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Barbara Mark, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sarah Frances Russell Professor

Phone: (919) 843-6209
Specialty Area: Systems/Policy/Informatics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 508

Dr. Mark has been involved for more than 25 years in the study of work environments, quality and safety in acute care hospitals.


N928: Organizational Theory Applied to Nursing
N933: Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches

Externally Funded Grants

Currently Funded Projects

Mark, B.A., Principal Investigator. Research Training in Quality Health Care and Patient Outcomes. Institutional Research Training Grant (T32). National Institute of Nursing Research. 2004–2014.

Completed Funded Projects

Mark, B.A. Principal Investigator. Nurse Staffing, Hospital Financial Performance and Quality of Care. (R01). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 1995-2011.

Mark, B.A. Principal Investigator. A Model of Patient and Nursing Administration Outcomes. (R01), National Institute for Nursing Research (NIH). 1995–2009.

Selected Publications

Mark, B.A., Harless, D.W., Spetz, J., Reiter, K., & Pink, G. California’s minimum nurse staffing legislation: Results from a natural experiment. (2012). Health Services Research. Epub ahead of print. September 21.

Gates, M., & Mark, B.A. (2012). Demographicdiversity, value congruence, and workplace outcomes in acute care. Research in Nursing and Health. 35(3):265-276.

Cho, S.-H & Mark, B.A. Turnover of New Graduate Nurses in their First Job Using Survival Analysis, (2012). Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 44(1):63-70.

Reiter, K., Harless, D., Pink, G. & Mark, B.A. (2012). The effects of minimum nurse staffing legislation on financial performance of California hospitals. Health Services Research. 47(3): 1030-1050.

Cho, S.-H., Masselink, L., Jones, C.B., & Mark, B.A. (2011). Internationally Educated Nurse Hiring: Geographic Distribution, Community and Hospital Characteristics. Nursing Economics. 29(6): 308-316.

Mark, B.A., & Harless, D.W. (2011). Adjusting for patient acuity in the measurement of nurse staffing: two approaches. Nursing Research. 60(2):107-114.Chang, Y.K. & Mark, B.A. (2011). Effects of learning climate and registered nurse staffing on medication errors. Nursing Research, 60(1): 32-39.

Cho, S.-H., Mark, B.A., Yun, S.-C., Joon, K. J. (2011). Differences in intensive care unit work environments among and within hospitals using subscales and a composite measure of the revised nursing work index, Journal of Advanced Nursing. Epub ahead of print June 7.

Reiter, K., Harless, D., Pink, G., Spetz, J., & Mark, B. A. (2011). The effect of minimum nurse staffing legislation on uncompensated care provided by California hospitals, Medical Care Research and Review.68(3):332-351.

Harless, D.W., & Mark, B.A. (2010). Nurse staffing and quality of care with direct measurement of in-patient staffing, Medical Care, 48(7), 659-663.

Mark, B.A., & Harless, D.W. (2010). Nurse staffing and post-surgical complications using the present on admission (POA) indicator. Research in Nursing and Health, 33(1), 35-47.