Celebrating Caritas Colleague Roberta Christopher

May 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC, CAIF, CHTS-CP

Collective Joy through Caring Communitas
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Dr. Christopher is a Watson Caring Science Postdoctoral Scholar, completing her fellowship in July 2020. Her postdoctoral work focused on the development of Caring Fidelity™ in computer-based simulated case studies and electronic health records.

As part of her fellowship scholarly requirements, Dr. Christopher authored Chapter 17 of the second edition of the Creating a Caring Science Curriculum (edited by Dr. Marcia Hills and Dr. Jean Watson, in press) entitled “Simulation, narrative pedagogy, & Caring Fidelity™ – The new reality.”

Dr. Christopher also had a vignette story entitled “Breadcrumbs & Nine Lives,” published in Dr. Watson’s (2019) most recent book, Miracles & Mysteries: Witnessed by Nurses.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Roberta Christopher is an Assistant Professor in the BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing at Jacksonville University. Roberta has been a nurse for more than 20 years. Dr. Christopher completed her Doctor of Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction degree (EdD). Dr. Christopher is a board-certified nurse executive (NE-BC), board-certified healthcare technology specialist clinician/practitioner consultant (CHTS-CP), and certified appreciative inquiry facilitator (CAIF).

Dr. Christopher represents the Florida Nurses Association on the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) at the state and national levels. She also serves on the NOBC’s Impact Workgroup. Dr. Christopher served on the HIMSS TIGER Scholars Workgroup at the national level as a nursing informaticist. Dr. Christopher has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing Economics, International Journal Review, and Resuscitation, and has presented numerous times at the international level.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

Dr. Christopher plans to continue her research focusing on caring for joy, caring fidelity and literacy, and nursing competencies.


Jacksonville, FL

Recent publications:

She most recently co-authored two manuscripts:

  • “Transforming Graduate Nursing Education During an Era of Social Distancing: Tools from the Field” (with Dr. Lila de Tantillo)
  • “Academic Caring Pedagogy, Presence, and Communitas in Nursing Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Dr. Lila de Tantillo and Dr. Jean Watson)