Donna M. Nickitas

PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Dean Donna Nickitas
Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden
530 Federal Street
Room 421
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone 
(856) 225-2248

Education 
PhD (Nursing): Adelphi University, 1989
MA (Nursing): New York University, 1980
BS (Nursing): SUNY at Stony Brook, 1976
AAS (Nursing): Kingsborough Community College, 1974
Expertise 
Leadership and Management
Health Policy
Nursing Education
Health Disparities / Health Equity
Civic Engagement
Service Learning
Biography 

Donna M. Nickitas, an exceptional administrator, a noted health policy scholar, and an energetic visionary regarding the future of health care and nursing education in America, is dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. Dr. Nickitas' long history of advocacy for equitable health care, exper...read more

Selected Publications 

Peer-Reviewed Books

Nickitas, D. M., Middaugh, D. J., & Aries, N. (2016). Public Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals. (Second Ed).  Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Nickitas, D. M., Middaugh, D. J., & Aries, N. (2011). Public Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals. Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Hogan, M. A., & Nickitas, D. M. (2009). Review & Rationales Leadership & Management: New Jersey: Prentice Hall Health.

Nickitas, D. M. (1997). Quick Reference Guide to Nursing Leadership. New York: Del Mar Publications.

Work-In-Progress:

Nickitas, D. M., Middaugh, D. J., &  Feeg, V. Public Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Health Professionals. (Third Ed).  Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Book Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Nickitas, D. M.  (2017). Pioneers in Nursing Education and Social Activists: Lavinia Lloyd Dock, Isabel Hampton Robb, & Mary Adelaide Nutting. In D. Hunt, Fast Facts About the Nursing Profession Perspectives in a Nutshell. (101-106). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Nickitas, D. M. (2017). Economics and Populations Primary Care.  In Lewenson, S. B. & Truglio-Londrigan, M. (Eds.) Caring for Population, (75-86).  Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Nickitas, D. M. & Burke, S. (2017).  Nursing, Policy, and Politics, Understanding the Connection: Nurses’ Role in the Policy Process. In Huston, C. (Ed). Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities. (4th Edition), 362-381. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Ethical and Economical: Calling the Profession to Social Justice. In Rosa, W. (Ed.) Nurses as Leaders: Evolutional Visions of Leadership, (149- 163), New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Nickitas, D. M., & Berger-Spinach, L.  (2015). Healthcare Costs Matter: Economics and Decision Making. In Lewenson, S. B. & Truglio-Londrigan, M. (Ed.). Decision-Making in Nursing. (2nd Edition), (pp. 181-197). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Nickitas, D. M. (2014). Nursing, Policy, and Politics: Understanding the Connection and Importance of Getting Involved. In Huston, C. (Ed). Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities. (3rd Edition), (pp. 365-386). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Nickitas, D. M. & Gardner, D. (2014). Health Care Policy and Politics: The Risks and Rewards for Public Health Nurses. In Truglio-Londrigan, M. & Lewenson, S. (Eds.) Public Health Nursing: Practicing Population-Based Care. (3rd Edition), (pp. 201-221). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles: Works-In-Progress:

Nickitas, D. M. & Villegas, M.  Service-Learning in Undergraduate Nursing Students Assigned to Community Outreach Clinics. Underview.

Nickitas, D. M., Dine, J., Villegas-Pantoja, M. Jones, S. What is the relationship between mentors’ qualities and mentees successful progression in a Nursing Ph.D. program? Underview.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Nickitas, D. M., Fealy, G. & De Natale, M.L. (2016). Psychometric Evaluation of the Service-Learning in Nursing Inventory. Nursing Education Perspectives, 37, (4), 201-209).

Rome, B., Nickitas, D. M., & Lawrence, D. (2016). The Financial Landscape and the Implications for Nursing. Nurse Leader, 14, (1), 33-37.

Caboral-Stephens, M., Whetsell, M., Evangelista, L.S. Cypress, B., & Nickitas, D.M.  (2015). U.S.A.B.I.L.T.Y. Framework for Older Adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing 8(6), 300-306.

Nickitas, D. M.  & Jennifer Mensik. (2015). Exploring Nurse Staffing Through Excellence: A Data-Driven Model. Nurse Leader, 13, (1) 40-47.

