Jamie S. Myers
Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Jamie S. Myers, PhD’10, MN’84, BSN’80
Research Associate Professor
KU School of Nursing
University of Kansas Medical Center
Jamie Myers knew from an early age she wanted to become a nurse. Completing a nursing assistant course at Kansas City Vocational Technical School the summer before she started nursing school and beginning to work on the oncology unit at the University of Kansas Medical Center (now The University of Kansas Hospital) confirmed she’d found her calling as well as a passion for oncology. Serendipitously, her first rotation at the University of Kansas School of Nursing was on the oncology unit.
After earning a bachelor of science in nursing from KU School of Nursing in 1980, Myers assumed her first position as a staff nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Salina, Kansas. Four years later, she took advantage of the nursing school’s distance learning program to complete her master’s degree in medical-surgical nursing with an emphasis in oncology. She then was chosen to develop the first clinical nurse specialist role at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas. Deeply involved in the community, Myers established and served as the inaugural president of the Kansas Capitol Area Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. She helped create a chemotherapy certification program and an annual regional oncology continuing education symposium that reached more than 900 health care professionals over seven years.
After working in the acute care setting for more than two decades, Myers joined Novartis Oncology, where she rose from regional to national accounts scientific director supporting oncology clinical trials. While working full-time, she completed her PhD in 2010 from KU School of Nursing, then retired from the company to pursue postdoctoral fellowship training in cancer survivorship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.
Dr. Myers joined KU School of Nursing faculty in 2016. Now an associate research professor, she dedicates her research to symptom management and survivorship care for adults diagnosed with cancer and oversees a research program she established that studies the cognitive effects of cancer and cancer therapy. She also mentors doctoral and postdoctoral learners with an interest in oncology. A sought after international and national presenter and educator, Dr. Myers is credited with 52 peer-reviewed publications that have generated over 1,400 citations.
For her contributions to the profession, Dr. Myers was named as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. She also was a recipient of a 2021 KU Medical Center Investigator Research Faculty Award.
“Recognition as a Nursing Distinguished Alumna is particularly poignant given the sustained education and mentorship provided by the faculty over the past 44 years,” Dr. Myers said. “Special thanks go to Drs. Rita Clifford, Anita Wingate, Cynthia Teel, Marge Bott, Barbara Polivka and Sally Maliski for their incredible mentorship and support.”
Myers lives with her husband, Alan, in Edwardsville, Kansas.