Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC

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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Administrative Titles

  • Nurse Scientist, Hackensack Meridian Health (dual appointment)

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BSN, 1995 Nursing, University of Rochester
  • MPH, 2001 Community Health Education, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • MSN, 2001 Nursing, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • PhD, 2014 Nursing, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey

Honors & Awards


2017 Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC)

2015 APIC Chapter Leadership Award at the Annual Conference

2014 The New Jersey State Nurses Association, Institute for Nursing’s 2014 Diva and Don Award

2014 Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., MD Medal of Excellence, Rutgers University, School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, College of Nursing

2013 Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research Awardee, Sigma Theta Tau 42nd Bi-Annual


2012 Dr. Dorothy J. DeMaio Research Fellowship Award, Rutgers University

2012 New Jersey Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NJHIMSS) Graduate Award

2012 Golden Key International Honour Society inductee

2011 NJSNA Region 6 Beulah Miller Award for Nursing Education

2011 Lloyd Family Nursing Scholarship Award, Hackensack-Meridian Health

2010 F.M. Kirby Academic Fellow, Rutgers University

2010 Mary V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award, Hackensack-Meridian Health


Research Interests

  • healthcare quality and patient safety
  • Infection prevention and control
  • missed nursing care
  • occupational health and safety
  • organizational culture and climate
  • Simulation


2018-2019.Title: Impact of Patient Safety Climate on Infection Prevention Practices and Healthcare Worker and Patient Outcomes. Columbia University, School of Nursing Intramural Pilot Grant.

2016-2017.Title: Impact of patient safety culture on missed nursing care and adverse patient safety events. American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant funded by Stryker Medical.

2015-2016.Title: Proposal for Development, Psychometric and Pilot Testing of Standard Precautions Climate and Observation Tools. APIC Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award Program.

2012-2013. Impact of Heath Information Technology on Delivery and Quality of Patient Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R36: 1R36HS021988-01.

Selected Publications


Hessels A.J., Wurmser T. Relationship among Safety Culture, Nursing Care, and Standard Precautions Adherence. Am J Infect Control. 2019; Dec 17. pii: S0196-6553(19)30974-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.11.008. [Epub ahead of print]

Weaver, S.H., Hessels, A.J., Paliwal, M., Marx, J., Hoffman,K., Wurmser, T.A. Nurse Leaders at Night: Preparing Administrative Supervisors and Understanding the Role. Nurse Leader. 2019; 17(5), 420-426.

Carter, E., Hessels, A., Cato, K., Cohen, B., Rivera, R., Larson, E. Evaluation of the Joint Nurse Scientist Role across Academia and Practice. Nur Outlook. 2019. In Press.

Hessels, A.J., Kelly, A.M., Chen, L., Cohen, B., Zachariah, P., Larson, E.L. Impact of infectious exposures and outbreaks on nurse and infection preventionist workload. Am J Infect Control. 2019; 47(6), 623-627. PMID: 30979563

Gilmartin, H.M., Hessels, A.J. Dissemination and implementation science for infection prevention: A primer. Am J Infect Control. 2019; 47(6): 688-692. PMID: 30850251

Liu, J., Larson, E., Hessels, A., Cohen, B., Zachariah, P., Caplan, D., Shang, J. Comparison of Measures to Predict Mortality and Length of Stay in Hospitalized Patients. Nurs Res. 2019; 68(3): 200-209. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000350. PMCID: PMC6488393

Hessels, A.J., Weaver, S.H. Missed Opportunities: The Development and Testing of Standard Precaution Case Vignettes. J Infus Nurs. 2019; 42(2):70-74. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000314. PMID: 30817422

Hessels AJ, Paliwal M, Weaver SH, Siddiqui D, Wurmser TA. Impact of Patient Safety Culture on Missed Nursing Care and Adverse Patient Events. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019; 34(4), 287-294.

Hessels, A.J., Kelly, A.M., Chen, L., Cohen, B., Zachariah, P., Larson, E.L. Impact of infectious exposures and outbreaks on nurse and infection preventionist workload. Am J Infect Control. 2019;47(6), 623-627. 30979563

Weaver, S. H., Hessels, A.J.,Paliwal, M., & Wurmser, T. A. Administrative supervisors and nursing unit-based managers: Collaboration and job satisfaction. Nurs Econ. 2019; 37(2), 67-76.

