Professor and Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair for Nursing, School of Nursing
Jane Grassley joined the Boise State University School of Nursing faculty in 2010 after teaching at Texas Woman’s University where she earned her PhD in nursing science in 2004. As a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), her research explores issues related to promoting breastfeeding.
Grassley’s current research evaluates effective interventions for improving the breastfeeding support that mothers receive from nurses and from grandmothers. She is particularly interested in evaluating supportive nurse behaviors that optimize the childbirth and early breastfeeding experiences of adolescent mothers and their newborns. She also holds a joint appointment with Women’s Services at St. Luke’s Regional Health System to collaboratively develop research projects with the Treasure Valley hospitals’ lactation consultants. These projects have focused on improving breastfeeding outcomes through supportive nursing support.
Grassley is currently serving as the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing. As the Endowed Chair, Grassley mentors colleagues in developing their research programs as well as pursuing funding for her own research projects.
Grassley has taught undergraduate and graduate students at Boise State, most recently in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. She enjoyed eight semesters of teaching a lab section of senior level undergraduate leadership course where her students collaborated with nurses in Women’s Services and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to develop and implement evidence-based practice projects to improve breastfeeding support. She is currently working with a team of nurses to implement a Family Bonding Time process in a St. Luke’s Health System hospital developed by one group of her students. As a teacher and nurse scientist, Grassley wants learning and research to be meaningful and enjoyable, transformational and collaborative.
Grassley’s research on grandmother support was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (2011). She was chosen to be a fellow in the 2012-2013 cohort of the Maternal Child Leadership Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She and a team of nurses implemented immediate skin-to skin contact between mothers and newborns in the operating room following a cesarean birth at St. Luke’s Regional Health System, which resulted in a sustainable practice change. She is currently investigating the development of online resources to support breastfeeding.
In her spare time, Grassley enjoys biking, river rafting, reading mysteries, attending the cinema, knitting and being a new grandmother.