Dean Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN—dean and the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing—has dedicated the expanse of her nursing career to teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty and is a leading scholar of care quality and safety with an emphasis on healthcare in rural and global environments.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing (2019-2022), she was associate dean of global initiatives, interim dean of research, and a founding director of its Pan American Health Organization/WHO Collaborating Center in Quality and Safety Education in Nursing and Midwifery. At Virginia Commonwealth University (2014-2019), she was founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation. During her first tenure at UVA School of Nursing (2005-2014), she directed the Rural and Global Healthcare Center and led the School’s Global Initiatives.

Baernholdt’s research seeks to define care quality and factors that affect it, especially in rural areas around the world. Her focus on the importance of the nurse work environment for nurse, patient, and organization outcomes earned her the Anthony J. Jannetti Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Healthcare (the “Tony Award”) from the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing in 2018. She is the author, with Diane K. Boyle, of Nurses’ Contributions to Quality Health Outcomes (Springer: 2021), a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research Fellow.

In August 2022, Baernholdt—a former U.S. representative for the International Council of Nurses’ steering group for rural and remote nursing who earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Pace, and the Bispebjerg School of Nursing in her native Denmark—became the UVA School of Nursing’s seventh dean.


  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)

Research Focus

Quality and safety; healthy work environments; workplace bullying; global and rural healthcare and health interventions.


Journal Articles

Phonyiam, R., Baernholdt, M., & Hodges, E.A. (2023). Self-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in pregnancy and breastfeeding experiences among women in Thailand: Study protocol. PLOS ONE, 18(6), e0286646-0286646.

Baernholdt, M., Dunton, N., Grandfield, E. M., & Cramer, E. (2023). Quality indicators in critical access hospitals and small rural and urban hospitals. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 23(1), 1-23.

Tan, A., Knafl, G. J., Baernholdt, M., Fraher, E., & Jones, C. B. (2023). Where are the critical care nurses? A statewide analysis of actively practicing nurses’ transitions out of the clinical area. Nursing Outlook, 71(3), 101947.

McBride, S., Alexander, G., Baernholdt, M., Vugrin, M., & Epstein, E. (2023). Scoping review: Positive and negative impact of technology on clinicians. Nursing Outlook, 71(2), 101918.

Kim, S., Kitzmiller, R., Baernholdt, M., Lynn, M. R., & Jones, C. B. (2023). Patient safety culture: The impact on workplace violence and health worker burnout. Workplace Health & Safety, 71(2), 78-88.

Tark, A., Estrada, L. V., Stone, P. W., Baernholdt, M., & Buck, H. G. (2023). Systematic review of conceptual and theoretical frameworks used in palliative care and end-of-life care research studies. Palliative Medicine, 37(1), 10-25.

Jennings, B. M., Baernholdt, M., & Hopkinson, S. G. (2022). Exploring the turbulent nature of nurses’ workflow. Nursing Outlook, 70(3), 440-450.

Orr, S., Efstathiou, N., Baernholdt, M., & Vanderspank-Wright, B. (2022). ICU clinicians’ experiences of terminal weaning and extubation. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 63(5), e521-e528.

Paulus, A., Baernholdt, M., Kear, T., Jones, T., & Thacker, L. (2021). Factors associated with hospital readmissions among U. S. dialysis facilities. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 44(2), 59-68.

Beale, N., Carroll, W., Aldrich, K., Alexander, S., Baernholdt, M., & Fields, W. (2021). The fingerprint of nursing: What a unique nurse identifier means for our future. The American Nurse, 16(9), 21-24.

Baernholdt, M., Jones, T. L. Anusiewicz, C. V., Campbel, C. M., Montgomery, A., & Patrician, P. A. (2021). Development and testing of the quality improvement self-efficacy inventory. Western Journal of Nursing, 44(2), 159-168.

Beaird, G., Baernholdt, M., Byon, H. D., & White, K. R. (2021). Interprofessional rounding design features and associations with collaboration and team effectiveness. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 35(3), 343-351.

