Olga F. Jarrín, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing
Dr. Olga Felicity Jarrín joined the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nursing Science and Associate Faculty in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Dr. Jarrín leads a five-year, $1 million study -- funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – on the effectiveness of home health care for older adults and people living with chronic illness. This project will compare the effectiveness of variations in home health care on improving patient outcomes. Specifically, this research explores which home health patients, under what specific circumstances, benefit the most from different forms of home health care. By understanding the reasons for differences in home care outcomes, her team seeks to determine how best to meet the needs of different patient populations, various racial/ethnic communities, and older adults facing complex medical conditions.
Dr. Jarrín is also a co-investigator on the largest study of its kind on nursing care and patient outcomes in the United States, directed by University of Pennsylvania Professor Linda H. Aiken, and funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Boettner Center, and the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation.
Throughout her career, Dr. Jarrín’s work has focused on how to improve our health care system for older adults and people of all ages living with chronic illness and disabilities. She believes that the best outcomes for patients are achieved when policies are in place that ensure health care professionals have the resources and support systems needed to provide essential patient care, including education, advocacy, and coordination of care. Additionally, Dr. Jarrín works with the Veterans’ Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico to develop their capacity for nursing research.
Dr. Jarrín is also among a handful of scholars worldwide recognized for contributions to the philosophy of nursing science. Her theoretical writings explore why nursing is unique from other health sciences, and how nursing science creates knowledge that expands our understanding of human health.
Dr. Jarrín earned her Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science, and Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Jarrín also completed postdoctoral fellowships in health services research and gerontology nursing outcomes at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.
School of Nursing
Division of Nursing Science