Janet Reagor, Ph.D., RN, is Chair of the School of Nursing. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing and has taught at Avila University since 2002. She has taught a variety of courses in the program including, research, healthcare informatics, development of the professional nurse, population-based nursing, and capstone practicum.
Dr. Reagor has worked as a registered nurse in many different roles and clinical settings. She has been a staff nurse on medical-surgical units, intensive care units, and in the Emergency Department.
Her interest in teaching began with patient and family teaching and led to a position in staff development in a community hospital. In this setting, she was responsible for new employee/new graduate nurse orientation and continuing education for all nurses at the facility. Prior to teaching at Avila University, Dr. Reagor was an instructor for nine years at a nursing school in Central Illinois. She also started an Advanced Cardiac Life Support program in this rural county and served as Course Coordinator and Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association. Dr. Reagor has volunteered as a nurse for numerous local and national Boy Scouts of America events, including summer camps and the 1997 National Jamboree.
Dr. Reagor received a BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1975, a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Illinois in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Kansas in 2010. Her dissertation focused on the perception of readiness for the practice of senior baccalaureate nursing students following a clinical practicum.
At home, she enjoys gardening, quilting, reading, and spending time with her husband and dogs.
I was inspired to become a nurse by my older sister. I truly never considered any other career. Graduating with my BSN in Illinois I began working in a small rural hospital with medical and surgical patients of all ages. After moving to a bigger town with a community hospital I became interested in critical care nursing and fell in love with cardiac ICU care and also found I enjoyed teaching not only patients and their families, but also my fellow nurses. I returned to school and earned my master’s degree and then began teaching at a small nursing school in Illinois. I was a BLS and ALS instructor/trainer and also served for several years as the Regional Trauma Coordinator.
In 2001, my husband and I moved to the Kansas City area and I began teaching at Avila University. I have taught a variety of courses for both BSN students and also RN to BSN students. In 2010, I completed my Ph.D. in nursing research/education from KU. From 2015 – 2021, I was the Chair of the School of Nursing. This year is a transition year for me as I will be retiring in May 2021. I’m looking forward to traveling with my husband and enjoying my “furry” children.