Jacqueline Baer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Jonas Scholar

University of South Carolina DNP

Jacqueline Leonora Baer began her nursing career after graduating from the University Of Virginia (UVa) School Of Nursing in 1995. She worked in many areas of nursing and helped start the first Free Clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia. While practicing as a registered nurse she attended graduate school and earned her Master’s in Community Health at UVA. She practiced in acute care, rehab, ERs, hospice, outpatient clinic, home health, research and even a jail before returning to USC to pursue her advanced practice degree. Upon receiving her FNPC she began working with the poor and underserved populations of the Sea Islands in South Carolina. In 2000 she opened the first Rural Health Clinic in Charleston County and was one of the first nurses in the state to own and operate a RHC. In 2015 Jacqueline was appointed to the South Carolina Board of Nursing for labor licensing and regulation by Governor Nikki Haley. In addition to operating the clinic, she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice from USC with a focus in using the evidence weight protocol of obesity management in rural populations. Jacqueline resides on Johns Island with her husband and four elementary school age kids.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Other
Dissertation: Losing Weight with Five A’s (5A’s): Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist, Arrange framework and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health behavior change counseling

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