PhD Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
MSN University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
BSN Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas
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Dr. Garner is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing where she teaches Consumer of Research in the undergraduate program and Servant Leadership in the graduate program. Dr. Garner has a passion for mentoring students through the research process and has supported student research presentations at local, national, and international forums such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
To learn more about Dr. Garner's work in India to develop technological health resources, click here to read the story entitled, Baylor Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Diabetes Mobile Health App for Use in India.
Dr. Garner’s primary research interest involves building nurse and health system capacity in India through the adaptation, design and testing of innovative technologies to transform health education and improve patient care. Dr. Garner has an ongoing research trajectory and partners with colleagues at Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) and the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing in Bengaluru, India.
Dr. Garner and co-researchers found health professionals in India seek to be empowered to use the latest healthcare technologies to improve patient care and have a strong desire for increased opportunities for continuing education and global research partnerships. Dr. Garner and partners in India used these findings to justify a need for funding which was awarded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to build a Simulation Education and Research Centre in Bengaluru, India. This center serves as a site for interprofessional and cross-disciplinary education and research in South India.
Dr. Garner was awarded a 2016-2018 Fulbright-Nehru Research Flex Grant to study the impact of simulation in nursing education on teaching and learning outcomes in India. This study resulted in the publication of an internationally validated tool to assess self-efficacy among nursing faculty globally and showed simulation education was an effective strategy for improving self-efficacy towards teaching among nurse educators in India. The full-text publication can be downloaded from International Nursing Review, the official journal for the International Council of Nurses at https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12455. These study findings were also recently presented at the Sigma Theta Tau 29th International Research Congress in Melbourne, Australia where the international research team was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Educational Research Award.
Dr. Garner’s most recent research focuses on moving health technologies from school settings into the community to provide access to disadvantaged populations. She recently collaborated with a multidisciplinary team from nursing, medicine, art, information systems, statistics and computer science to design and test a mobile health (mHealth) app to improve hypertension outcomes among rural villagers and urban slum dwellers in India. This successful collaboration and effective app also resulted in a recent grant awarded by the US India Education Foundation to design and test another mHealth app on the topic of diabetes. In addition, mHealth technology and other research projects will be implemented at the new Bangalore Baptist Hospital Women’s and Children’s Healthcare and Research Centre. The construction of this new center was also funded by USAID ASHA.
To view Dr. Garner's faculty spotlight video on "Improving Health Outcomes Globally Through Innovative Technology in mHealth Design," click here.
*$99,677: US India Education Foundation (USIEF) 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant to develop a mobile health application on diabetes for use in rural villages and urban slums in India. 2018-2020.
* $652,800: US Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). Funding to construct the Simulation Education and Research Center for Nursing Excellence in Bengaluru, India. 2015-2019.
* USIEF Fulbright-Nehru Research Academic and Professional Research FlexGrant: Evaluating the Impact of Simulation use in Nursing Curricula in Bengaluru, India. 2016-2018.
* $2000: Texas Organization for Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education (TOBGNE). Excellence in Research Grant. Perceived Strategies to Increase Retention Rates among Nurses in India. 2014.
Spies, L. A., Garner, S. L., Faucher, M. A., Riley, C., Millenbruch, J., Hastings-Tolsma, M., Prater, L. & Conroy, S. F. (in press). A model for upscaling global partnerships and building nurse and midwifery capacity. International Nursing Review. doi:10.1111/inr.12349
Garner, S.L., Killingsworth, E., & Raj, L. (2017). Partnering to establish and study simulation in international nursing education, Nurse Educator, 42(3). doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000333
Raines, M. Garner, S.L., Spies, L.A., Riley, C., & Prater, L.S. (2017). The Pad Project: A global initiative uniting women, Journal of Christian Nursing, 34(1), 42-47. doi:10.1097/CNJ0000000000000334
Garner, S.L., Prater, L.S., & Raj, L (2016). Perceived strategies to increase retention rates among nurses in India: A qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Research Society of India, 9(1), 71-83.
Prater, L.S., Riley, C. Garner, S.L. & Spies, L. (2016). Travel as a transformational spiritual event. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(6), 546-549. doi:10.1177/1043659615615403
Garner, S.L., Conroy, S.F., & Bader, S.G. (2015). Nurse migration from India: A literature review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 52(12), 1879-1890. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.07.003
Garner, S.L., Spencer, B., and Beal, C. (2016). A multi-institutional collaboration to promote undergraduate clinical research nursing. Nurse Educator, 41(1). 49-51. doi:10:1097/NNE.0000000000000192
Garner, S.L. (2016). Patient storytelling in the classroom: A memorable way to teach spiritual care. Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(1), 30-34. doi:10-1097/CNJ.0000000000000177
Spies, L.A., Garner, S.L., Prater, L.S. & Riley, C. (2015). Building nurse capacity through relationships, education, and collaboration. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), 653-656. doi:https://dx/doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.014
Garner, S.L., Prater, L.S., Putturag, M., & Raj, L. (2015). Perceived rewards of nursing among Christian nursing students in Bangalore, India. Journal of Religion & Health, 54(6), 2164-2177. doi:10.1007/s10943-014-9940-1
Faucher, M.A. & Garner, S.L. (2015). A method comparison of photovoice and content analysis: Research examining challenges and supports of family caregivers. Applied Nursing Research. 28(4), 262-267. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2015.02.005
Garner, S.L., Raj, L., Prater, L.S., & Putturaj, M. (2014). Student nurses' perceived challenges of nursing in India. International Nursing Review, 61(3), 389-397. doi:10:1111/inr.12117
Garner, S.L. (2014). Photovoice as a teaching and learning strategy for undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education Today. 34(10), 1273-1275. doi: 10.1016/j.net.2014.03.019
Garner, S.L. & Faucher, M.A. (2014). Perceived challenges that supports experienced by the family caregiver of the older adult: A photovoice study. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 31(2), 63-74. doi:10.1080/07370016.2014.901070.
Garner, S.L. & Traverse, R.D. (2014). Use of an evidence-based protocol to screen for sleep-disordered breathing in a heart failure disease management clinic. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29(3), 230-236. doi:10:1097/NCQ.0000000000000047
Garner, S.L. & Traverse, R.D. (2013). Health behavior and adherence to treatment for sleep breathing disorder in the patient with heart failure. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 30(3), 119-128. doi:10.1080/07370016.2013.806697
Garner, S.L. (2013). Picture this! Using photovoice to facilitate cultural competence in students. Journal of Christian Nursing, 30(3), 155-157. doi:10.1097/CNJ.0b013e31829493a0
HESI comprehensive review for the NCLEX RN examination (2013). (4th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Publishing.
One of four authors for this textbook that aims to prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam. Major contributions to this text included authorship of over 100 NCLEX style test questions.
Garner, S.L. (2012). A retrospective study of sleep breathing disorder therapies and treatment attitudes among adult heart failure patients. Retrieved from
Online Teaching and Learning Publications
Garner, S.L. (2014). Case study: Age related risks in the older adult. Elsevier Publishing
Garner, S.L. (2014). Case study: Caring for the older adult with Alzheimer's Disease. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2014). Case study: Caring for the older adult who is at risk for falls. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2011). Case study: Herpes Simplex Virus. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2011). Case study: A natural disaster in a small community. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2011). Case study: Bioterrorism. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2011). Case study: Home hospice. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2011). Case study: The role of the school health nurse. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2009). Case study: The emergent care clinic. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2003). Case study: Altered fluid balance. Elsevier Publishing.
Garner, S.L. (2003). Case study: Sleep disorders. Elsevier Publishing.