John Connors


Lieutenant Colonel, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
Graduate School of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Phase II Site Director
Location: Other Location
Research Interests:
Vaccination Hesitancy
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2000 Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
2005 Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
2011 Master of Science, Nursing, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
2017 Doctorate of Nursing Practice, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Lt Col Connors is an Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University and is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. In this position he works as the Clinical Site Coordinator for Phase II Doctorate of Nursing Practice students. He provides his clinical expertise in steering curriculum and policy in the graduate medical education office at Keesler AFB, and he performs primary care duties in the family health, pediatric, and operational medicine clinics. As academic faculty, he facilitates professional collaboration with regards to evidence-based research and quality improvement projects.

Lt Col Connors is credentialed to practice as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Aeromedical Nurse Practitioner. In addition to fostering a scholarly environment, he has worked as a Military Treatment Facility Human Research Protection Officer where he was responsible for ensuring approved research projects were compliant with Air Force, DoD, Institutional Review Board, and facility requirements. His most recent publications/presentations deal with diagnosing, categorizing, and overcoming parental vaccine hesitancy. In addition, he has worked at numerous military treatment facilities in pediatrics, family medicine, and flight medicine. He has been the sole squadron medical element provider for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel, a pilot instructor training squadron, and undergraduate pilot training personnel.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

2018 AFDW (MAJCOM) Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year

2018 779th MDG FGO of the Year

2014 ACC (MAJCOM) Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year

2011 Dean’s Award (USUHS-GSN) for Research

Representative Bibliography

Connors, J., Hodges, E., D’Auria, J., & Windham, L. (2018). Implementing vaccine hesitancy screening for targeted education. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(8): 450-459.

Connors, J., Long, P., Bessmer, P., Raphemot, C., & Yarbrough, K. (2018). The DNP project: Students’ experiences. In S. Ahmed, L, Andrist, S. Davis, & V. Fuller (Eds.), DNP education, practice, and policy--Redesigning advanced practice roles for the 21st century (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

Connors, J., Slotwinski, K., & Hodges, E. (2017). Provider-parent communication when discussing vaccines: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 33, 10-15.

Connors, J., Arushanyan, E., Bellanca, G., Delgado, A., Hoeffler, A., Racine, R., & Gibbons, S. (2012). A description of barriers and facilitators to childhood vaccinations in the military health system. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 24(12): 716-25.

Faix, D., Houng, H., Gaydos, J., Liu, S., Connors, J., Brown, X., et al. (2004). Evaluation of a rapid quantitative diagnostic test for Adenovirus type 4. Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases. 38(3): 391-397.