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  • Janet Harris, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    Harris_Janet2Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Practice and Community Engagement


    • Phone: (601) 815-4122
    • Fax: (601) 984-6191
    • E-mail: jyharris@umc.edu
    • Office: Jackson campus


    Dr. Janet Harris has over 40 years of nursing experience - most of which has been in management at University Hospital and Baptist Health Systems. She worked for more than eight years as a national consultant for Cardinal Health and served as the national director of Nursing Professional Services. She returned to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2007 as the Chief Nursing Executive Officer of the University Hospitals and Health System. She also serves as Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the UMMC School of Nursing. Harris completed her DNP, Executive Track, at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Active for many years in community and professional organizations, Harris completed four years on the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics and as a Magnet Commissioner with ANCC (2010). She also served as a commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. She is a past president of the Mississippi Nurses' Association and Nurses' Foundation. She was recently selected as president-elect of the Mississippi Organization of Nurse Executives; as a result she was appointed the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Hospital Association. She has been active in the American Organization of Nurse Executives by serving on the Bylaws Committee, Patient Care Delivery Model Task Force, Patient Safety Committee, Institute Operations Committee, the Hospital Pursuit of Excellence Committee and the Professional Practice Committee. She currently serves on the board of the Mississippi Organization of Nurse Executives, March of Dimes, the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and the Executive Leadership Team for Go Red for Women.

    Harris has numerous awards to her credit including Alumnus of the Decade (1980s) for the UMMC School of Nursing and the Nurse Executive Recognition Award from the Mississippi Hospital Association. She has been named as one of Mississippi's Top 50 Business Women twice. Recent publications include a chapter on organizational design, along with Mary Scott, in Nursing Management: Principles and Practice (AJN, Book of the Year) and co-author of “Empirical Outcomes” in Magnet: The Next Generation -Nurses Making the Difference.