Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

This is an archived biographical profile page.

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Department of Public Health Sciences
Director, Rural and Global Health Care Center

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: CMNEB 3005
Phone: (434) 924-2254
Email: mb2vy@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 924-2787

Founder and director of the School of Nursing’s Rural and Global Health Care Center, Dr. Marianne Baernholdt oversees the school’s engagement in 34 countries. Her research -- which focuses on quality of care in global rural areas -- has uncovered compelling evidence about rural nurses’ importance to rural health across the care continuum in home care, community clinics, hospice, and hospitals and highlights issues in global rural health that are often absent  in  research, practice and policy. She has presented her findings at more than 30 international and national conferences from South Africa to Hong Kong, Denmark to Malta.

Dr. Baernholdt’s undergraduate degree is from Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Pace University, her master's degrees in public and international health and nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care) from Columbia University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health care quality and patient outcomes at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Baernholdt's broad background in clinical nursing, together with her predoctoral and postdoctoral training in health services research, enhances her ability to understand, teach and conduct studies at the patient level, on the health care unit, and in the organizational, community, and policy levels.

Dr. Baernholdt teaches courses in quality, safety, and leadership, and has received three University of Virginia awards: the Clinical Nurse Leader Outstanding Faculty award (2011), Innovative Teaching award (2010), and the Nursing Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2009). Dr. Baernholdt also serves as mentor and teacher for students and researchers from several countries. She is part of a National Institutes of Health interdisciplinary training grant for the Water and Health in Limpopo project in South Africa through University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.

Research Focus

Quality and safety in rural health care: how we measure quality and what factors influence quality at the different levels of the health care system, including the environment, the organization, at at the microsystem level and on the nursing unit.

Teaching Focus

The famous philosopher and my fellow Dane Soren Kirkegaard said about teaching: “Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand . . . what he learns and the way he understands it.” During my 25 years of teaching and lecturing for diverse groups this quote has guided my presentations as well as the courses I teach on quality and safety, leadership, rural health and health services research.


Journal Articles

Keim-Malpass, J., Baernholdt, M., Erickson, J.M., Ropka, M.E., Schroen, A.T., & Steeves, R.H. (2013). Blogging through cancer: Young women’s persistent problems shared online. Cancer Nursing, 36(2), 163-172.

Lewis, E. J., Baernholdt, M., & Hamric, A. B. (2013). The nurse experience of medical error, an integrative literature review. The Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 28(2), 153-161.

Struwe, J. H., Baernholdt, M., Nørholm, V. & Lind, J. (2013). Organization of nursing: An important factor for continuity of care for stroke patients. Journal of Nursing Management, 21(1), 141-152.

Epstein, E.G., Rovnyak, V., Miles, A. & Baernholdt, M. (2013). Parents' perceptions of continuity of care in the NICU: Preliminary testing of an instrument and implications for the nurse-parent relationship. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 27(2), 168-175. doi:10.1097/jpn.0b013e31828eafbb

Campbell, C.L., Baernholdt, M, Yan, G., Hinton, I., & Lewis, E. (2013). Racial/ethnic perspectives on the quality of hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 30(4), 347-353.

Rigney, D. & Baernholdt, M. (2013). Using problem solving for better health nursing (PSBH) in a clinical nurse leader program. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29, 10-13.

Baernholdt, M., Drake, E., Maron, F., & Neymark, K. (2013). Fostering internationalization: An American–Danish semester-long undergraduate nursing student exchange program. International Nursing Review, 60(2), 221-227. doi:10.1111/inr.12005

Baernholdt, M, Jennings, B. & Lewis, E. (2013). A pilot study of staff nurses' perceptions of factors that influence quality of care in critical access hospitals. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 28(4), 352-359. doi:10.1097/ncq.0b013e31829fad73

Keim-Malpass, J., Baernholdt, M., Erickson, J. M., Ropka, M. E., Schroen, A.T., & Steeves, R. H. (2013). Blogging through cancer: Young women’s persistent problems shared online. Cancer Nursing, 36(2), 163-172. doi:10.1097/NCC.0b013e31824eb879

Baernholdt, M., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Rose, K., Sheely, M. (2012). Factors associated with quality of life in the elderly population in the United States. Quality of Life Research, 21(4), 527-534.

Baernholdt, M., Yan, G., Hinton, I., Rose, K. (2012). Quality of life in rural and urban adults 65 years and older: Findings from NHANES. Journal of Rural Health, 28(4), 339-347. doi:10.1111/j.17480361.2011.00403.x

Baernholdt, M., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Rose, K., & Sheely, M. (2012). Factors associated with quality of life in older adults in the United States. Quality of Life Research, 21(3), 527-534.

Campbell, C.L., Baernholdt, M., Yan, G., Hinton, I.D., & Lewis, E. (2012). Racial ethnic perspectives on the quality in hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, , Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1049909112457455

Baernholdt, M., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Rose, K., & Sheely, M. (2011). Factors associated with quality of life in older adults in the United States. Quality of Life Research, 20, Retrieved from

Baernholdt, M., & Cottingham, S. (2011). The Clinical Nurse Leader - new nursing role with global implications. International Nursing Review, 58(1), 74-78.

Baernholdt, M., Cox, K. & Scully, K. (2010). Using Hospital Clinical Data to Capture Nurse Workload: Implications for Staffing. Computers Informatics Nursing, 28(4), 229-234.

Baernholdt, M., Jennings, B., Merwin, E. and Thornlow, D. (2010). What does Quality Care Mean to Nurses in Rural Hospitals? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 6(6), 1346-1355.

Leeman,J.,Baernholdt,M.,Sandelowski,M. (2007). Developing a theory-based taxonomy of methods for implementing change in practice. Journal of advanced nursing, 58(2), 191-200.

Baernholdt,M.,Lang,N. M. (2007). Government chief nursing officers' perceptions of barriers to using research on staffing. International nursing review, 54(1), 49-55.

Baernholdt,M.,Clarke,S. P. (2006). Internet research in an international context.. Applied Nursing Research, 19(1), 48-50.

Baernholdt,M.,Lang,N. M. (2003). Why an ICNP? Links among quality, information and policy. International nursing review, 50(2), 73-78.

Baernholdt,M.,Mark,H. (2001). An internship at the International Council of Nurses.. American Journal of Nursing, 101(11), 81-83.

Baernholdt,M. (2001). ICN. den globale sygepleje (ICN. Global Nursing). Sygeplejersken, 101(13), 30-33.

Book Sections

Baernholdt, M. (2012). Rural health. In J. Fitzpatrick & M. W. Kazer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed.) (pp. 454-457). NYC: Springer Publishing Company.

Baernholdt,M.,Reid,K.,Dennison,P. (2009). Building and adapting current graduate programs into clinical nurse leader. In Fitzpatrick,J., Wallace,M. (Ed.), The doctorate of nursing practice & clinical nurse leader: essentials of program development & implementation into clinical practice (pp. 119-136). New York: Springer Publishing Co.