Campbel, C. M., Prapanjaroensin, A., Anusiewicz, C. V., Baernholdt, M., Jones, T., & Patrician, P. (2020). Variables associated with missed nursing care in Alabama: A cross-sectional analysis. Journal of Nursing Management, 28, 2174-2184.

Beaird, G., Baernholdt, M, & White, K. R. (2020). Perceptions of interdisciplinary rounding practices. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(7-8), 1141-1150.

Montgomery, A. A., Azuero, A. A., Baernholdt, M., Loan, L. A., Miltner, R. S., Qu, H. A., Raju, D., & Patrician, P. (2020). Nurse burnout predicts self-reported medication administration errors in acute care hospitals. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 43(1), 13-23.

Smith, S., Baernholdt, M. & Elias, B. (2019). The role of interdisciplinary faculty in nursing education: a national survey. Journal of Professional Nursing, 35(5), 393-397.

Campbell, C., & Baernholdt, M. (2016). A palliative care learning needs assessment and training in Mpumlalnga province South Africa. Journal of the Poor and Underserved, 27, 440-449.

Baernholdt, M., Campbell, C., Hinton, I., Yan, G, & Lewis, E. (2015). Quality of hospice care: A comparison between rural and urban residents. Journal of Health Care Quality, 30(3), 247-253.

Baernholdt, M., Keim-Malpass, J., Hinton, I. D., Yan, G., & Bratt, M. (2014). A comparison of quality of care in critical access hospitals and other small rural hospitals. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 14(2), 3-31.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Baernholdt, M., Yan, G., Hinton, I., Rose, K., & Mattos, M. (2012). Quality of life in rural and urban adults 65 years and older: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Rural Health, 28(4), 339-347.

Baernholdt, M., Hinton, I., Yan, G., Rose, K., & Mattos, M. (2011). Factors associated with quality of life in older adults in the United States. Quality of Life Research, 21(3), 527-534.

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.


Baernholdt, M., & Boyle, D. K. (2021). Nurses' Contributions to Quality Health Outcomes. Springer Publishing.

Book Sections

Baernholdt, M., Shellian, B., & Petermann, V. (2024). Global rural nursing practice. In E.E. Friberg & J.L. Creasia (Eds.), Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice (35 ed., pp. 56-8th edition. Elsevier, Inc).

Baernholdt, M. & Leak, A. B. (2023). Implementing the plan. In B. Patton, M. Zalon, & R. Ludwick (Eds.), Nurses making policy: From bedside to boardroom (3rd ed., pp. 243-272). Springer Publishing Company

Baernholdt, M., & Bryant, A. L. (2022). Implementing the plan. In R. M. Patton, M. L. Zalon, & R. Ludwick (Eds.), Nurses making policy: From bedside to boardroom (3rd ed., pp. 100-125). Springer Publishing and American Nurses Association. The royalty from this book supports a nurse internship in the White House.

Hogh, A., Clausen, T., Bickmann, L., Hansen, A., Conway, P, & Baernholdt, M. (2019). Consequences of workplace bullying for individuals, organizations, and society. In P. D'Cruz (Ed.), Pathways of Job-Related Negative Behaviour: Handbooks of Workplace Bullying, Emotional Abuse, and Harassment, vol. 2 (pp. 1-25). Springer Publishing.

Baernholdt, M. (2017). Rural health. In J. Fitzpatrick, & M. W. Kazer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 4th ed (pp. 100-125). Springer Publishing.

Baernholdt, M., Schexnayder, J., & Winston, M. (2016). Global rural nursing practice. In E. E. Friberg & J. L. Creasia (Eds.), Conceptual Foundations: The Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice, 6th edition (pp. 100-125). Elsevier.

Baernholdt, M. (2012). Rural health. In J. Fitzpatrick & M. W. Kazer (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research (3rd ed.) (pp. 454-457). 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. (Eds.), The doctorate of nursing practice & clinical nurse leader: essentials of program development & implementation into clinical practice (pp. 119-136). Springer Publishing Co.