Janna Schemper

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Education

M.S.N., Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, 2014
B.S.N., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2005

Associated Academic Programs

Nursing

As a registered nurse, Janna Schemper notes the importance of caring for a patient beyond only physical care.

“In addition to meeting physical needs, the importance of assessing a patient’s access to housing, food, medications, and transportation to follow-up medical appointments is crucial,” said Schemper.

Her experiences as a registered nurse have allowed Schemper to view the diversity in every patient’s needs, something that she wishes to teach her students to recognize.

“It is valuable to learn how to anticipate and assess patient needs beyond the immediate physical needs,” she said. “Meeting all [these needs] is essential to setting the patient up for success once they leave the hospital.”

Schemper, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Trinity, built on her degree by accepting a job as a registered nurse at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She has also worked as a registered nurse at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, and most recently, at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Recently, Schemper graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she also taught as an adjunct clinical instructor.

Each of these experiences has allowed her to work in a wide range of diverse settings, learning something new at each location.

One important thing that Schemper has learned and hopes to teach her students is knowing how to act in an end-of-life care situation and the difficult medical decisions that come along with it.

“Patients and their families often discuss many of these decisions with the nurse caring for them; therefore, nurses often find themselves in the midst of supporting patients and their families through these difficult decisions.”

Throughout her career, Schemper has found it necessary to assess the spiritual health of patients in order to better care for them. However, she acknowledges the importance of not forcing beliefs upon them.

“It is important to provide quality nursing care in a holistic manner to first meet physical needs; to serve and offer compassion. By meeting the immediate needs, a caring relationship has been established, God’s love and compassion is being shown to individuals through my service, and I know God is working through me.”

Teaching at Trinity allows Schemper to share this essential information with nursing students. She notes the significance of knowing how to respond in a way that displays ones faith through actions.

“It is imperative as an educator that I address these types of situations and equip students with the knowledge and resources to respond with compassion, dignity, and respect.”

Schemper and her family currently attend Pullman Christian Reformed Church, where she participates with the children’s ministry by volunteering in the nursery, teaching children’s worship classes, and attending a Moms and Tots group to fellowship with others.

Courses

Adult Health Nursing I Clinicals
Complex Healthcare Needs of Adults Clinicals
Foundations in Therapeutic Interventions Clinicals
Pharmacology

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Acute Complications of Diabetes.” Guest Lecturer, Trinity Christian College, 2014.

“Ethics in the Nurse- Patient Relationship.” Guest Lecturer, Valparaiso University, 2012.

Professional Society Memberships

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

+ Expertise

As a registered nurse, Janna Schemper notes the importance of caring for a patient beyond only physical care.

“In addition to meeting physical needs, the importance of assessing a patient’s access to housing, food, medications, and transportation to follow-up medical appointments is crucial,” said Schemper.

Her experiences as a registered nurse have allowed Schemper to view the diversity in every patient’s needs, something that she wishes to teach her students to recognize.

“It is valuable to learn how to anticipate and assess patient needs beyond the immediate physical needs,” she said. “Meeting all [these needs] is essential to setting the patient up for success once they leave the hospital.”

Schemper, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Trinity, built on her degree by accepting a job as a registered nurse at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She has also worked as a registered nurse at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, and most recently, at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Recently, Schemper graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she also taught as an adjunct clinical instructor.

Each of these experiences has allowed her to work in a wide range of diverse settings, learning something new at each location.

One important thing that Schemper has learned and hopes to teach her students is knowing how to act in an end-of-life care situation and the difficult medical decisions that come along with it.

“Patients and their families often discuss many of these decisions with the nurse caring for them; therefore, nurses often find themselves in the midst of supporting patients and their families through these difficult decisions.”

Throughout her career, Schemper has found it necessary to assess the spiritual health of patients in order to better care for them. However, she acknowledges the importance of not forcing beliefs upon them.

“It is important to provide quality nursing care in a holistic manner to first meet physical needs; to serve and offer compassion. By meeting the immediate needs, a caring relationship has been established, God’s love and compassion is being shown to individuals through my service, and I know God is working through me.”

Teaching at Trinity allows Schemper to share this essential information with nursing students. She notes the significance of knowing how to respond in a way that displays ones faith through actions.

“It is imperative as an educator that I address these types of situations and equip students with the knowledge and resources to respond with compassion, dignity, and respect.”

Schemper and her family currently attend Pullman Christian Reformed Church, where she participates with the children’s ministry by volunteering in the nursery, teaching children’s worship classes, and attending a Moms and Tots group to fellowship with others.

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

Adult Health Nursing I Clinicals
Complex Healthcare Needs of Adults Clinicals
Foundations in Therapeutic Interventions Clinicals
Pharmacology

Papers Published and/or Presented

“Acute Complications of Diabetes.” Guest Lecturer, Trinity Christian College, 2014.

“Ethics in the Nurse- Patient Relationship.” Guest Lecturer, Valparaiso University, 2012.

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Memberships

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses