Jessica Marsack, RN, BSN, Ph.D.

Jessica Marsack

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2336, 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 763-2231

Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Sexual and gender minority health
  • Internal medicine
  • Kidney failure & dialysis
  • End of life care

Dr. Marsack’s research has focused on the effect of stigma and discrimination on various health outcomes for sexual and gender minority persons. She is committed to promoting DEI initiatives to benefit this population, and has served on the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s nursing section. Her interests also include end of life care, which she deals with in her clinical practice. She works clinically in adult internal medicine at Michigan Medicine, with an expertise specialty in providing peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Marsack provides medical-surgical clinical instruction to undergraduate nursing students at Michigan Medicine. Her clinical instruction encompasses a perspective of holistic care for diverse patient populations. She finds it personally rewarding to share her knowledge, and to teach the methods needed to translate nursing theory into clinical practice.

Teaching

Jessica enjoys working with undergraduate nursing students, and finds it especially rewarding to create positive learning experiences to encourage growth early in the educational journey of new students. Her teaching philosophy is coupled with a personal philosophy to promote optimal student success. Her teaching philosophy is largely centered on Socratic methods and student engagement, and her personal philosophy facilitates student learning by aiming for anxiety reduction to facilitate honest communication. This is conducive to a culture of safety in a learning environment, which is critical to fostering student growth. In addition, she consciously adjusts activities and teaching style to individuals’ preferred learning modalities when able. This creates a more engaging learning environment than a standard, one-size-fits-all approach. 

Affiliations / Service

  • The International Nurses Society on Addictions (Member, 2013-2014)
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (Member, 2015-Present)
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (Leadership Board Student Representative 2016-2018)
  • University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (2017-Present)
  • Michigan Nurses Association (2017-Present)

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2018
  • BSN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2014

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