Mary L. Johansen,Mary L. Johansen, PhD, NE-BC, RN
Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director - New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice
ACK 234
(973) 353-3832


An experienced nurse executive with roots in emergency/critical care, Dr. Mary Johansen is a Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN), in the Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Dr. Johansen's leadership positions have helped make her a recognized expert on both state and federal regulatory policies governing the nursing profession.  She also has extensive expertise regarding broader healthcare industry care standards – applicable to APN's, RNs, and LPNs and healthcare organizations – that are required to assure safety and high quality care.  She currently serves as a consultant for the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the New Jersey Division of Law. She was recently invited to serve a three-year term on the newly formed New Jersey Medical Marijuana Review Panel. She was nominated for the post by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and was appointed by Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey Department of Health Acting Commissioner Cathleen Bennett. The Review Panel is responsible for the evaluation of petitions and to make recommendations for identification, approval or denial of additional debilitating medical conditions that will qualify patients for access to medical marijuana, beyond those initially specified by the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Her current health services research focuses on the nursing workforce and improving quality care to patients. Dr. Johansen specifically examines the impact of nurse staffing and process of care on patient outcomes, with an eye toward helping nurse leaders improve overall care. She is a member of numerous state and national boards charged with setting standards for nursing leadership.  

At Rutgers University, Dr. Johansen teaches leadership and management practice for Masters and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) level graduate students, working to assure that it remains relevant to the latest challenges faced by nurse leaders.

Dr. Johansen has extensive experience developing and implementing curriculum. She mentors doctoral students, chairs DNP committees, and also participates as a committee member on numerous PhD committees.    

The NJCCN, created in 2002 by state lawmakers, works on behalf of nurses to provide evidence-based recommendations regarding the nursing workforce and its impact on patient care.  It is one of 34 national nursing workforce centers across the U.S. As the Center's Associate Director, Dr. Johansen analyzes supply and demand within the nursing workforce to ensure that an adequate supply of competent, future- oriented nurses, representative of the state’s growing diversity, will be available to meet the health needs of New Jersey residents. 

Dr. Johansen earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rutgers University, her master’s in health care administration for nurse executives from Columbia University, and her PhD in nursing from Rutgers University.

Professional and Community Activities: 

Board Member

Organization of Nurse Leaders New Jersey, Political Action Committee


New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Health Care Workforce Council


Member Organization of Nurse Leaders New Jersey, Advocacy Committee


New Jersey Nursing Initiative -New Jersey Action Coalition, Leadership Pillar

Invited Reviewer

The Journal of Nursing Regulation: Official Journal of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing: Applied Nursing Research: Medical Care, Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association: International Japanese Journal of Nursing Science: and the Journal of Emergency Nursing

Board Member

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): Content Expert Nurse Executive

Abstract Judge

2013-present  Annual Scientific Sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society

Abstract Judge

2012-present  National State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
of the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science

Honors and Awards: 
Recent Publications

Mularz, L. & Johansen, M.  (2015). An educational program to promote emotional mastery skills in nurse managers. Journal of Professional Development.

Christensen, M., Rosenberg, M., Mahon, Eileen, Pineda, S., Rojas, E., Soque, V., & Johansen, M. (2015) Pivot nursing: One emergency department experience. Journal of Emergency Nursing

Johansen, M. & O'Brien, J. (2015) Decision making in nursing practice: A concept analysis. Nursing Forum.

Johansen, M. & Cadmus, E. (2015). Conflict management style, supportive work environments and the experience of work stress in emergency nurses. Journal of Nursing Management.

Johansen, M., deCordova, P., Martinez, M., & Duan, Wei., & Cimiotti, J. (2014). The Implications of Nurse Resources on Cardiac Care in the Emergency Department. Applied Nursing Research..

Johansen, M. (2014). Conflicting Priorities: Emergency Nurses' Perceived Disconnect between Patient Satisfaction and the Delivery of Quality Patient Care. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 40, (1).

Cadmus, E. & Johansen, M. (2012). The time is now: Developing a nurse manager residency program. Nursing Management, 43(12), 18-24.

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