Nickitas, D. M. & Cohen, B. (2014). Remembering Grace: A Personal Reflection on Death & Dying. Nursing in the 21st Century. A Mobile Journal. 14, 1-8.

Anderson, R., Ellerbe, S., Haas, S., Kerfoot, K., Kirby, K., +. & ... Christopher, M. (2014). Excellence and Evidence in Staffing: A Data-Driven Model for Excellence in Staffing (2nd Edition). Nursing Economic$, 1-35.

Frederickson, K. & Nickitas, D. M. (2014). A Doctoral Peer Mentoring Program. nursing.jhu.edu/inden 2(2), 1-6.

Nickitas, D. M., Jacobson, & Stubenrauch, J. (2013). Getting Others to Write. Nurse Author-Editor, 23(3), 7-12.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Guiding Global Nursing: An Interview with Annette Mwansa Nkowane. Nursing Economic$, 34(4), 182-184, 198.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). How Nurse Educators Are Impacting the Future of Nursing. Media Planet: Future of Health Care. http://futureofhealthcarenews.com/news/how-nurse-educators-are-impacting-the-future-of-nursing

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Shifting the Curve: An Interview with David C. Benton. Nursing Economic$, 34(2), 77-81.

Mensik, J. & Nickitas, D. M. (2015). Why Nurse Staffing Matters: A Moral Imperative. Nursing Economic$, 33(3), 186-187.

Nickitas, D. M. (2105). Understanding Health and Payment Reform-Essential for the New World of Nursing: An Interview with Betty Rambur. Nursing Economic$, 33(3), 155-160.

Nickitas, D. M. (2014). Mentorship in Nursing: An Interview with Connie Vance. Nursing Economic$, 32(2), 65-69.

Editorials

Nickitas, D. M. (2018). A time to Make America Great: Address Discrimination and Life Expectancy. Nursing Economic$, 36(1), 5-6

Nickitas, D. M., & Ferguson, S. (2017). Investing in Nursing: Improving Health, Gender Equity, and Economic Growth. Nursing Economic$, 35(4), 158. 183p.

Nickitas, D. M. (2017). Building a Culture of Health Centered on the Patient and Family.    Nursing Economic$, 35(3), 109. 144p.

Nickitas, D. M. (2017).  Speaking Truth to Power: Implications for Nursing’s Values And Voice.  Nursing Economic$, 35(2), 54-95. 2p.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Searching for Meaning in Times of Uncertainty? Nursing Economic$, 34(6), 265-276. 2p.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Policy, Politics, and the Presidential Campaign: What's at Stake for Nursing? Nursing Economic$, 34(5), 213-254. 2p.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). A Global Health Agenda: It is Who We Are. Nursing Economic$, 34(4), 158, 189.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Mental Health is Population Health. Nursing Economic$, 34(3), 109, 146.

Nickitas, D. M. (2016). Taking Action to Reduce Gun Violence: It’s Just Common Sense. Nursing Economic$, 34(1), 5-5.

Nickitas, D. M. & Frederickson, K. (2015). Nursing Knowledge and Theory: Where is the Economic Value? Nursing Economic$, 33(4), 190, 239.

Nickitas, D. M. (2015). Ethics, Evidence-Based Practice, and Economics: The Metrics of Quality. Nursing Economic$, 33(3), 122, 131.

Nickitas, D. M. (2015). Predatory Publishing Practices: Are You in the Know? Nursing Economic$, 33(2), 70-80.

Nickitas, D. M. (2014). Investing in Nursing: Good for Patients, Good for Business and Good for the Bottom Line. Nursing Economic$, 32(2), 54, 69.

Nickitas, D. M. (2014). Navigating Nurse Staffing: A New Partnership in the New Year. Nursing Economic$, 32(1), 2, 39.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). The Politics of Health Care: Congress vs. Consumers. Nursing Economic$, 31(6), 265.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). Methods, Measures, and Metrics of Nurse Staffing: Uncovering the Evidence. Nursing Economic$, 31(5), 213, 259.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). The Cost of Care in America: $2.7 Trillion. Nursing Economic$, 31(4), 171, 170.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). Remembering Donna Diers: A True Trailblazer. Nursing Economic$, 31(3), 109, 154.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). With Our Voices and Our Votes: Advocating Gun Control. Nursing Economic$, 31(2), 57, 98.

