Kari Jackson joined the UCLA School of Nursing as a Lecturer for the pre-licensure bachelor students and the Entry-Level Master students in the fall of 2020. She teaches a variety of courses, including Fundamentals of Professional Nursing skills labs, Physical Assessment skills labs, and Secondary Prevention. Jackson also serves as a Nurse Specialty Coach, providing one-on-one mentoring for students related to pediatric nursing, fundamentals skills, exam preparation and general nursing course work. Before joining the faculty team at UCLA, Jackson worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Emergency Department at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), a pediatric Level I Trauma center which receives nearly 90,000 visits a year. Jackson maintains a clinical practice by serving in the role of a Credentialed School Nurse for Los Angeles Unified School District at a public high school in downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, Jackson is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and is committed to advancing the CNL role in the nursing profession. 

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Fundamental Nursing Skills, Pediatric Nursing, Community Health in Underserved Populations, Emergency Nursing, Secondary Prevention, Ethics, Clinical Nurse Leadership


Master of Science in Nursing (MECN), University of California Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion, Indiana Wesleyan University


N150A and N150B: Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Lab

N174: Physical Assessment Lab

N160: Secondary Prevention

Nursing Specialty Coaching


Clinical Nurse Leadership Certification

Credentialed School Nurse, Los Angeles Unified School District

Certified Simulation Instructor

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Certification

Trauma Nursing Core Certification

Honors and Awards

Nursing Leadership Award, UCLA School of Nursing, June 2018  

Regents Scholar, UCLA School of Nursing, 2016-2018

Health Systems Auxiliary Scholarship Award, UCLA School of Nursing, April 2017    

Deloras Jones RN Academic Excellence Scholarship, Kaiser Permanente, December 2017

Community Service

Bereavement Support Group Facilitator for the MISS Foundation, an international volunteer-based organization that provides counseling, advocacy, research, and education services to families experiencing the death of a child. Los Angeles Chapter, 2015-2016

Academic and Program Development Chair for the Graduate Student Nursing Association, UCLA, 2017-2018

Community Outreach and Education Committee, CHLA, 2018-2019

Registered Nurse Research Council, CHLA, 2019-2020

Registered Nurse Education Committee, CHLA, 2019-2020

Professional Associations

American Nurses Association

Oral and Lecture Presentations Include

Fundamentals of Nursing: Evidence Based Practice

Fundamentals of Nursing: Managing Patient Care

Fundamentals of Nursing: Nursing as a Profession

Secondary Prevention and Screening Recommendations for Infants and Children

Secondary Prevention and Screening Recommendations for Adolescents and Young Adults

Secondary Prevention and Screening Recommendations for Cardiovascular Health

Secondary Prevention and Screening Recommendations for Unhealthy Substance Use

Poster Presentation: Identification of Human Trafficking Victims in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, January 2019

Poster Presentation: Improving Hospital Acquired Pressure Injury Prevention and Documentation by the Registered Nurse - A Quality Improvement Project, UCLA, March 2018

Skilled at teaching and testing Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (OSATS) including:

Oral Medication Administration, IV Medication Administration, Subcutaneous and Intramuscular Medication Administration, Providing Enteral Feedings, Inserting a Nasogastric Tube, Administering Oxygen, Teaching Postoperative Exercises, Performing Sterile Gloving, Obtaining Vital Signs, Administering an Enema, Pouching an Ostomy, Inserting an Indwelling Urinary Catheter, Performing Venipuncture, Preparing an Infusion Site for Primary Infusion, Administering IV Medications by Piggyback, Administering Blood Products, Changing a Central Line Dressing