The Rutgers University Board of Governors has appointed Olga F. Jarrín Montaner, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, to the Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research for a five-year renewable term, commencing July 1, 2023.

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Olga F. Jarrín Montaner

An internationally recognized scholar, educator and researcher, Jarrín’s research focuses on the intersection of gerontological nursing and health services. She leads multiple interdisciplinary research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health on Aging focused on improving health care delivery, equity and outcomes for the U.S. Medicare beneficiary population living with chronic and advanced illness including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Jarrín’s interests in community and health systems strategies to improve health care access and safety stem from her clinical background in home health care nursing and experience as an emergency medical technician in high school and college in New Jersey. Jarrín joined the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty in 2016 after completing postdoctoral fellowships in gerontological nursing and nursing outcomes research at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Connecticut in 2010.

Jarrín is director of the Multicultural Nurse Leadership Institute at the School of Nursing (established in 1999 as the Minority Nurse Leadership Institute). She also directs the Community Health and Aging Outcomes Laboratory within the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She has mentored more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students at Rutgers and is a preceptor in the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science Academy of Mentors.

"We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Jarrín," said Linda Flynn, professor and dean of the School of Nursing. "This prestigious appointment is a testament to her outstanding contributions to nursing education, research and scholarship and her unwavering commitment to advancing evidence-based practice to improve patient care and health outcomes. We eagerly anticipate the innovative research and transformative leadership she will bring to her new position as an endowed chair."

An elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, Jarrín has earned numerous awards and distinctions, including recognition as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing by the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

The Board of Governors’ Committee on Academic and Student Affairs endorsed the renaming of the UMDNJ Endowed Professorship in Oncology Nursing to the Hunterdon Endowed Professorship in Nursing Research in May 2023 to emphasize the university’s commitment to nursing research.