Nickitas, D. M. (2013). Health Care Spending: The Cold Hard Facts on Cost, Quality, and Care. Nursing Economic$, 31(1), 5, 11.

Funding - External 

2017-2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant, Future of Nursing Scholars Nurse scholars, Cohort 4 (2017-2020), $125,000. PI. D. Nickitas.

2016-2019      
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant, Future of Nursing Scholars for two Nurse scholars, Cohort 3 (2016-2019), $350,000. PI. D. Nickitas.

2016-2017     
Health and Human Services Grant, Office of Academic Affairs, City University of New York, Nursing Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant, City University of New York,  $29, 995. PI: D. Nickitas.

2015-2016      
Health and Human Services Grant, Office of Academic Affairs, City University of New York, Nursing Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant, City University of New York,  $29, 995. PI: D. Nickitas.

2014-2015      
Health and Human Services Grant, Office of Academic Affairs, City University of New York, Nursing Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant, City University of New York,  $29, 995. PI: D. Nickitas.

2013- 2014     
Health and Human Services Grant, Office of Academic Affairs, City University of   New York, Nursing Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant, City University of New York,  $29, 995. PI: D. Nickitas.

2016 -2018    
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans. $40,000. PI: D. M. Nickitas.

2014-2016     
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans. $20,000. PI: D. M. Nickitas.

2012- 2014    
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans.  $30,000. PI: D. M. Nickitas.

2015-2016      
Clinical & Translational Science Center Weill Cornell Medical College, Nursing Award. Service-Learning Experience in Undergraduate Nursing Students   Assigned To Heart-2-Heart Community Outreach Clinics. $5,000. PI: D. M. Nickitas & Co-PI: Joseph Saladino.

2015-2016      
Sigma, Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant. What is the relationship between mentors’ qualities and mentees successful progression in a Nursing Ph.D. Program? $5,960.00. PI: D. M. Nickitas

2013- 2015     
The Office of the Academic Affairs Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Sciences, 2013-2014 Refining, evaluating and implementing a Doctoral Peer Mentoring Program for First Year Doctoral Nursing Students. $15,000. PI: D. M. Nickitas.

2013-2015      
Health Services Administration, “New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT)” $1.5 million (5 years). PI: D. M. Nickitas

2010-2012      
Health Services Administration, “New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT)” $1.5 million (5 years). PI: Joyce Griffin Soble and Project Faculty D. M. Nickitas, K. Nokes, & L. Sharoff).

2011-2013      
National League of Nursing, Nursing Education Research Grant Award. “A Multi-site Study of the Impact of Global Service Learning in Undergraduate Nursing Students.” $9,842.00 (two years). PI: D. M. Nickitas (Co-Investigators G. Fealy and ML. DeNatle).

2012-2013      
The Office of Academic Affairs, Office of University Dean for the Health Professions and Human Services, City University of New York. “CUNY Academic Nurse Educator (ANE) Institute for Scholarship.” $14,000.00 (1 year). PI: D. M. Nickitas, Co-PI Keville Frederickson.

2012-2017      
Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (TIR) National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, T32 NR013454. $1,315,741.00 (5 years).  PIs Elaine Larson & Lisa Saiman (Project Faculty: Drs. D. M. Nickitas, Kessin, and Myers).

Honors and Distinctions 

Professional Awards and Honors

2017 — Member, Herman Biggs Society, New York, New York

2017 — Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education, Connecticut Nursing Association.

2015 — Mary Nutting Award for Outstanding Teaching or Leadership in Nursing Education, National League for Nursing.

2015-2016 — Faculty Fellow, Academic Center for Excellence in Research & Teaching 

2013 — Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, National Academies of Practice.

2012 — Fellow, American Academy of Nursing.

2018-2021 — Presidential Appointee, Roosevelt House Associate, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

2015-2018 — Presidential Appointee, Roosevelt House Associate, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

2011-2014 — Presidential Appointee, Roosevelt House Associate, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

2011 — Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing Future. Invited Nurse Educator for a new webisode series featuring videos of real nurses, called, “A Day in the Life.”

