Professor of Nursing and Graduate Program Director
At North Park since: 2011
With a background in nursing and biobehavior research, Jan Zeller brings her knowledge of, experience with, and commitment to scholarly inquiry to her students. Much of Dr. Zeller's work has focused on the mind-body-spirit connection. “I was drawn to North Park as a place where I could integrate my love of nursing and spirituality through the caring philosophy of the School of Nursing,” she says.
As graduate program director, Dr. Zeller leads onsite orientation programs for incoming students, introducing them to the School of Nursing’s caring philosophy, which is an underlying thread throughout the master’s curriculum. “Compassion is a foundational element of all faith traditions and, at North Park, students are supported in their recognition and affirmation of the dignity and inherent worth of each human being,” she says.
Students are attracted to North Park's small program, which affords them an opportunity to forge strong ties with fellow students and collegial faculty. Dr. Zeller believes that students are well-prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing health care system, supported by outstanding teacher-practioners, alongside their ethnically-diverse colleagues, and within a wide variety of clinical sites. Students have opportunities to work with patients from different socioeconomic and cultural groups, including the homeless and other challenged urban populations, she adds.
Dr. Zeller's professional background includes funded research, participation on national panels and research review committees, and numerous scholarly publications in nursing and other health care journals. Together, these activities support of her work with graduate students, both in core master's nursing courses and capstone projects. In the graduate scientific inquiry course, Dr. Zeller facilitates student development of proposals that could guide implementation of research, evidence-based practice, or quality improvement projects within clinical settings. She encourages and supports her students to utilize their capstone projects in their professional careers.
Dr. Zeller is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and Spiritual Directors International. She has ongoing involvement in projects related to mindfulness practices to support nurse well-being within academic and clinical settings.
- Post-doctoral Fellowship, Immunology/Microbiology, Rush University
- PhD, Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois
- BS, Nursing, St. Louis University
- BS, Biochemistry, University of Illinois
Zeller, J.M., and Levin, P.F. “Mindfulness Interventions to Reduce Stress in Nursing Personnel: An Occupational Health Perspective.” Workplace Health and Safety. 61(2), 85–90, 2013.