Aaron Gilligan, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Adult Health Nursing

Research Interests
  • Decision making under stress implications for training
  • Constructing reliable evaluation tools to validate learning
  • Human simulation with a focus on the impact of human factors on patient safety in health care

  • MSN, University of South Alabama (Nursing), 2001
  • BSN, University of South Alabama (Nursing),1998
  • ADN, MS Gulf Coast Community College (Nursing), 1985

Specialized Training

  • Certificate, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Quality and Safety, 2016

Selected Publications
  • Smith, K.K., Farmer, J.E., Jacobs, M., Gilligan, A. & Walls, N. (2008). Qualitative analysis of the charge nurse role. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 8, 101-114.
  • Smith, K.K., Farmer, J.E., Walls, N. & Gilligan, A. (2008). Clinical evaluation: An essential tool in emotional competency development. The International Journal of Learning, 1, 297-305.


Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Foundations of Professional Nursing
  • Foundations of Professional Nursing clinical
  • Clinical Nursing Skills
  • Health Assessment
  • Directed Study
  • Nursing Decision-making and Delegation
  • Adult Health Gerontology Professional Nursing
  • Adult Health Nursing II Clinical
  • Professional Nursing Practicum
  • Nursing co-operative liaison program

Honors and Awards
  • Teaching Excellence Faculty Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, 2007
  • Excellence in Practice Award, University of South Alabama, College of Nursing, 1998
  • Leadership award Student Nurses Association, Gulf Coast Community College, 1985
  • Academic excellence, Who’s who in American Junior Colleges, 1985