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Randy Jones

Assistant Director Community Outreach and Engagement
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 4055
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Dr. Randy A. Jones – Professor at the School of Nursing. Dr. Jones’ research and publications focus on health disparities/ health equity, prostate cancer, chronic illness, quality of life, palliative care/end of life care, and decision-making. He has received funded research grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the American Nurses Foundation.   Dr. Jones is currently an investigator on several grants, including Principal Investigator on an NIH/NINR-R01 grant that focuses on advanced prostate cancer and treatment decision-making.

Dr. Jones has held a number of leadership roles. He is a member of several boards, and a recipient of numerous honors, including being a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar Alumnus, National Advisory Committee (NAC) member for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, NAC member for the AAN’s Institute for Nursing Leadership, Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health, and the National Black Nurses Association Institute of Excellence Scholar.

Dr. Jones earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Hampden-Sydney College and entered the University of Virginia as a second-degree student where he earned his BSN, MSN, a Post-Master's, and a PhD in nursing, making him a triple `Hoo.

NR-Decision Navigation for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment Options using mHealth
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Nursing Research
February 06, 2017 – June 30, 2022
NR-The Use of a Decision Aid for Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy - On Behalf of Crystal Chu
Source: American Cancer Society
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2021
Extended Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer Survivors
Source: American Cancer Society
July 01, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research
Source: Commonwealth Cancer Foundation for Research
June 01, 2002 – December 31, 2015
Developing Cancer Navigation Support for RUral African American Elders - Sub from JHU
Source: Johns Hopkins University, The
July 01, 2012 – June 30, 2015
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
September 01, 2009 – June 30, 2013
NUCO 2210: Foundations of Nursing CARE
Credits: 3
CARE includes a focus on Compassion, Awareness of self and cultural variance, Resilience, and Effective communication for interprofessional teams. This learner-centered seminar course facilitates student exploration of professional concepts foundational to safe, high quality, patient- & family-centered nursing care across all settings and populations and to enhance student awareness of self within the nurse-patient clinical encounter.
NUIP 4420: Basic Research Concepts in the Health Disciplines
Credits: 4
The emphasis of this course is to understand the EBP process and its application to professional practice and research. Students will critique current literature specific to design, methodology and ethical standards; frame a research question relevant to their area of practice, search for evidence, and appraise the evidence using a defined template; and explore a variety of methods to disseminate evidence-based practice in their practice setting.
GCNL 5220: Leading Teams
Credits: 1
This course introduces students to the nursing role in leading health care teams, and examines the principles of collaboration, coordination, and change. Students learn principles of delegation, interdisciplinary teams and group processes. Prerequisite: GCNL 5210
GNUR 6050: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the specialized knowledge in nursing including nursing theory, ethical principles, historical perspectives, and aesthetics. Emphasis is placed on relating these dimensions to the student's professional nursing practice. The role of praxis, empirics, ethics, and aesthetics in theory development is studied. The course goal is to prepare practitioners of nursing to interpret current literature of nursing and its application. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 9010: Mentored Study
Credits: 1–4
PhD students register for 1-4 credits of mentored study with a faculty member. The mentored study develops a topic through in-depth literature review. The final project is a manuscript ready to be submitted for publication in a professional journal. If agreeable with the dissertation committee, this publication could be included as one of the dissertation manuscripts for students selecting the manuscript option.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.

NIH/NINR lecturers (2020)

Davis-Sams Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Indiana University (2013)

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing (2012)

Oscar and Ruth Lanford Research Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2011)

Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund of Faculty Excellence, (2010)

American Psychosocial Oncology Society Fellow, (2010)

Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health Award, (2010)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2009)

Innovative Teaching Award, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (2009)

Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund of Faculty Excellence, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2009)

Southern Nursing Research Society Researcher of the Year in Minority Health Award, National Medical Association (2005)