2631 E. Discovery Parkway
Bloomington, IN 47408
Kim Alexander Decker is a clinical associate professor in the Community Health Systems department for the IU School of Nursing, Bloomington. Dr. Decker received her BSN from The Ohio State University School of Nursing, her MSN and CNS from the IU School of Nursing (IUPUI), and her PhD in Education Psychology, Learning, and Developmental Sciences from the Indiana University School of Education. Her research expertise is in the area of community health nursing educational interventions and outcomes. Dr. Decker directs The Dr. Anita Aldrich Community Health Promotion Project, a communication assertiveness intervention and social emotional learning program in regional school districts affecting more than 500 students per semester. The program, offered in multiple school districts in Bloomington and the surrounding area, is supported by a foundation grant and is a collaboration among IU’s health sciences schools, IU Health, local public health departments, and community health organizations.
Dr. Decker’s teaching focuses on community health nursing in vulnerable populations in relation to social determinants of health. She is a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Chapter Excellence in Education Award, the Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award, the Dean’s Faculty Award for Partnerships, and the Dean's Faculty Award for Innovation.
Program Director, Dr. Anita Aldrich Community Health Promotion Project, 2016-present
Johnson, R. H., Vandenhouten, C., Decker, K. A., Drake, M. A., Hoffman, J., & Charles, M. (2020). Recommendations for Revisions to AACN’s Public Health: Recommended baccalaureate competencies and curricular guidelines for public health nursing, a supplement to the baccalaureate education for professional nursing practice. The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Public Website/Education Advocacy & Policy at achne.org.
Decker, K. A., Hensel, D., Kuhn, T. M., & Priest, C. (2017). Innovative implementation of social determinants of health in a concept based curriculum. Nurse Educator. 42(3), 115-116.
Decker, K., Hensel, D., & Fasone, L. (2016). Outcomes of a bystander intervention community health service learning project. Nurse Educator. 41(3). doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000232
Moorman, M., Hensel, D., Decker, K. A., & Busby, K. (2017). Learning outcomes with visual thinking strategies in nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 51: 127-129. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.08.020
Decker, K. A., Miller, W. R., & Buelow, J. M. (2016). Parental perceptions of family social supports in families with children with epilepsy. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. (December).
Decker, K.A. (2016). Reflections on caring in nursing: My personal journey. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. (December).
Work, J., Hensel, D., & Decker, K. A. (2015). A Q methodology study of perceptions of poverty among Midwestern nursing students. Nurse Education Today.35(2), 328-332. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.10.017