Lisa H. Gardner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Lisa H Gardner

School Of Nursing - Instruct


Office Hours

Ware-Rhaney Building, Room 118
Mondays  •  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays  •  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Current Semester Schedule

Professional Transition to Practicum
• 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Professional Career Development Seminar
• 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


About Me

Dr. Lisa H. Gardner is a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Nursing at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU). She is also a nationally certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. Dr. Gardner’s educational career has been devoted to undergraduate baccalaureate and graduates nursing education, and she remains committed to educating nursing students to become excellent healthcare providers. Her practice and teaching are evidence-based and focused on public & community health, minority populations, and student health. Dr. Gardner provides innovative teaching strategies to foster student-centered learning and teaching excellence in traditional and online education.

Dr. Gardner has served on several University and School of Nursing (SON) committees to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. She was instrumental in developing the first Nuventive course assessment module utilizing the University Nuventive Program Assessment platform. Dr. Gardner is a leader in developing an assessment culture to enhance the overall program goal and outcome of student success and certification exam scores.

Dr. Gardner’s passion is promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and illness prevention. Her research interest is Adolescent Male and Female Sexual Health, and she has published several articles on the sexual practices of adolescents and young adults. Dr. Gardner is also committed to helping the community and is involved in several organizations. She is a member of the Tallahassee Council of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN) and is the 2019-2021 Board Secretary. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Sigma Theta Tau International - Rho Kappa Chapter, Florida Nurse Practitioner Network (FNPN), Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Chi Upsilon Omega Chapter.

Areas of Interest

  • Illness Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Adolescent Male and Female Sexual Health
  • Young Adults Sexual Behaviors and Self-Esteem
  • Nursing Education Assessment


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2013
    University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nursing Practitioner (Certified), 1997
    Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1990
    Florida A&M University

Work History

  • Associate Dean – Graduate Programs – July, 2022 to Present
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Associate Professor, Tenured – August, 2022 to Present
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Graduate Program Director – November, 2021 to July, 2022
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Director of RN-BSN Program – April, 2021 to May, 2022
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Director of Clinical Placement – May, 2017-August, 2019
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Assistant Professor – May, 2015 to August, 2022
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida

Academic Accomplishments

  • Daisy Award recipient for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty | 2022
  • CRMC 30th Nurse of Excellence Award | 2018
  • CAPN Nurse of Excellence Nominee | 2017
  • Association of Black Nursing Faculty Journal Associate Editor | 2021 & 2022
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) Certification
  • Faculty Senator | 2019 – 2021


Courses Taught At FAMU

  • Transition to Professional Nursing (NUR 3805)
  • Promoting the Health of Populations (NUR 4671) – QEP course
  • Promoting the Health of Populations: Clinical (NUR 4671L)
  • Health Assessment (NUR 3064)
  • Health Assessment Lab (NUR 3064L)
  • Nursing Care of Children and Their Families: Clinical (NUR 4358L)
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice (NUR 3133L)
  • Primary Care for Adults Across the Life Span I: Practicum (NGR 6201L)
  • Advanced Health Assessment Practicum (NGR 5003L)
  • Role of Advanced Practice Nurse in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (NGR 5742)
  • Community Health Practicum (NUR 4635L)
  • Health Assessment Lab (NUR 3065L)
  • Homeostasis & Assessment Lab (NUR 3064L)
  • Health Assessment for Certified Nursing Assistants