Pam Joplin-Gonzales, Ph.D., MSN, RN

Assistant Professor

Woodcock Institute Affiliate Faculty


Pam Joplin-Gonzales, Ph.D., MSN, RN

DAL 7817


Dr. Joplin-Gonzales is an Assistant Professor of Nursing on the Dallas campus of Texas Woman's University. Her research interest is the concept of clinical reasoning in nursing students and practicing nurses. Clinical reasoning is the process of assessing, collecting, and evaluating patient data in a way to form a conclusion about a real or potential problem. It is the ability to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Clinical reasoning is important as failure to rescue is the biggest problem in healthcare today.
For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted a Delphi study to determine the essential elements in the clinical reasoning process for Health Care Professionals. She is a mentor for the American Nurses Association, which provides opportunities for mentorship with new nurses and nurses with less than 5 years of experience.


Ph.D., Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
M.S.N., Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
B.S.N., Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Associate Degree, Nursing, Edison community College/Florida Southwestern State College, Ft. Myers Florida


Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Students; Clinical Reasoning in Practicing Nurses

Recent Presentations

Clinical Reasoning
Advances and Challenges in Scientific Research at Texas Woman's University- Private University Norbert Wienner, (2019)
Podium | Pamela Gonzales

Identification of the Essential Elements in Clinical Reasoning in Health Care Professions
SNRS conference (2016)
Poster | Pamela Gonzales

Development and Implementation of Hybrid Medical Surgical Simulation Experiences in an ADN Program
TCCTA Conference (2015)
Podium | Pamela Gonzales

Professional Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Texas Nurses Association

Honors & Awards

  • The Experiential Student Learning Scholarship, Texas Women's University (2019)
  • Faculty-led Abroad Course Apprentice Grant, Education Abroad Programs (2019)