Gayle Kipnis

Gayle KipnisPhD, MSN, RNC-OB, AHN-BC
Assistant Professor

Office: Holt 312

Phone: 530-898-5618

Office Hours: Wednesday 8-8:45am & Thursday 12-1:30pm



  • February 2013

I teach maternal-child nursing and nursing research at CSU Chico and absolutely love my students! I feel that my role is to support learning and encourage success. I am proud to say that our students are academically strong, very determined, and extremely focused on their study of nursing.

  • June 2012

I started teaching at CSU Chico in 2011 while I finished my PhD so I have been a student very recently.  I am very grateful to the Betty Irene Moore Foundation for their fellowship that paid my tuition, living expenses, and dissertation research costs during my four years at the University of California San Francisco. 

Nursing has been my passion for 40 years! I have worked clinically in ICU/CCU, ED, Med-Surg, Home Health, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics in both California and Arizona. I have held a teaching credential since 1980 and have taught nursing in hospitals, colleges, and universities. I love to collaborate and conduct research as well!

Research Interests

  • April 2013

My dissertation research explored pregnant women living at moderate altitude and how their sleep affects how they labor and deliver. My home for the previous 15 years was in Flagstaff, Arizona, elevation 7000 ft., where I was able to conduct my research in the same Labor & Delivery unit that I worked in for over 10 years. I am intrigued by the effects of altitude on pregnant women and newborns. Other research interests include postpartum depression, labor support, holistic nursing, and safety.


Kipnis, G. (2013). Knowledge Gained from a Labor Support Seminar (.pdf), International Journal of Childbirth Education. 28 (2): 69-72.

Smith, T., Kipnis, G. (2012). Implementing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (.pdf), The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2): 80-85.

Kipnis, G., (2011). Baccalaureate Nursing Students Learn Labor Support through Customized Childbirth Education (.pdf), International Journal of Childbirth Education. 26 (4): 56-59.

Beckett, C., Kipnis, G. (2009). Collaborative communication: Integrating SBAR to Improve Quality/Patient Safety Outcomes (.pdf), Journal of Healthcare Quality. 31(5): 19-28.


2013 Western Institute of Nursing National Research Conference, podium presentation, “Effects of Altitude & Sleep on Perinatal Outcomes,”Anaheim, CA
2013 Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Omicron Chapter, podium presentation, "The Effects of Altitude on Sleep in Late Pregnancy," Chico, CA
2013 Elsevier Faculty Development National Conference, poster presentation, “Baccalaureate Nursing Students Learn Labor Coaching,” Las Vegas, Nevada.
2012 School of Nursing Graduation faculty speaker, “The 3 Most Important Things You Need to Know to Be a Really Good Nurse,” California State University, Chico.
2012 Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) conference, podium   presentation, “Being Responsive to Student’s Needs: A New Professor’s Journey in Providing Active, Engaged Learning,” California State University, Chico, CA.
2012 American Holistic Nurses Association National Conference, poster presentation, “Baccalaureate Nursing Students Learn Labor Support Techniques,” Snowbird, Utah
2010 Western Institute of Nursing Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, poster presentation, “Discovering Holism within the Symptom Management Theory,” Glendale, AZ
2008 National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, plenary session, “Holistic   Nursing 101: Relax, Renew, Rejuvenate,” San Jose, CA.
2008 Sigma Theta Tau Southwest Research Consortium Conference, poster presentation, “Evidence-Based Practice Innovation Project: Collaborative Communication Improves Quality and Patient Safety Outcomes,” Phoenix, AZ.
2008 Arizona Consortium for Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice, podium presentation, “Implementation of SBAR Collaborative Communication,” Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


  • April 2013

April 2013 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Research Conference -Gayle receives the Carol Lindeman Award for New Researcher and is accompanied by her son, Russell

2013 Western Institute of Nursing – Carol Lindeman Award for Outstanding New Nurse Researcher
2011-12 CSU Chico Faculty Development Grant -.2 assigned time for Spring 2012 to complete research analysis and writing of dissertation
2008-11 Betty Irene Moore Doctoral Fellowship: fully-funded PhD program awarded for merit & scholarship; $180,000 over three years
2007 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award, one of three state finalists in Nurse Educator category
2007 Northern Arizona Healthcare, Flagstaff Medical Center; Outstanding Nurse of the Year

Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta Tau International; Nursing Honor Society - CSU Chico Kappa Omicron Chapter President-Elect
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) - nursing research
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA) - founding member

  • April 2013

April 2013

Gayle & her N314 clinical students in the Healing Garden, Mercy Medical Center, Redding, CA

Courses Taught at CSU, Chico

ProgramCourse Number
BSN Program

N313: Maternal-Child Nursing
N314: Maternal-Child Practicum
N342: Nursing Research

RN-BSN Program N425: Advanced Nursing Practicum
MSN Program Thesis advising


  • June 2011

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