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Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, PhD, RN, FAAN

Rutgers University School of Nursing

A veteran of over 25 years of clinical practice experience as a staff nurse, nurse manager, and advanced practice nurse in acute care and outpatient settings, Dr. Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins joined the Rutgers School of Nursing (SON) faculty after receiving her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has extensive teaching experience in the SON undergraduate and PhD programs, and she has served in leadership roles on SON and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences (RBHS) committees and faculty councils. She is a tenured Associate Professor and the Associate Dean for the Division of Nursing Science in the School of Nursing. She is also serves as the Co-Chair of the SON’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Committee, a member of the RBHS Diversity Leadership Council (DLC), and the Chairperson of the DLC’s Anti-Racism Task Force.

Dr. Thomas-Hawkins is an active nursing workforce researcher, and her program of research has largely focused on the impact of nurse staffing, adequacy of nursing care processes, workload, and practice environment support on patient, safety, and nurse outcomes in outpatient dialysis settings. This work led to changes in CMS federal reguirements for RN staffing in all US outpatient dialysis centers. Her current work is focused in two areas: 1) the impact of workplace racism on nurses’ well-being and job-related outcomes, and 2) impact of structural racism on racial disparities in emergency department use among persons with kidney failure. 

Dr. Thomas-Hawkins’ leadership extends beyond the workplace. She has served on numerous local, regional, and national advisory boards and professional organization committees. She is actively involved in American Nephrology Nurses’ Association workgroups that convene to respond to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Proposed Rules for changes in kidney disease care. Dr. Thomas-Hawkins has published in numerous interdisciplinary and nursing journals and is an editorial board member for the Renal Care Society of Australasia Journal.       

Dr. Thomas-Hawkins received her diploma in nursing from Temple University Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA; her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Thomas-Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; and her Masters of Science in Nursing and PhD in nursing science from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. She was appointed as a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.