Stephanie Jeffers

Stephanie Jeffers, PhD, RN

  • Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Nursing Education (2011)
    Villanova University (PA)
  • MSN, Nursing Education (2006)
    Villanova University (PA)
  • BSN, Nursing (2000)
    Eastern University (PA)
  • Diploma, Nursing (1995)
    Diploma - Nursing

About Me

I began my nursing career as a diploma nurse in a nursing school and continued my education up to the doctoral level while working in several different specialties of nursing. My belief is that nursing is a vocation; I was called to become a nurse. This profession is inspiring to me, and I want to share my passion for nursing with others.

My philosophy of teaching includes having students feeling valued and respected while also giving back this respect to myself and the patients they serve. I strongly believe that if students are comfortable with me then learning can become an easier process. I value the use of multiple teaching strategies to engage students as well as reach those who learn in different ways. It is my goal for students to have an understanding of the science of nursing as well as the art of nursing.

Research Interests

My research interests include: end-of-life nursing education; end-of-life nursing care; and mentoring.


Jeffers, S., Black, S. & Alessi, G. (2022). End-of-life nursing education in US baccalaureate
degree nursing programs. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(6), E88-E90.
DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000940

Jeffers, S., Lippe, M., Justice, A., Ferry, D., Borowik, K., & Connelly, C. (2022). Nursing
student perceptions of end-of-life communication competence: A qualitative descriptive
study. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 24(3), 199-205. DOI:10.1097/NJH.0000000000000849.

Jeffers, S. (2019). Becoming aware of compassionate care through a patient’s story:
Reflections from first-year nursing students. Creative Nursing, 25, (4), 322-328.

Jeffers, S. (2018). Integration of a hospice clinical experience: Nursing students’ perceptions.
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 20, (3), 266-271.
DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000437

Jeffers, S. & Mariani, B. (2017). The effect of a formal mentoring program on career
satisfaction and intent to stay in the faculty role for novice nurse faculty. Nursing Education
Perspectives, 38, (1), 18-22.
DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000104

Jeffers, S. & Ferry, D. (2014). Nursing care at the end of life: A service learning course for
undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Educator, 39, (6), 307-310.
DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000088

Jeffers, S. (2014). Nurse faculty perceptions of end-of-life education in the clinical setting: A phenomenological perspective. Nurse Education in Practice, 14, 455-460,
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.03.009

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Sigma Theta Tau International
National League for Nursing


Mentoring Award for Academia – 2020
Eta Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Excellence in Research Award – 2016
Eta Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

In the Media


  • Stephanie Jeffers, associate professor of nursing, was recognized in the 2021 Region’s Talented Top Nurses list by Main Line Today in the category of education. Jeffers, who serves as director the pre-licensure undergraduate programs, was nominated by her peers through an online ballot ahead of a thorough editorial vetting and confirmation process. 

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