WellStar School of Nursing

Annette Bairan, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP

Professor Emeritus

Email: abairan@kennesaw.edu



Academic Degrees





Georgia State University



Community Health Nursing

Emory University



Medical College of Georgia


Post-Masters—Nurse Practitioner

Emory University




Professional Experience




Professor, tenured, Kennesaw State University



Associate Professor of Nursing, Kennesaw College



Assistant Professor of Nursing, Kennesaw College



Instructor of Nursing, Kennesaw College



Recent Professional Activities



Publications in Professional Journals

Meeks-Sjostrom, D., Lopuszynski, S., & Bairan, A. “The wisdom of retaining experienced nurses at the bedside--A pilot study examining a minimal lift program and its impact on reducing patient movement related injuries to bedside nurses.”  Med-Surg Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, Vol. 19, #4, July/Aug. 2010.

Ballard, N. Bairan, A., Barnett, G. & Van Brackle, L. “The Effect of Education on New Chest Pain Mnemonic on Triage of Patients with Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Rooms.” Journal of Emergency Nursing, (In press.)

Long, J., Rozo-Rivera, A., Bairan, A., Holtz, C., Sowell, R., Curtis, A., & Fogarty, K. “Exploration of Commonalities and Variations in Health Related Beliefs Across Four Sub-Ethnic Latino Groups Using Focus Group Methodology: Implications in Care for Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes.” Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  (In press.)


Professional Presentations

Bairan, A. & Lishman, K. (Accepted for June, 2011). Homosexuality: An Exploration of Attitudes of Family Nurse Practitioner and Baccalauretae Nursing Students. (Poster) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 26th National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bairan, A., Boeri, M. & Woodall, D. (Accepted for April 6, 2011). When You Got Friends in Low Places, You Stay Low. (Paper) Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL .

Bairan, A. & Lishman, K. (2010, October). Attitudes of Nursing Students toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Persons. (Poster) Evidence-Based Practice/Nursing Research Conference, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.


Current Grant Funded Projects

NIH (R15 AREA) Grant funded for $201,000 for two years –2010-2011. Co-PI with Dr. Miriam Boeri, PI. The broad goal of this grant is to continue exploration on the patterns and social settings of methamphetamine (MA) use in the suburbs and associated HIV-risk behaviors, with an exclusive focus on female MA users.


Journal Reviewer

  • AIDS Care
  • Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • Association of Gerontology in Higher Education


Professional Interests



  • Methamphetamine use among women.
  • Diabetes education among Latinos.
  • Attitudes towards LGBT persons.
  • HIV interventions and models of disclosure.
  • Women’s health.
  • Primary care.


Teaching Responsibilities



NURS 7746—Research Applications in Nursing
NURS 8854—Primary Care Clinical Project
NURS 8851—Primary Care Residency II
NURS 8852—Primary Care Residency III

NURS 8853—Primary Care Residency IV