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Dr. Jessica Planas

Assistant Professor of Nursing
o: School of Nursing Rm 121
p: x2738


Current Research Interests

She has conducted research on goal setting during primary care visits among Spanish speaking patients to assist with chronic disease management. She hopes to expand her research to incorporate different ways to deliver effective health education during the primary care visit, in particular the utilization of wait time in the exam room. She also aspires to establish collaborations and partnerships that facilitate the promotion of higher education among minority students. Over the last three years she has also worked on various community based participatory research projects in both rural and urban areas in Nicaragua. The research in Managua has focused on various interventions with children and families to decrease the incidence of diarrheal and upper respiratory infections. In rural Nicaragua she has worked with various coffee farms, interested in the health of agricultural farm workers.


Courses Taught

  1. NS 112: Healthcare Delivery Systems
  2. NS 301: Health and Wellness
  3. NS 330: Public Health Nursing Clinical