Associate Professor of Nursing
Coordinator Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
Henry P. Becton School of Nursing & Allied Health
Maryelena Vargas is an Associate Professor, coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and alumna of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing & Allied Health. She joined the FDU faculty in 2012, having worked previously as executive director of the Center for Nursing Practice (CNP) and academic administrator of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) and Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) Nursing campus.
Her career experience includes public health nursing, health and social policy, education, research, and administration at several Magnet designated Medical Centers and the Englewood Health Department in Bergen County; the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research; Columbia University School of Nursing; and Ramapo College of New Jersey. In addition, she holds international board certification in the area of human lactation (IBCLC).
Her main research area is with vulnerable populations. Examples are glucose testing and insufficient follow-up of abnormal results: a cohort study; the perspectives of mothers and clinicians information needs, information-seeking behavior, communication processes, and information resources of first-time breastfeeding Latina mothers; a multi-site retrospective study of heart failure (HF) patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge; a hand hygiene intervention study; and prostate health in a cohort of Hispanic men. She has published her research in peer-reviewed journals such as Nursing Economics, BMC Health Services Research, the Journal of Human Lactation, Nursing Spectrum posters and podium presentations.
Her research has been funded by a National Institute of Health Federal Grant (T32) for Reducing Health Disparities, scholarships from Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Zeta, Honor Society of Nursing and the National Hispanic Health Foundation from Washington, D.C., a ($100,000) grant from Medline Industries, Inc., and a FDU Provost SEED grant. Recently, she received two separate grants from the Independent College Fund of New Jersey as part of the Verizon Enhancing Education through Mobile Technology program.