2010 — Virginia Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

2009 — Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine. New York, NY.  

2009 — Distinguished Alumni Award Stony Brook University, Nursing. Stony Brook, NY.  

2007 — Distinguished Alumni. Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.

2006-2007 — Fellow, American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs. 2006- 2007, Washington, DC. This year-long program is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills in new and emerging administrators in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. Mentor: Dr. Heyward Michael Dreher, Drexel University.

1995 — Agnes Ohlson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing through Political Action, Connecticut Nurses Association.

1995 — Educator of the Year. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Alpha Phi Chapter.

1993 — Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) for Leadership And Excellence as a Medical Service Administrator.

1987 — Doctoral Scholarship Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Alpha Omega Chapter.

1987 — Air Force Commendation Medal for Leadership and Excellence in Nursing Practice.

Editorial Activities

2018 — Grant Proposal Reviewer, 2018 NLN Research in Nursing Education Grant Program.

2017 — Grant Proposal Reviewer, 2017 Sigma Theta Tau in Nursing Grant Program.

2008-present — Editor, Nursing Economic$: The Journal for Health Care Leaders, A. Jannetti Publication.

2006-present — Editorial Board Member, Nursing Economic$: The Journal for Health Care Leaders, A Jannetti Publication.

2004-2011 — Editorial Board Member, MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, A. Jannetti Publication.

2016-present — Manuscript Reviewer, Nursing Education Perspectives.

2011-present — Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Medicine.

2009-present — Manuscript Reviewer, Nursing Forum.

2007-present — Manuscript Reviewer, Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice.

2006-present — Manuscript Reviewer, Public Health Nursing.

Service to the Profession

2018-present — Board Member, Nursing Knowledge International, STTI

2017-present — Treasurer, Eastern Nursing Research Society

2017-present — Board Member, Regional Advisory Board for The Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing, The Rockefeller University University Hospital

2015-present — Vice-Chair, Nursing Section New York Academy of Nursing

2014-present — Co-Lead, Raise the Voice Campaign, American Academy of Nursing

2014-2017 — Director, International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation Board

2014-2017 — Secretary, International Honor Society of Nursing Building Corporation Board

2014-2018 — Member, Experienced Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (ENFLA), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

2013-2014 — Co-Chair Committee on Nurse Training for Boards & Commissions, New York Academy of Medicine

2012-2013 — Member, State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research Abstract Reviewer

2014-2015 — Member, State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research Abstract Reviewer

2012-2014 — Member, New York University College of Nursing, Building Campaign Committee

2011-2016 — Board Member, Institute for Staffing Excellence (ONE), 2011- present. Sub-committee on staffing

2011-2013 — Chair, Poster Review Panel for the Annual Connecticut Nurses Association

2010-2013 — Member, Connecticut Nurses Association, Continuing Education Committee

2010-present — Member, Special Interest Nursing Group for the New York Academy of Medicine

2002-2010 — Board Member, Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association

2009-present — Judge for the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Nursing Leadership

2009-2011 — Judge for the New York Times, Tribute to Nurses Awards Program

2008-present — External examiner for a Nursing Administration Doctoral Candidate (Higher Degrees Committee) University of KwaZulu-Natal School of Nursing, Howard College Campus South Africa

 

Certifications 
2010, 2015-present — Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
2013-present — Nurse Executive Advanced, American Nurses Credentialing Center
2008 — Nurse Executive Advanced, American Nurses Credentialing Center
2003 — Nurse Administration Advanced Board, American Nurses Credentialing Center
2004-2010 — Certified Trainer, School Nurse Asthma Management Program (SNAMP), National Association of School Nurses
1982-2002 — Nurse Executive Basic Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center
1979-2001 — Certified Childbirth Educator, Association for Psychoprophlylaxis in Obstetrics
1978-1988 — Certified Flight Nurse, United States Air Force Nurse Corp, San Antonio, TX
Professional Organizations 
American Academy of Nursing
National Academies of Practice
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
New York Academy of Medicine
National League for Nursing
Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy
International Academy of Nursing Editors
Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing
American Association of Nurse Executives
Connecticut National League of Nursing
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Connecticut Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Upsilon, and Alpha Phi Chapters