Nursing Research

Nursing Research at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health (RWJBH) guides our clinical nursing practice, and our clinical nursing practice generates the questions and direction for our research. This inquiry allows us to bring the best science to the bedside through the critical review of evidence. Each of the 11 hospitals in RWJBH has a Nursing Research committee and an overarching Nursing Research Collaborative. The Nursing Research Collaborative ensures that nursing research, evidence based practice and scholarly inquiry are occurring across the system. The nursing research infrastructure helps to ensure that the necessary resources are available to our front line staff through the support and work guided by nursing leadership and faculty from Rutgers, The State University School of Nursing (RUSON). The collaborative is instrumental in developing an annual Nursing Research Symposium that provides a forum for nurses to disseminate research findings to their peers.

Contacts and consultation:

Mary Beth Russell PhD, MA, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Vice President

The Center for Professional Development Innovation and Research
RWJBarnabas Health, Northern Region
973.322.4373 | 201.247.6067

Published Research Studies

Nursing Research

Presentation by Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, Watson Caring Science Institute at Clara Maass Medical Center. Left to right: Donna Vega MSN, RN, Roxana Gonzalez MSN, RN, CCRN, Jean Watson, Lea Rodriguez MAS, RN, CNO, CMMC, Ronnie Castro MSN, RN, Jillian Pizzi BA, BSN, RN, Rennuel Razal BSN, RN

Nursing Research conducted at our affiliate health care centers continues to improve the care and treatment of our patients. Establishing evidence-based practice research/programs provide a foundation for advancing nursing practice to a higher level of professionalism.

Our Nursing Research Council, comprised of members from various nurse specialties, nurse levels, and academia is committed to promoting, empowering, educating and mentoring the staff in the value of research and evidence-based practice.

Nursing Research

Left to right: Donna Feinblum RNC-LRN & Diana De Guzman RNC-LRN, CMMC “The Influence of journaling on caring connections between mothers and newborns separated during a hospital stay,” was presented at the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives on 6/14/13.

Nursing Research Council Membership:

  • R. Gonzalez, MSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Nurse Educator, CMMC – Chair
  • M. Cueman, Ph.D, RN, Associate Professor, Felician College
  • C. Filippone, DNP, ANP, RN, CIC, Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control, CMC
  • J. Jaeger, DrPH, Associate VP Research, Associate VP Academic Affairs, MMC
  • S. Hernandez, MSN, RN, AVP Nursing Education, NBIMC
  • C. Huebner, BSN, RN, CHPN, Clinical Data Manager, Hospice and Palliative Care
  • A. Macaluso, MSN, APRN-BC, Director of Psychiatric Education, Behavioral Health
  • P. Marcelle, MSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Educator, MMC
  • M. Russell, Ph.D, RN, Director of Nursing Education and Research, CBMC and Vice President Clinical Education & Nursing Research
  • D. Vega, MSN, RN, Director of Education, CMMC
  • L. Wright-Brown, MSN, RN-BC, Education Manager, CBMC
  • J. Urbanowicz, RN, Ph.D, Regional Director of Education, MMCSC, MMC


  • To continually improve the quality of nursing care in the practice setting within our system through evidence-based practice, research and scholarly activity.


  • Educate staff so they understand the value of and the impact that evidence-based practice research can have on patient care and their work environnment.
  • Engage the staff so that evidence-based practices are mastered and sustained.
  • Foster staff participation in the evidence-based/research process from identifying practice issues to evaluating results.
  • For a list of the current Nursing Research/Evidence-Based projects (pdf) within our system click here.

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  • Nursing Research
    Presentation by Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, Watson Caring Science Institute at Clara Maass Medical Center on March 27, 2013.Left to right: Lea Rodriguez MAS, RN, CNO, CMMC, Donna Vega MSN, RN, CMMC, Jean Watson, Judith Mundie MEd., MA, RN-BC, VP Patient Care Services, Nursing Education, Roxana Gonzalez MSN, RN, CCRN, CMMC
    Nursing Research
    Presentation, "Does Education for Patient Care Technicians Reduce the Rate of Pressure Ulcers in an Acute Cate Setting?" by Joseph Cagliostro, MSN, RN-BC and Donna Weeks, DNP, RN, APN, MMC at the Organization of Nurse Executives Research Day Conference on 6/14/13.
    “Critical Incident Stress Debriefing on Nursing Healthcare Environment Perspectives” was presented at the 11th Annual New Jersey Organization of Nursing Executives Research Conference on 6/14/13. Left to Right: Rennuel Razal BSN, RN & Roxana Gonzalez MSN, RN-CCRN
  • Ronnie Castro, Jillian Pizzi, Debbie Golaszewski, Carole Gaudet, Roxana Gonzalez and Arlene Mangino

    Ronnie Castro, Jillian Pizzi, Debbie Golaszewski, Carole Gaudet, Roxana Gonzalez, Arlene Mangino, Clara Maass Medical Center Research Presentation at Seton Hall, 2011

    The Council also sponsors a Nursing Research Conference in which our nurses learn more about nursing research through continuing education topics. They also demonstrate via poster presentation the application of current research in their practice environment.

    NJ State Nurses Convention Katie Cowles, BSN, RN and Anne Macaluso, MSN, APRN-BC

    2011 New Jersey State Nurses Convention: MMCSC Behavioral Health: Research with Anne Macaluso, MSN, APRN-BC and Katie Cowles, BSN, RN

    Mary Ann Kaufmann

    Mary Ann Kaufmann presenting her Research at the Organization of Nurse Executives. (MMCSC), 2011