Barbara has over thirty years of experience as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, educator (unit based, staff development, and faculty), corporate director, clinical nurse specialist, and statewide program manager. She received an Associate’s Degree from Gloucester County College, a Bachelor of Arts in School Nursing from Glassboro State College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stockton State College, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD from Widener University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wilmington University.
Barbara is currently the program manager for Transforming Care at the Bedside, a statewide program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and housed at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, New Jersey. Barbara served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Kennedy Health System for several years and worked on several projects with ethicists from around the state who were also on the committee. She has attended numerous lectures and conferences related to ethics and worked with nursing staff on ethical issues.
Barbara has over 25 years of professional organizational experience at the local, state, and national levels with the American Nurses Association (ANA), the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the Society for Critical Care Medicine(SCCM), and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She has served as an officer, board liaison, and committee and task force member for these organizations. Barbara is the immediate past president of NJSNA, a trauma instructor for ENA, the vice chairperson of the Region 12 Tristate Consortium of STTI, a member of the Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics for ANA, and on several committees, boards, and forums with AACN and SCCM. She has served as a delegate and received an appointment to the Honorary Awards committee for ANA, has attended the American Nurses Advocacy Institute, and served as the president of the Southern Shore Chapter of AACN. She has also been the National League for Nursing’s consultant to the National Student Nurses Association.
Barbara was the 1990 recipient of the NJSNA Adult Health Award and a recipient of the Nursing Spectrum/STTI National Nursing Heroes Award in 2004. She has been an officer in the United States Air Force and remains active with the New Jersey Nursing Students as the parliamentarian.