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Ronda G. Hughes, PhD, MHS, RN, FAAN

Title: Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-0119


Prior to coming to UofSC, she was an Associate Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee (2010 – 2016), after almost two decades of service in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, primarily at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources and Services Administration. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Hughes received her PhD in Health Policy and Health Services Research from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (2001), a Masters in Health Science in Health Policy and Management with a minor in biomedical ethics from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1993), and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Boston University (1988). 


Dr. Hughes has developed and taught graduate students on topics including: leadership, statistics, health policy, quality, advanced analytics, and patient safety, health informatics, research methods, and leadership. At the UofSC, she teaches/has taught:

  • NURS 806 – Advanced Leadership, Part I
  • NURS 807 – Advanced Leadership, Part II
  • NURS 809 – Advanced Financing
  • NURS 775 – Nursing Informatics
  • NURS 777 – Nursing Informatics Practicum 

She has mentored pre-licensure, masters, DNP, and PhD students, and has chaired and served on numerous doctoral dissertations and projects.


Concept Areas:

  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Big data research
  • Health care administration
  • Health systems
  • Policy and program evaluation
  • Outcomes research
  • Palliative and end of life care


Dissemination activities have included national and international presentations and authorship on over 100 publications.

Professional Service

Dr. Hughes has served as a scientific reviewer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She serves as a manuscript review for several peer-reviewed health care journals. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She also a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Committee on Nursing Education and Practice and a trustee for the Institute of Safe Medication Practices.

Research Studies (Selected)

READI (Readiness Evaluation And Discharge Interventions: Implementation as a Standard Nursing Practice for Hospital Discharge. Study commissioned through a competitive process by American Nurse Credentialing Center, funding pending completion of contracts and study site recruitment. Co-Investigator. $800,000, 2014 - 2017.

Publications (Selected)

Bahr, S.J., Weiss, M., Yakusheva, O., Bang, J., & Hughes, R.G. (2020). The effect of continuity of nursing care at discharge and return to hospital. Nursing Research, 69(3), 186-196. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000417.

Costa, L., Bobay, K., Hughes, R.G., Bahr, S., Siclovan, D., Nuccio, S., & Weiss, M. (2020). Using the consolidated Framework for implementation research to evaluate clinical trials: an example from multisite nursing research. Nursing Outlook, 68, 769-783.

Warden, D.H., Hughes, R.G., Probst, J.C., Adams, S.A., & Warden, D.N. (2020). Turnover intention among nurse managers, directors, and executives: developing a tool for measuring environmental support factors. Journal of Nursing Measurement.

Yakusheva, O., Weiss, M., Bobay, K.L., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., Hamilton, M., Bang, J., & Buerhaus, P. (2019). Individual nurse productivity in preparing parents for discharge is associated with patient likelihood of 30-day return to hospital. Medical Care, 57(9), 688-694. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001170.

Wolf, Z.R., & Hughes, R.G. (2019). Best practices for nurses to decrease infusion-associated medication errors. Journal of Infusion Nursing, 42(4), 183-192. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000329.

Dreher, M.M., Hughes, R.G., Handley, P.A. & Tavakoli, A.S. (2019). Improving retention among certified nursing assistants through compassion fatigue awareness and self-care skills education. Journal of Holistic Nursing. doi: 10.1177/0898010119834180.

Taylor, K.A., McQuilken, D., & Hughes, R.G. (2019). Medical scribe impact on patient and provider experience. Military Medicine. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz030.

Weiss, M, Yakusheva, O., Bobay, K., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., Nuccio, S., Hamilton, M., Siclovan, D., Bahr, S., & Bang, J. (2019). Effect of Implementing Discharge Readiness Assessment in Adult Medical-Surgical Units on 30-day Return to Hospital. JAMA Network Open, 2(1), e187387. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.7387.

Bell, N., Hughes, R., & Lopez-De Fede, A. (2018). Collaborative practice agreements and their geographic impact on where nurse practitioners can practice. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 9(3), 5-14.

Baernholdt, M., Dunton, N., Hughes, R.G., Stone, P.W., & White, K. (2017). Quality measures – A stakeholder analysis. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000292. 

Petersen, C.L., Callahan, M.F., McCarthy, D.O., Hughes, R.G., White-Traut, R., & Bansal, N.K. (2016). An online educational initiative improves pediatric oncology nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and spiritual care competence. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing34(2), 1-10. 

Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Weiss, M.E., Hughes, R.G., & Costa, L. (2015). Models of discharge care in MagnetÒ hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration45(10), 485-491. 

Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., & Holland, D.E. (2015). A model for hospital discharge preparation: From case management to care transition. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(12), 606-614. 

Hughes, R.G., Bobay, K.L., Jolly, N.A., & Suby, C. (2015). Comparison of nurse staffing based on changes in unit-level workload associated with patient churn. Journal of Nursing Management23, 390-400. 

Hughes, R.G. & Beane, M. (2014). Health informatics and Data Harmonization. Prospective Paper. Institute of Medicine

Hughes, R.G. Beene, M.S., & Dykes, P.C. (2014). The significance of data harmonization for credentialing research. Prospective Paper. Institute of Medicine

Hughes, R.G., editor. (2008). Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses. AHRQ; Rockville, MD. Available at


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