Pine Forest Community Center Computer Lab Grant. Granting Institution: Housing Partnership of Northeast Florida, $2000.00


Roush, C., Alford, M., Bear, N., Owens, A., Spaulding, L. (2009). The Go To Guide for Southeast JAX. Pine Forest Home-base, University of North Florida School of Nursing, Jacksonville, FL. Granting institution: Community Connections of Jacksonville, $2000.00.


Roush, C. (04/08 to 01/09). Learning to Finish: Focus group data: qualitative analysis report. Health-Tech Consultants, Inc The Community Foundation of Jacksonville.


Roush, C. (2008). International faculty grant to develop study abroad course in Thailand. Granting institution: University of North Florida, International Center, $2000.00


Roush, C.  (2007) Mapping paths of health care access for an underserved, immigrant community. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. Granting institution: Florida Association of Public Health Nurses, mini-grant $1000.00

Publications & Presentations

Roush, C., Olinzock, B.J., Wilburn, K.T., Wilburn, S.T., &  Kruger, B.J., (2010, December). A participatory approach to assuring content validity in a tool measuring nursing student service-learning outcomes. Paper presented at the  2010 Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science Second Annual Conference, Arlington, VA.


Kruger, B. J., Roush, C., Olinzock, B. J. & Bloom, K. (2010). Engaging nursing students in a long-term relationship with a home-base community. Journal of Nursing Education. 49(1), 10-16.


Roush, C., Kruger, B. J., Olinzock, B. J., Wilburn, K. & Wilburn S. (2009, June). Evaluating the effects of continuity in learning for nursing students in a community-focused curriculum. Paper presented at the Association of Community Nurse Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.


Olinzock, B. J., Kruger, B. J., Wilburn, S. T., Wilburn, K. T. & Roush, C. (2009). Building a baccalaureate community nursing curriculum using a participatory evaluation approach. The Health Care Manager, 28(1), 1-7.


Roush, C. (2008, August).  Discovering your proposal question. Invited presentation for the Chiang Mai University School of Nursing doctoral students, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Roush, C. (2007, August). Mapping  paths of health care access for an underserved immigrant community. Poster and paper presentation of project report for Florida Association of Public Health Nurses Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.


Roush, C. (2007, July).  The UNF home-base model.  In B. Kruger, C. Roush & B. Olinzock, The UNF community home-base model: Preparing students for community-based practice and partnering. Symposium conducted at the Sigma Theta Tau 18th International Nursing Research Congress, Vienna, Austria.


Roush, C., (2007, June) Invited participation in panel discussion on Community health, redevelopment, and environmental justice issues at Environmental Protection Agency Community Involvement conference, Jacksonville, FL.


Roush, C. (2007, June).  Considering health and place in nursing research and education. Invited presentation for the Chiang Mai University School of Nursing doctoral students, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Roush, C. (2007, June).  Situated practice: The family’s experience of home and nursing care. Peer reviewed presentation, International Family Nursing Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.


Roush, C., & Davis, C. (2007, April).  Home-basing in Pine Forest: An innovative and successful community-campus partnership. Thematic poster session, Community Campus Partnerships for Health conference, Toronto, Ontario.


Roush, C. (2006, June).  Educating students for “place-sensitive” community nursing care. Poster presented at Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Conference, Pasadena, California.


Roush, C. (2005).  Health, place and the practice of skilled home health care.  Unpublished Dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle.


Roush, C.V., & Cox, J. (June, 2000).  The meaning of home: How it shapes the practice of home health  and hospice care.  Home Healthcare Nurse. 18(6), 388-394.

Contact Information

(904) 620-2684