Dana N. Rutledge, Ph.D., RN

​Faculty, Southern California CSU DNP Cons​ortium

Dana N. Rutledge, Ph.D., RN


Dr. Rutledge is experienced in designing and facilitating research and evidence-based projects on a variety of topics and has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2007, she has been the director of research for the Fibromyalgia Research & Education Center (FMREC) at California State University, Fullerton and nursing research facilitator at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California.

In her current role as director of research for FMREC, she assists in study design, implementation, analysis and write-up, working with a multidisciplinary team of women researchers and students (35+ undergraduate/master's level students every two years). This group's communication strategies have enabled them to procure intramural and private funding for various projects and the group has been successful in publishing work related to chronic pain and fibromyalgia in journals in variety of disciplines.

In her role as nursing research facilitator at St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. Rutledge works on design, implementation and analysis of research studies that address a variety of topics related to hospital nursing and hospitalized patients. She helped nurses complete countless abstracts and presentations and co-authored 16 publications focused on St. Joseph initiatives. Examples of these are those focused on a multi-site study evaluating non-psychiatric nurse competency in caring for persons with behavioral health issues and those describing implementation of programs.

Prior to reentering academics in 2002, Dr. Rutledge consulted nationally and collaborated with others on project dissemination. In her current work with DNP students, she is involved in projects on many topics. Examples include patient satisfaction with anesthesia, implementing guidelines to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy, improving documentation by nurse midwives, and a model to support the Clinical Nurse Leader role.11​