Rana Halabi Najjar, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P. (She/her/هي)

  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Biography

My research focus is on obesity, weight bias, and disordered eating. Currently, I am working on examining the effectiveness and feasibility of an obesity sensitivity training intervention among nurses and other healthcare providers. The purpose of this intervention is to increase awareness of weight bias , enhance the health care provider-client interaction, and maximize opportunity for adoption of healthy behaviors.

I am also currently working on nursing education/simulation research. Prior research included developing and testing psychometric properties of tools used in undergraduate nursing Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Objective Structured Clinical Assessments (OSCAs). Currently, we are examining the perceptions and experiences of students with OSCE/As.

Education and training

    • B.S.N., 1995, American University of Beirut
    • M.S.N., 2004, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
    • P.N.P., 2004, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
    • Ph.D., 2011, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Fellowship

    • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity Leadership Institute Fellow, 2022

Memberships and associations:

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Western Institute of Nursing

Honors and awards

  • Memorial Herman Healthcare System Star Award, 2004
  • Watanbae Scholarship Award, 2008 & 2009
  • UCLA Health Sytem Auxillary Award, 2009
  • Leahy Scholarship Award, 2009 & 2010
  • Delores Jones Scholarship Award, 2010
  • Nurse Leaders Scholarship Award, 2011
  • OHSU School Of Nursing Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 & 2020
  • OHSU Flame Faculty (Mentor) Award, 2020
  • DAISY Faculty Award, 2021
  • Presidential Challenge Coin, OHSU 2019

Publications

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Selected publications

  •  Docherty, A., Najjar, R., Combs, S, Woolley, & Stoyles, S. (2019). Postpartum depression screening in the first year: A cross-sectional provider analysis in Oregon. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000250
  • Docherty, A., Warkentin, P., Borgen, J., Garthe, K., Fischer, K.L., & Najjar, R.H. (2018) Enhancing student engagement: Innovative strategies for intentional learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 470-474. doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2018.05.001
  • Najjar, R.H, Jacob, E., & Evangelista, L. (2018).  Eating behaviors, weight bias, and psychological functioning in multi-ethnic low-income adolescents.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 81-87. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2017.11.008
  • Noone, J., Wros, P., Najjar, R., Cortez, D., & Magdaleno, L. (2016).  Advancing health equity through student empowerment & professional success:  A state-wide approach.  Journal of Nursing Education, 55, 316-322. doi:10.3928/01484834-20160516-03  
  • Najjar, R. H., Docherty, A., & Miehl, N. (2016). Psychometric properties of an objective structured clinical assessment tool. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 88–95. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.003
  • Najjar, R.H., Lyman, B., & Miehl, N.  (2015). Nursing students’ experiences with High-Fidelity Simulation.  International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12, 1548-923X. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2015-0010
  •  Noone, J., Najjar, R., Quintana, A., Koithan, M., Vaugh, S. (2020). Nursing workforce diversity: Promising educational practice. Journal of Professional Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.02.011
  • Docherty, A., Stoyles, S., Najjar, R., Woolley, R. (2022). Oregon PRAMS 2012-2018: Revealing racial inequity in postpartum depression. Research in Nursing & Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.22214
  • Noone, J., & Najjar, R.H. (2021). Minimizing Unconscious Bias in Admission to Nursing School. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(6), 317-323. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20210520-03
  • Noone, J., Najjar, R., Quintana, A., Koithan, & M., Vaugh, S. (2020). Nursing workforce diversity: Promising educational practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(5), 386-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.02.011
  • Docherty, A., Najjar, R., Combs, S, Woolley, & Stoyles, S. (2019). Postpartum depression screening in the first year: A cross-sectional provider analysis in Oregon. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners,32(4), 308-315. https://doi.org/10.1097/JXX.0000000000000250
  • Docherty, A., Warkentin, P., Borgen, J., Garthe, K., Fischer, K.L., & Najjar, R.H. (2018) Enhancing student engagement: Innovative strategies for intentional learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34, 470-474. doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2018.05.001
  • Najjar, R.H, Jacob, E., & Evangelista, L. (2018). Eating behaviors, weight bias, and psychological functioning in multi-ethnic low-income adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 81-87. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2017.11.008
  • Noone, J., Wros, P., Najjar, R., Cortez, D., & Magdaleno, L. (2016). Advancing health equity through student empowerment & professional success: A state-wide approach. Journal of Nursing Education, 55, 316-322. doi:10.3928/01484834-20160516-03
  • Najjar, R. H., Docherty, A., & Miehl, N. (2016). Psychometric properties of an objective structured clinical assessment tool. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12, 88–95. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.003
  • Najjar, R.H., Lyman, B., & Miehl, N. (2015). Nursing students’ experiences with High-Fidelity Simulation. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12, 1548-923X. doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2015-0010

Publications

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