Pamela De Cordova, PhD, RN-BC

Associate Professor and Faculty Researcher for the NJCCN

Division of Nursing Science



(973) 353-1691

Specialty: Nursing workforce, staffing, policy evaluations

Dr. Pamela B. de Cordova’s research includes studying nursing workforce characteristics (i.e., educational preparation, nurse experience, and skill mix) and how these characteristics are associated with quality care. She also examines staffing and work environmental factors that can impact patient outcomes. Her research trajectory focuses on improving patient safety in acute care hospitals.

In 2016, Dr. de Cordova received a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to evaluate public reporting staffing policies aimed at improving patient safety in acute care hospitals.

Dr. de Cordova obtained her PhD from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2011 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in 2013.


  • Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, de Cordova PB, Herzig CT, Dick A, Reagan J, & Stone PW. State mandated healthcare-associated infection increases the perceived burden on infection prevention and control departments in acute care hospitals, American Journal of Infection Control, 2018 Oct 12. pii: S0196-6553(18)30839-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.08.012. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 30322814
  • de Cordova PB, Steck MB, Vermeesch A, Pierre, NG, Ohlendorf, J, Rankin, A, Lawrence, S & Dueroin A. Health policy engagement among graduate nursing students in the United States,Nursing Forum, 2018 doi: 10.1111/nuf.12295. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30196564
  • de Cordova PB, Johansen ML, Riman KA & Rogowski J.Public reporting of cardiac outcomes for acute myocardial infarction patients: A systematic review of the evidence, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2018 doi: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000524. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30211816
  • de Cordova PB. Excess mortality associated with weekend hospital admissions may be due to patient-level differences, rather than reduced staffing or services. Evidence-based nursing, 2018 Mar 6. pii: ebnurs-2017-102779. doi: 10.1136/eb-2017-102779 PMID: 29510981
  • de Cordova PB, Johansen ML, Martinez ME & Cimiotti JP. Emergency department weekend admission and mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Nursing Research, 2017, 66(1):20-27. PMID: 27977565 Eastern Nursing Research Society Authorship Award