Janet Harris has over 40 years of nursing experience – most of which has been in management and administration. She worked for over 8 years as a national consultant for Cardinal Health and served as the National Director of Nursing Professional Services. Janet returned to the University of Mississippi in 2007 as the Chief Nursing Executive Officer and served in that capacity for 8 years; during that period she also served for 18 months as the interim CEO. She joined the faculty of the School of Nursing full time in September, 2014 and serves as Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Community Engagement. In January 2015 Janet assumed the role of Director of the DNP Program and carried the program through a successful accreditation site visit in February, 2017. Janet obtained for BSN and MSN from the UMMC School of Nursing and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Executive Track at the University of Pittsburgh.
Active for many years in community and professional organizations, Janet served four years on the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics and as a Magnet Commissioner with the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. She is a past President of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association, the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation and the Mississippi Organization of Nurse Executives. She served for 3 years as a Commissioner on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Last year Janet was selected as the first Mississippian to serve the March of Dimes at the national level – serving on the National Volunteer Leadership Council. Janet has numerous awards to her credit including Alumnus of the Decade (1980’s) for the UMC School of Nursing and the Nurse Executive Recognition Award from the Mississippi Hospital Association. In 2017 she was selected to the Nelson Order for teaching excellence and is nominated for the Regions TEACH Prize.