RWJBarnabas exec earns inaugural global leadership certificate from National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Mary Beth Russell is one of 32 scholars worldwide to complete new distinguished nursing leadership program

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced that Mary Beth Russell received a first-of-its-kind leadership certificate from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Russell, who serves as vice president of the Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research at RWJBarnabas Health, was one of 32 scholars worldwide in the inaugural graduating class of NCSBN’s International Center for Regulatory Scholarship Advanced Leadership Institute.

“Dr. Russell embodies servant leadership and has devoted her career to the advancement of nurses across our health system,” Nancy Holecek, executive vice president and chief nursing officer, RWJBarnabas Health, stated. “I could not be more proud of her significant accomplishment, which will help us continue to set the standard for excellence in nursing care as one of the most influential programs in the state.”

As part of ICRS’ mission to cultivate future nursing leaders and policymakers, the Advanced Leadership Institute certificate program is designed to enrich and inspire nursing regulators, health policy leaders and other professionals who are entrusted with patient safety.

“Nursing is a fundamental component of patient care, one that requires constant innovation and dedicated leadership,” Russell said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn alongside this impressive group and will continue applying these best practices to our protocols and policies at RWJBarnabas Health.”

An experienced health care executive, Russell has expertise in creating and sustaining change through professional development using multidimensional methods and evidence-based practice. In her work for RWJBarnabas Health, she has been integral to the creation and implementation of programs such as clinical simulation, leadership development and clinical residencies on a system level. She leads current educational initiatives, training programs using interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the development and execution of clinical continuing education programs. She also oversees the launch of new products, nursing orientations, competency programs and nursing research.

Russell holds a B.S. in nursing from Rutgers University, a M.S. in nursing education from NYU and a Ph.D. in education from Seton Hall University with a focus in cultural sensitivity. She is Nurse Executive, Advanced and Nursing Professional Development Board Certified, as well as a certificate holder in Just Culture.