Mercedes Echevarria, DNP, APNC
Associate Dean of Advanced Nursing Practice and Associate Professor
Maintaining an active practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse while engaging in fulltime faculty and administrative responsibilities, Mercedes Echevarria serves as Associate Dean of Advanced Nursing Practice and Associate Professor in the Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers University School of Nursing. She is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Dr. Echevarria’s research and clinical work is centered on pediatric issues, particularly childhood obesity and screening for evaluating childhood development. As principal investigator of a three-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) /Advance Nursing Education grant, she implemented a post-BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Rutgers.
Her DNP capstone project “Health Promotion in School-Aged Hispanic Children through a Culturally Competent Nutrition and Exercise Family-School Program” grew out of her dedication to improvement of health outcomes and population health. Participation in this community-based program prompted caregivers to engage in healthier nutrition practices and increase physical activity; it also led to weight reductions for caregivers, improvement in body mass index (BMI) among children, and improvement in blood pressure levels for both caregivers and children.
Dr. Echevarria served as a facilitator for the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center of Rutgers School of Nursing (which began as a function of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) in a collaborative international effort of healthcare professionals in Botswana and the United States to facilitate development and integration in that African nation of family nurse practitioner program expertise in HIV prevention, care, and support.
She also is a fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) -Wharton Executive Leadership Program and AACN’s Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Echevarria earned her bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Rutgers University, and both her master’s degree in nursing and her doctorate in nursing practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also earned post-master’s certificates as a family nurse practitioner and as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the Rutgers University School of Nursing.
School of Nursing
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