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About Dana N. Rutledge, PhD, RN

Dr. Rutledge, a registered nurse, is experienced in designing and facilitating research and evidence-based projects on a variety of topics and has authored/co-authored more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  One of her strengths is being able to assist others to design research studies, and to document implementation and evaluation of clinical projects. She tries to help others understand the differences and similarities between research studies, quality improvement projects, and evidence-based practice initiatives.

In her current work with Doctor of Nursing Practice students at the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium and in her consultations with nurses at St. Joseph Hospital (Orange CA), Dr. Rutledge promotes use of systematic approaches to making practice changes using models such as the Iowa Model of Evidence Base Practice and the integrated-Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (iPARIHS) model. Sheis involved in projects on diverse topics. Examples include implementing guidelines to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy and supportive care in non-critical care units.


2012 - Present DNP Coordinator, California State University, Fullerton ‐ Southern CA CSU DNP Collaborative
2008 - Present Professor of Nursing, California State University, Fullerton
2006 - Present Director of Research, California State University, Fullerton ‐ Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Center
2004 - Present Consultant/Nursing Research Facilitator, Providence St. Joseph Health St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA

Curriculum Vitae


2018 - Present Barriers and Facilitators to Chronic Pain Management in Low Income Overweight Hispanic Adults
University of California Irvine Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences
Community Engagement Unit Campus-Community Research Incubator Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Patricia Cantero
2018 - Present Fibromyalgia Research & Education Center: Center and Institute Planning and Expansion Program
California State University, Fullerton
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Barbara Cherry
2011 - 2012 Physical and Cognitive Status of People Aged 50+With and Without Fibromyalgia: A Longitudinal Study.
California State University, Fullerton
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Cherry Jones, Rose Zettel-Watson
2010 - 2011 Circumstances of Falls among People with Fibromyalgia
California State University, Fullerton
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Rose, Jones
2009 - 2010 Prevalence, Type, and Severity of Chronic Pain among Overweight/Obese, Low Income Latino Adults Aged 40+
Centers for Disease Control
Interdisciplinary Approach to Address Obesity: From Infancy through Adulthood
Role: Co-investigator
Colleague(s): Jones, Zettel-Watson, McMahon
2007 - 2009 FAME Project: Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management, and Education
UniHealth Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Jones
2007 - 2007 Emergency Department Pediatric Temperature Study
Gamma Tau Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Amy Waunch
2005 - 2006 Effects of topical 024 essential oils on level of exercise during a 12-week exercise program for women with fibromyalgia: A randomized, placebo controlled study
Swiss Medica
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Jessie Jones
2002 - 2006 CalNOC Partners to Reduce Patient Falls Project
Agency for Health Care Research & Quality - 1-U18 HS 13704-01
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): N.E. Donaldson
1994 - 1994 Effects of Regional Networking and Continuing Education on RN Research Use
Gamma Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): N.E. Donaldson
1990 - 1991 Effectiveness of the Sensor Pad(TM) on Lump Detection
Vanderbilt University Research Council
Role: Principal Investigator
1988 - 1990 Drug-Induced Shivering: Effects of a Nursing Measure
National Center for Nursing Research - 1 ROl NR018790 01
Role: Project Director
Colleague(s): Barbara I. Holtzclaw
1988 - 1989 Effectiveness of the Sensor Pad(TM) on Lump Detection
Dean's Fund for Research, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Role: Principal Investigator
1985 - 1986 Exploration of Factors Affecting Mammography Behaviors in Employed Women
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Pathology
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): William Hartmann, M.D., Alan Winfield, M.D., Pat Oney Kinman, RN, MSN
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Professional Service and Affiliations

1985 - Present Member, Oncologv Nursing Society
1985 - Present Member, Sigma Theta Tau (National Honor Society for Nursing)
1980 - Present Member, American Nurses' Association
1993 - 2002 Member, Western Society for Research in Nursing/Western Institute of Nursing
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013, Faculty Recognition - Scholarly & Creative Activity, CSUF.
  • 2012, Leadership in Innovation Award, Upsilon Beta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International, Fullerton CA
  • 2011, Faculty Marshal (College of Health & Human Development), CSUF, $1000
  • 2011, Research Poster Presentation Award, Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conference, $200. With Amy Waunch, MSN, RN, FNP, CEN
  • 2010, University of California, Irvine Clinical & Translational Science Award for Outstanding Community Research, Nursing
  • 2010, Faculty Recognition - Scholarly & Creative Activity, Research that has led to the generation, integration, and dissemination of significant knowledge of work, CSUF
  • 2009, Faculty Recognition - Service to Students, California State University Fullerton.
  • 2007, Ellyn Bushkin Friend of the Foundation Award, Oncology Nursing Society Foundation.
  • 2006 Faculty Scholar Award for College of Health and Human Development (CSUF), $1000.
  • 2006 Clinical Scholar, UCLA 5th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference, “Creating Enthusiasm and Motivation for 2006 Evidence-Based Practice Changes” Los Angeles.
  • 2005, Nominee, ONS/Roche Laboratories Distinguished Service Award, August 2005
  • 2004, Congress Scholarship Award (Sanofi-Synthelabo, INC),ONS Foundation, $1000.
  • 2004, Recognition for Outstanding Scholarship & Creative Activity (resulting in highest quality, peer reviewed journal articles), Department of Nursing, CSUF.
  • 2003, Keynote Speaker, Scripps Cancer Center’s 23rd Annual Nurses Symposium, “Evidence-Based Practice: What Does it Mean to Cancer Nurses?” La Jolla, CA.
  • 2003, Distinguished Lecturer, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, “Evidence Based Practice at a Cancer Center”
  • 2001, Mentor, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing Mentor/Fellow Writing Program
  • 1994, Excellence in Research Award, Gamma Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 1988, Deans’ Award for Recognition of Faculty Achievement in Scholarly Endeavors, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
  • 1985, Inducted Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing.


1985 PhD, University of Texas, Austin ‐ Nursing/Research
1980 MSN, University of Kentucky ‐ Nursing, Adult Health Nursing/Education
1976 BSN, DePauw University

Research Works (91)