PhD Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas
MSN University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
BSN Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas
Dr. Garner is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing where she teaches Consumer of Research and Clinical Nursing 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.
Dr. Garner’s research interests involve building healthcare capacity in low and middle income countries, nurse migration, and teaching and learning models that transcend cultural boundaries. Dr. Garner has an ongoing research trajectory and partners with colleagues at Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) and the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing to build healthcare capacity in Bengaluru, India. Through this research, 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 recently awarded by the US Agency for International Development American Schools and Hospitals Abroad for $652,800 to build a Simulation Education and Research Centre in Bengaluru, India. Simulation is “an educational strategy in which a particular set of conditions are created or replicated to resemble authentic situations that are possible in real life” (Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2016). Simulation provides healthcare students and professionals with opportunities to perfect clinical skills and improve clinical decision making. This center serves as a site for interprofessional and cross-disciplinary education and research in South India. Additionally, 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. Dr. Garner frequently engages undergraduate and graduate nursing students in her research. Students have presented their collaborative findings in national and international venues such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), The British NCUR, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
* $652,800: US Agency for International Development (USAID) American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). Funding to construct the Simulation Education and Research Centre for Nursing Excellence in Bengaluru, India. 2016-2019.
* US India Educational Foundation (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.