Roberta Christopher
Roberta Christopher, EDD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC, FNP-BC, EBP-C, CAIF

Associate Professor
BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing
Jacksonville University
  Caritas Colleague
 Postdoc Scholar Presentation

Dr. Roberta Christopher is an Associate Professor in the BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing at Jacksonville University. Roberta has been a nurse for more than 25 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), a board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-BC), board certified in evidence-based practice, and a certified appreciative inquiry facilitator (CAIF).

Dr. Christopher is a Watson Caring Science Post-Doctoral Scholar, completing her fellowship July 2020. Her postdoctoral work focused on the development of Caring FidelityTM 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.

Dr. Christopher plans to continue her research, with focuses on caring for joy, Caritas-Veritas fidelity and literacy, and nursing competencies (healthcare boards, informatics, and QSEN).

Dr. Christopher previously represented 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 research team. 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 AdministrationCochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing Economics, Journal of Professional Nursing, International Journal Review, and Resuscitation, and has presented numerous times at the international level.

Dr. Christopher formerly served as a Magnet Program Director leading the large academic medical center to their initial Magnet designation and subsequent redesignation. She also served as a nursing director over nursing informatics and research and led the same organization to a highly successful EPIC go live implementation.