Associate Professor

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Specialization / Certification
Health Services Research, Health Care Policy, Patient Safety

Highest Degree
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research has focused on the organization of healthcare institutions and systems of care, and how that affects the work environment, the quality and safety of patient care, and patient outcomes. Early work focused on national policy regarding underserved populations, patient safety and quality improvement, and end-of-life care. Several recent investigations are describing the impact of nurse staffing levels on the quality of care; others are examining the working conditions and work environment effects on quality improvement processes and patient safety.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications
(Selected from 21 publications)

2015 Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Weiss, M.E., Hughes, R.G., & Costa, L. Models of discharge care in MagnetÒ hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(10), 485-491.

2015 Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., & Holland, D.E. A conceptual model for hospital discharge preparation. Journal of Nursing Administration.

2015 Thongpriwan, V., Leuck, S.E., Powell, R., Young, S., Schuler, S.G., & Hughes, R.G. Undergraduate nursing student's attitude toward mental health nursing. Nursing Education Today, 35(8), 948-953.

2015 Hughes, R.G., Bobay, K.L., Jolly, N.A., & Suby, C. Comparison of nurse staffing based on changes in unit-level workload associated with patient churn. Journal of Nursing Management, 23, 390-400.

2014 Hughes, R.G. & Beene, M.S., & Dykes, P.C. The significance of data harmonization for credentialing research. Prospective Paper. Institute of Medicine.

2014 Hughes, R.G., Ryan, P.R., Fridlington, L. (2014). Reliability and construct validity of the Complexity Compression questionnaire. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 22(2), 291-301.

2014 Hickey, J.V., Unruh, L., Newhouse, R., Koithan, M., Lundmark, V., Johantgen, M., Hughes, R.G., Haller, K. Credentialing: the need for a national research agenda. Nursing Outlook, 62(2), 119-127.

2013 Hughes, R.G., Bobay, K., Jolly, N., Suby, C. Comparison of nurse staffing based on changes in unit-level workload. Journal of Nursing Management, Oct. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12147.

2013 Hughes, R.G. Improving Patient Safety within the Context of Everyday Chaos and Complexity. Creative Nursing, 19(1), 42-44.

2012 Hughes, R.G. Medication safety: considerations for pediatrics. In Cima, L., Clarke, S., (Eds.). The Nurse’s Role in Medication Safety, 2nd Edition. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources, Inc.

2012 Hughes, R.G. Chapter 7 – Evaluation of Patient Care Standards, Guidelines, and Protocols. In Hickey, J.V, Brosnan, C.A., (Eds.). Evaluation of Health Care Quality in Advanced Practice Nursing. Springer Publishing Company: New York.

2012 Hughes, R.G, Waxman, K.T. Insurance coverage and reimbursement in acute and non-acute settings. Waxman, K.T. (Ed.). In: Financial and Business Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice.


American Nurses Credentialing Center, Title: READI Study: Readiness Evaluation And Discharge Interventions Study (Co-PI: Weiss, Bobay, Hughes, Costa, Yakusheva), 2014-2017.

Academic Success Program in Nursing (ASPIN). Health Resources and Services Administration. Title: Academic Success Program in Nursing (ASPIN). Program Evaluator.

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