Maria Ojeda

Core Faculty
College of Nursing
Ph.D. Nursing

Maria M. Ojeda received a dual DNP/Ph.D. in Nursing at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in December 2016. She also holds a Master of Public Health, Master’s and Baccalaureate degrees in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to joining Walden, Dr. Ojeda worked as a Nurse Scientist at a major hospital system where she provided expert consultation and mentoring to nurses and other health professionals on the development, design, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of research, evidence-based practice and performance improvement projects. In the past, she has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Statistics, Population Health, and Nursing Theory. She has also developed and presented continuing education courses in Research Design, Evidence-based Practice, and Statistics for audiences of practicing clinicians. Dr. Ojeda is a nationally certified family nurse practitioner licensed in the state of Florida since 1999 and is nationally certified in advanced diabetes management. Her clinical experience is in adult medicine, geriatrics, employee/occupational health, and women’s health. Dr. Ojeda’s research interests include quality and safety, population health, Diabetes mellitus, nutrition, obesity, measurement, and big data analytics. She has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as poster and podium presentations at local, regional, and national conferences.


Dual DNP/PhD, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

MPH, Florida International University

BA, Florida International University

Public Service

Miami Rescue Mission Clinic, Volunteer - Miami

Awards / Honors

Corporate Nurse of the Year - 2018, Baptist Health South Florida, 2018

Anna Ikeda-Tabor Nursing Research Award, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, 2016

Earle & Suzanne Harbison Award for Academic Excellence, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, 2012

National Health Service Corps Scholar, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1997


David, J., Ojeda, M. M., Adefisoye, J., Pardo, W. (2018). An exploration of the association of patient characteristics and pharmacological treatments to inpatient falls among patients at-risk for falling during hospitalization. Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal

Russell, R., Ojeda, M. M. (2017). Increasing RN perceived competency with substance use disorder patients. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Ojeda, M. M. (2016). Carbohydrate counting in the acute care setting: Development of an educational program based on cognitive load theory. Creative Nursing

Williams, L., Walker, G., Gidel, L., Loewenherz, J., Kelly, G., Ojeda, M. M. (2016). 58: A propensity-matched study of the association of contrast and acute kidney injury in ICU patients. Critical Care Medicine

Patten, Y., Ojeda, M. M., Lindgren, C. (2016). An assessment of palliative care beliefs and knowledge: the healthcare provider's perspective. International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Gonzalez, A., Romero, R., Ojeda, M. M., Rabaza, J. (2015). Intravenous acetaminophen in bariatric surgery: Effects on opioid requirements. Journal of Surgical Research

Halberstein, R., Sirkin, A., Ojeda-Vaz, M. M. (2010). When less is better: A comparison of homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies. Annals of Epidemiology

Halberstein, R., DeSantis, L., Padron-Fajardo, V., Ojeda-Vaz, M. M. (2007). Healing with Bach Flower Essences: Testing a complementary therapy. Journal of Evidence-based Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Morrow, C., Bandstra, E., Johnson, A., Hagues, M., Ojeda-Vaz, M. M. (1997). Cognitive functioning in 3-year-old children exposed prenatally to cocaine #1218. Pediatric Research

Morrow, C., Bandstra, E., Johnson, A., Wasserman, E., Ojeda-Vaz, M. M., Churchill, S. (1997). Language functioning in 3-year-old African-American children exposed prenatally to cocaine #1217. Abstracts The American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research


Ojeda, M. M., David, J., Vega, L., Brown-Rowe, A., Adefisoye, J. (2017). A Project Think-Tank for Innovations and Nursing Research (PTT-INR).

Ojeda, M. M., David, J., Vega, L., Brown-Rowe, A., Adefisoye, J. (2017). A Project Think-Tank for Innovations and Nursing Research (PTT-INR).

Butler, E., Ojeda, M. M., Prentiss, A. (2016). Improving outcomes through performance improvement, evidence-based practice, or research: Choosing the right road.

Butler, E., Ojeda, M. M. (2016). Assessment of parental, coach, and athlete knowledge of sport related concussions in children participating in a youth football league.

Ojeda, M. M. (2017). Nursing staff characteristics and glycemic control outcomes among non-critically ill hospitalized patients with Diabetes mellitus.

Ojeda, M. M. (2015). Carbohydrate counting in the acute care setting: an educational intervention.

Lee, R., Sanchez, R., Berni, L., Nealey, J., Ojeda, M. M. (2015). Outcomes of sepsis patients using noninvasive cardiac output monitoring to guide fluid resuscitation.

Lindgren, C., Nery, J., Ojeda, M. M., Bowling, J., Amado Tate, D. (2015). Survey of nursing practice at Doctors Hospital.

Patten, Y., Ojeda, M. M., Lindgren, C. (2015). An Assessment of Current Palliative Care Beliefs and Knowledge: The Primary Palliative Care Providers' Perspective.

Barnes*, M., Ojeda, M. M., Lee, R., Dumas, K. (2014). The perceived value of certification and education among registered nurses.

Filomeno, R., Rueda, G., Garay, A., Commock, S., Cuthbert, E., Ojeda, M. M. (2013). The effects of an educational intervention based on visual cues and a buddy system on the incidence and prevalence of pressure ulcers.

Ojeda, M. M. (2013). Obesity interventions: Comparing two theoretical approaches.

Filomeno, R., Boudreau, S., Ojeda, M. M. (2013). SCALE-Skin changes at life's end: An educational intervention for intensive care, and medical surgical nurses.

Susan, G., Ojeda, M. M. (2012). Measuring cultural competence in the acute care setting.