Associate of Applied Science from Grand Rapids Community College, 2001
Janine Blakeslee joined Davenport University as full-time faculty in the fall of 2011. Her professional career began as a paralegal where she worked for 14 years at law firms in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2001, she became a Registered Nurse and worked for 15 years at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids with specialties in medical-surgical, oncology, and critical care. In 2004, she received the Jack Family Nursing Excellence Award. During her time as a nurse, she precepted many new nurses to the units where she worked and was involved in nursing education at the hospital. Janine knew that teaching nursing students was a path she needed to pursue and obtained her Master’s in Nursing Education to achieve that goal.
Janine’s teaching specialty at Davenport is medical-surgical in classroom, clinical, and simulation formats. Her teaching philosophy focuses on active learning and encouraging critical thinking skills in her students. She loves being able to teach the theory part of nursing to students in the classroom as well as the technical (hands-on) part to students during their clinical rotations. In 2015, Janine was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
As a life-long learner, Janine has obtained her Certification as a Nurse Educator (CNE) and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) at Walden University. Her doctoral study will focus on high-fidelity simulation and its effects on the critical thinking skills of nursing students.
- Jack Family Award for Nursing Excellence, 2004