WEST ORANGE, NJ — Appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, RWJBarnabas Health’s Mary Beth Russell was recently chosen to occupy one of two nurse educator seats on the New Jersey Board of Nursing. According to RWJBarnabas, there are 10 new members to the board and three reappointments—taking its membership from 13 to 15.

Nancy E. Holecek, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Northern Region of RWJBarnabas Health, called Russell, PhD, MA, RN-BC, a “visionary.”She also added that she is integral to the development and implementation of new programs, such as clinical simulation and clinical residencies, both pre-and post-licensure.

“She leads current clinical education initiatives, training and learning programs, and continues to facilitate the standardization of nursing orientation, competency programs and the development and execution of clinical continuing education programs,” said Holecek. “Her diverse skill set, integrity, advocacy and mentorship make her the extremely well-qualified to serve on New Jersey’s Board of Nursing.”

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Russell came to Saint Barnabas Medical Center as Director of Nursing Education and Research 20 years ago. In 2014, she was promoted to Vice President, Clinical Education & Nursing Research for Barnabas Health, maintaining a dual role at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the former Barnabas Health.

Last year, Russell was promoted to Associate Vice President at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and continues as the Vice President, The Center for Professional Development, Innovation & Research for the Northern Region of RWJBarnabas Health.

In addition, Russell holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Rutgers, The State University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education from NYU, and a Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University with a focus in Cultural Sensitivity. She is Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development.