Amanda Hessels, PhD, MSN, MPH, BSN, CPHQ, CIC, FAAN, FAPIC
- Assistant Professor of Nursing
- Assistant Professor of Nursing
- 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
- Fellowship: 2016 NIH, Columbia University School of Nursing
Committees, Societies, Councils
2020- Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), Research Committee, Vice-Chair
2019- American Nurses Association (ANA) sponsored Sharps Injury Prevention Stakeholders Workgroup, invited member
2017- National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) for the Healthcare and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry sector (NIOSH/CDC/DHHS), invited council member
2017- 19 Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), Research Committee, member
2016- Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP), Research Committee, member
2016 Eastern Nursing Research Society, member
2015- American Nurses Association, member
2011- National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), member
2003- Association for Professionals in Infection Control, member APIC EMS and Public Safety Section
1994- Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society, member
2020- present Editorial Board, International Journal of Infection Control
2018- present Section Editor, “Research Committee Take-aways: Implementation Science”, American Journal of Infection Control
2018- present Review Board, Journal of Nursing Care Quality
2017- present Editorial Board, American Journal of Infection Control
2019- present American Nurses Association (ANA) Sharps Injury Prevention Stakeholders Workgroup Member and Author, “Moving The Sharps Safety Agenda Forward in the United States: 2020 Consensus Statement And Call To Action”.
2019- present Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), invited Member and Section Lead Author “Safety Culture Curriculum for Health Care Workers”.
2018- present Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), Research Committee, Co-Author and Lead Editor “APIC Research Toolkit” (12 Chapters).
2019- present SHEA/IDSA Panel member and Co-Author “Compendium of Strategies to Prevent HAIs in Acute Care Hospitals: 2020 Update”.
2018- present Invited participant: Strengthening transparent reporting of research on unfinished nursing care - RANCARE reporting guideline Delphi-Study, University of Basel, Switzerland; Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus.
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
- healthcare quality and patient safety
- Infection prevention and control
- missed nursing care
- occupational health and safety
- organizational culture and climate
2019- 2024 Title: Simulation to Improve Infection Prevention and Patient Safety: The SIPPS Trial. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (R18HS026418).
2018- 2020 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- 2020 Title: Impact of Patient Safety Climate on Infection Prevention Practices and Healthcare Worker and Patient Outcomes. DHHS/CDC/NIOSH (K01OH011186).
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.
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, 2020; 16(3), 223-231.PMCID: PMC5648643 doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000279.
Weaver, S.H., Dowd, S., Hessels, A., & Wurmser, T. Administrative (House) Supervisor and Nursing Unit-based Manager Collaboration. Nurse Lead. 2020. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2020.07.012
Hessels, A.J., Kuo, Y., Ahmed, N. Epidemiology and Impact of Healthcare Associated Infections in Trauma Patients: A National Data Analysis. Surg Infect. 2020. 21(10):871-876. http://doi.org/10.1089/sur.2019.294
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. 2020; 68(3):261-269.
Hessels AJ, Wurmser T. Relationship among safety culture, nursing care, and Standard Precautions adherence. Am J Infect Control. 2020;48(3):340-341. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.11.008.
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2019.03.017.
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30979563 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30850251 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30882561 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.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30817422 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30550496
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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30979563PMID: 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29474313.PMCID: 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29474314PMCID: 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. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29550263
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.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30395556PMCID: 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