Cheryl Holly

Cheryl Holly EdD, RN, ANEF

Professor and Co-Director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, A JBI Collaborating Center

Cheryl Holly is a Professor, and Co-Director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) at the Rutgers University School of Nursing. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology) and New Jersey Medical School (Department of Preventive Medicine and Community). 

NEST, a collaborating center of the Joanna Briggs Institute at Australia’s University of Adelaide, works with researchers, clinicians and managers to, among other things: help facilitate and coordinate international research, and disseminate results to a wide range of audiences; identify and promote best practices in health care; and develop training and procedure models based on sound research.  NEST has received awards for evidence synthesis (2013) and was named a JBI Center of Excellence in 2015.

For Rutgers, Dr. Holly developed a new grant-funded, fully accredited doctor of nursing practice program – the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of the few nationwide – and served as its first director.  The program now has well over 100 students and rapidly growing list of alumni.  She currently is working with the Rutgers nursing faculty to redesign the school’s honors program and to integrate it into the RN-to-BS and 2nd BS nursing programs, and to integrated concepts of population health into the undergraduate program under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Holly has extensive experience managing inter-professional, multi-site projects and departments and conducting and teaching systematic review and knowledge translation, particularly meta-analysis for medical and critical care conditions at both schools of nursing and public health. One four-site study on knowledge translation incorporated the use of evidence for multiple chronic conditions.

She has developed partnerships with external constituencies to expand programs in evidence-based practice and clinical scholarship.  She also mentors doctoral students through their capstone studies.

Previously, she was an administrator and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey before its nursing program was merged with that of Rutgers.  Her experience also includes senior positions at New York University Medical Center, Westchester (NY) Medical Center and the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Dr. Holly earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pace University.  Her master’s degree in nursing, with a concentration in adult health and physical illness, was earned at Columbia University – as were her doctorate in education, with an emphasis on research and evaluation in curriculum and teaching.
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Recent Publications

Holly, C. Rittenmeyer L, Weeks S. (2013).  Evidence Based Clinical Audit Criteria for the Prevention and Management of Acute Delirium in the Post-operative Patient with a Hip Fracture. Orthopedic Nursing.

Holly C, Poletick E (2013). A Systematic Review on the Transfer of Information during Nurse Transitions in Care. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Holly C, Slyer, JT, (2013): Interpreting and using meta-analysis in clinical practice. Orthopedic Nursing.

Holly C, Cantwell ER, Kamienski (2013).  Evidence Evidence-Based Practices for the Identification, Screening, and Prevention of Acute Delirium in the Hospitalized Elderly: An Overview of Systematic Reviews. Current Translational Geriatrics.

Holly C, Steefel, L, Estrada R. (2013). Online Technology Enhances Collaborative Learning. Journal of Nursing Practice Application and Research Reviews. 3(2): 73-83.

Holly C, Cantwell ER, Jadotte Y (2012).  Acute Delirium: Differentiation and Care. Critical Care Clinics of North America. March

Ciufo D, Holly C, Hader R  (2011).  A systematic review of adult critical care unit open visiting hours within the context of family centered patient care. International Journal of Evidence Based Healthcare.

Holly C (2011).  Systematic Review. IN:  Encyclopedia of Nursing Research.  Joyce Fitzpartick and Meridith Kazer (Editors).  NY: Springer




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