Janice Wiegmann, Ph.D., R.N.

Photo of Janice Wiegmann, Ph.D.Professor of Nursing

Office: Nursing House, 1st Floor

Phone: (618) 537-6842


Ph.D., Saint Louis University

M.S.N., Saint Louis University

B.S.N., St. Xavier University

Personal Quotations

“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” ~ Samuel Ullman

“Good things come to those who wait.” ~ My mother

Teaching Interest

For the past several years my main focus has been the family and community health courses (NSG 420 & NSG 450), including assisting students to develop educational programs in the community (NSG 470). My other favorites are transcultural nursing (NSG 345), ethical/legal issues (NSG 405), and leadership (NSG 400). I also enjoy teaching three elective courses, two focusing on nursing history (NSG 360 & NSG 430) and the other on patient teaching (NSG 335). At the MSN level, I have concentrated on cultural diversity (NSG 504) and health promotion/disease prevention (NSG 503). Over the past five years I’ve become more involved in online learning.

Research Interest

In keeping with my teaching interests, my research interests are in the area of family health promotion.


Wiegmann, J. (2004). Health promotion of families in rural settings. In P. J. Bomar (Ed.) Promoting Health in Families (3rd ed.) (pp. 581-604). Philadelphia: Saunders.

Wiegmann, J. (2005). Benefits and Barriers of Online Learning in a BSN Completion Program” Illinois Online Conference Proceedings, Illinois Online Conference 2005


“Technology in a Baccalaureate Completion Program in a Liberal Arts College”, Seattle, WA, 2006

“Benefits and Barriers of Online Learning in a BSN Completion Program” Illinois Online Conference; Learning Times Network, 2005

“God Put Me On This Earth…” Honors Convocation Address, McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, 2001

“Health and Well-Being of Rural Families” – paper presentation at the 5th International Family Nursing Conference: Chicago, IL, 2000

Teaching Philosophy

Respect and responsibility are integral to establishing a positive learning environment. Teachers and students are obligated to respect each other and accept the responsibilities of their respective roles.

I believe learning is a life-long process, but motivation is a key element. Higher education should be challenging but stimulating and provide opportunities for students to gain new perspectives so that they may “see higher and farther”. My greatest strength as a teacher is my ability to create a comfortable atmosphere, empowering students to develop a partnership of learning with each other and with me as the instructor. Knowledge is shared and critical thinking enhanced. In so doing, I believe I am a role model to the students, not only as a nurse educator but as a person.


Hall of Honor Inductee, Distinguished Alumna, Mater Dei High School, Breese, IL, 2003

United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award, 2000

Committees & Memberships

Member of ANA/INA; Sigma Theta Tau; Phi Kappa Phi; National Council of Family Relations

Delegate Director to Illinois Division of American Cancer Society and Secretary of the Board of the Metro East Region of the American Cancer Society.