Dr. Joanne Langan has been a nurse educator for 35 years. She was a member of a group who studied disaster preparedness in Israel following the 9/11 events. She is lead author of the text, Preparing Nurses for Disaster Management and Leadership and management in nursing (4th ed.). She has been a contributing author for textbook chapters focusing on Disaster Preparedness and Response. Her research and publications have focused on survivors of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin tornado. She has been an invited speaker locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. She is the Chair of the Education Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing (SADN) and an integral member of the Executive Committee of SADN. She continues to study nurses who have experienced disasters and to glean the lessons learned from these disasters to inform all nurses of best practices. In this way, the nurses are better equipped to prepare their own families, patients, caregivers, and communities for disasters and the appropriate response.
As a student advocate, Dr. Langan achieved a $2.1 million HRSA grant, “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students” (2016-2020). Most recently, she won a $150,000 MSBN and MO Dept. of Higher Education grant to pilot test a faculty sharing project for Psychiatric Mental Health expert faculty with rural Nursing schools in MO.