Hessels AJ,Murray MT, Cohen B, Larson EL. Perception of Patient Safety Culture in Pediatric Long-Term Care Settings. J Healthc Qual. 2018;40(6), 384-391. PMC6095833

Hessels AJ, Liu J, Cohen B, Shang J, Larson EL. Severity of Illness Measures for Pediatric Inpatients. J Healthc Qual. 2018; 40(5), e77-e89. PMC6095830

Kern-Goldberger, A. S., Hessels, A. J., Saiman, L., Quittell, L. M. Understanding of safety monitoring in clinical trials by individuals with CF or their parents: A qualitative analysis. J Cyst Fibros, 2018;17(6), 736-41.

Wilmont, S. Hessels, A.J., Kelly, A.M., Larson, E.L. Family Experiences and Perspectives on Infection Prevention in Pediatric Long-Term Care, Rehabil Nurs. 2018; 43(6), 307-314. PMC6221461

Hessels, A.J.,Darby, S.W., Simpser, E., Saiman, L., Larson, E.L. National Testing of the Nursing-Kids Intensity of Care Survey for Pediatric Long-term Care. J Pediatr Nurs, 2017; 37, 86-90. PMCID: PMC5681364

Hessels AJ,Agarwal M, Saiman L, Larson EL. Measuring patient safety culture in pediatric long-term care. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2017;10(2):81-87. doi: 10.3233/PRM-170432. PMCID: PMC5549783

Carter, E., Mancino, D., Hessels, A.J.,Kelly, A.M., Larson, E.L. Reported Hours of Infection Prevention Education Received Positively Associated with Student Nurses' Ability to Comply with Infection Prevention Practices: Results from a Nationwide Survey. Nurse Educ Today.2017;53:19-25. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.02.021.PMID: 28365555.PMCID: PMC5553115

Estinville MF, Hessels A, Davis J. Journal Club: Developing a user-friendly report for electronically assisted surveillance of catheter-associated urinary tract infections.Am J Infect Control, 2017; 45(8):822-823. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.06.008.

Gilmartin H., Hessels, A.J.Journal Club: Commentary on "Risk factors for MRSA colonization in the neonatal ICU: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Am J Infect Control. 2017;45(12):1405-1406. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2017.10.002.PMCID: PMC5839134

Hessels, A.J.Murray, M., Cohen, B., Larson, E.L. Patient Safety Climate Survey in Pediatric Complex Care Settings: A Factor Analysis. J Patient Saf,2017; [In press]. (NIHMS785856, Publ.ID: JPS-15-70).PMCID: PMC5648643

Hessels, A.J.,Genovese-Schek, V., Agarwal, M., Wurmser, T., Larson, E.L. Relationship Between Patient Safety Climate and Adherence to Standard Precautions. Am J Infect Control. 2016; 44 (10), 1128-1132. PMCID: PMC5048506

Loyland, B. Wilmont, S., Hessels, A.J., Larson, E.L. Staff Knowledge, Awareness, Perceptions, and Beliefs About Infection Prevention in Pediatric Long-term Care Facilities. Nurs Res, 2016; 65(2), p.132-141.PMCID: PMC4822544

Hessels, A.J., Larson. E.L. Systematic Review of Patient Safety Climate and Standard Precaution Adherence. J Hosp Infect, 2016; 92(4), 349-362. PMCID: PMC4808453

Hessels, A.J.,Agarwal, M., Liu, J., Larson, E.L. Incidence and Risk Factors for Healthcare Associated Infections after Hip Surgery. Surg Infect,2016; 17(6), 761-765.DOI: 10.1089/sur.2016.062.PMCID: PMC5124739

Hessels, A.J.,Robinson B, O'Rourke M, Begg MD, Larson EL. Building interdisciplinary research models through interactive education. J Clin Transl Sci, 2015; 8(6), p. 793-799.PMCID: PMC4703448

Hessels, A.,Flynn, L., Cimiotti, J. Cadmus, E., Gershon, R. The impact of the nursing practice environment on missed nursing care. Clin Nurs Stud, 2015; 3(4), p. 60-66. PMCID: PMC4988676

Hessels, A.J.,Flynn, L., Cimiotti, J.P, Gershon, R.R., Bakken, S. Impact of Health Information Technology on the Delivery and Quality of Patient Care. Online J Nurs Inform, Fall 2015, Volume 19.PMCID: PMC5001503