Jane Kurz, Ph.D.


Dr. Kurz joined the SONHS faculty as chair for the undergraduate nursing program in January 2015. She has previously served as department chair and as an associate dean at Temple University. Her commitment to teaching nursing students is evidenced by her many years in the classroom and critical care clinical areas with several institutions, e.g., Temple University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Holy Family University, and Delaware State University. She received several training grants from the Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that benefited graduate nursing students and scholarship grants from Independence Blue Cross that helped undergraduate students. Funders for her research include the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association, HRSA, the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, and Temple University’s Dean’s Internal Grants.

Dr. Kurz’ publications and presentations have addressed many topics, such as end-of-life education program evaluations, student learning, medical-surgical nursing, international nursing, organ donation, and families’ involvement with heart-lung transplantation. She is a regular reviewer for Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Journal of Family Nursing, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Medical Economics, and Medical Science Monitor. Her international work includes two USAID sponsored trips to the Ukraine to address expanding the nursing roles in community settings and the 2014 Nightingale London trip with students to explore the historical and current health care system in England.

She has been a member of the Second Wind National Lung Transplant Association since 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. She is also an active member of American Nurses Association (ANA), Delaware Nurses Association (DNA), Sigma Theta Tau, and the National Council of Family Relations.

Areas of Expertise

Interdisciplinary theory
Evidence-based practice research
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Families & chronic illness


Ph.D., Family Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
MSN, Burns, Emergency and Trauma Nursing, Widener University, Chester, PA
BSN, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA


EBP Nursing Research for Undergraduates
Pharmacology for UG students
EBP Nursing Research for Graduate Students
Family Theory and Assessment in Clinical Practice (graduate)
Systems Theory & Change Theory for Health Professionals
Cultural Competency for Health Professionals


Kurz, J. (2014). Impact of organ donation education on US undergraduate nursing students. Progress in Transplantation, 24, 2, 1-7.

Kurz, J. (August 2014). Book review: Gift of lie: The reality behind organ retrieval. Second Wind: Airways, 23 (3), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (July 2013). Leading a normal life: the story of Stan & Linda. Second Wind: Airways, 21 (4), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (March 2013). Social support for transplant families. Second Wind: Airways, 21 (1), 1-3.

Kurz, J. (January 2013). Considering pregnancy after a lung transplant. Second Wind: Airways, 21 (1), 3-9.

Kurz, J. (2012). Older adolescents’ experiences living with a parent who is a transplant patient. Progress in Transplantation, 22, 244-251.

Patterson, F., Wileyto, E., Segal, J., Kurz, J., Glanz, L., & Hanlon. A. (2010). Intention to quit smoking: Role of personal and family member cancer diagnosis. Health Education Research, 25, 792-802.

Kurz, J. (May, 2007). Ethics and research: The blind review process. The DNA Reporter, 32 (2), 14.

Kurz, J. & Hayes, E. (2006). End of life issues in action: Impact of education. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. (an on-line journal). http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol3/iss1/art18


Kurz, J. (2011). Death: Ambiguous feelings related to loss. In Martha Craft-Rosenberg (ed), Encyclopedia of Family Health, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kurz, J. & Shepard, M. (2005). Families and chronic illness across the lifespan. In S.Hanson, V. Gedaly-Duffy & J. Kaakinen (eds). Family Health Nursing: Theory, Practice & Research (Chapter 16). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.


Kurz, J. (July 23, 2015). Pregnancy after solid organ transplantation. Paper presentation at Sigma Theta Tau, 26 th International Research Congress. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kurz, J. (November 13, 2014). Reproductive Decision-making after solid organ transplantation: Preliminary findings. Paper presentation at Sixth Evidence-based Practice Conference. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Kurz, J. & Kurz, F. (October 29, 2010). Evidence Based Practice: Diagnosis and treatment of Clients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Presenter at Delaware State Nurses Association 2010 Fall Conference. Dover, DE.

Schaefer, K. & Kurz, J. (May 4-6, 2006). Outcomes of students’ professional development. (poster presentation). Fourteenth Annual Primary Care of the Underserved Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Kurz, J. (July 21, 2006). Impact of parental transplant status on older adolescents: a qualitative study. (Paper presentation). Sigma Theta Tau 17th International Nursing Research Congress. Montreal, Canada.

Kurz, J. (November 20, 2004). Impact of Parents’ Genetic Emphysema: Parents and Adolescents’ Congruency. (poster presentation). National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida.


Green, J. (executive programmer). (2006, November). In Focus with Steve Highsmith: The Nursing Shortage. (Television Broadcast) Philadelphia: WCAU & PHL17 Broadcasting.

Honors, Awards

2014 St. Hubert High School, Alumni Hall of Fame.
2011 Holy Family University Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award
2009-2010 Temple University International Educators’ Academy
2003-2004 Leadership Fellow in the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs