Roberta A. Capewell PhD, CRNP, RN
701 Central Ave. Ocean City, NJ 08226
1644 Hance Lane, Garnet Valley, PA 19061
Alternate cell 609-682-0044
1) Obtain a public health leadership position where I can offer my public health outreach,
clinical, quality management, nursing research, and teaching experience of over 35
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah. PhD in Nursing 2010.
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Post-Master’s Teaching Certification, 2003.
Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA. 1985. MSN. Nursing Administration.
New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, Piscataway, NJ, and Rutgers University College
of Nursing, Newark, NJ. Nurse Practitioner Program, 1976.
Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, NJ, BS. Nursing. 1973
2011 Editorial Board – American Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Movement
2011 Board of Directors – American Association of Safe Patient Handling & Movement
2011 Bariatric Work Group – Veteran's Health Administration national task force (promoting
safety, dignity and quality care for morbidly obese individuals)
2011 American Nurses Association Senior Policy Fellow/Division of Occupational and
2009 Florida Organization of Nurse Executives scholarship recipient.
2009-2010 Florida State Nurses Association, Board of Directors and Nursing Delegate to
Florida State Nurses Association Convention
2008 NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award for participation as a
partner on a study to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing a safe patient handling and
movement curriculum in schools of nursing. Given to partnership groups that best demonstrate
successful high impact partnerships in conducting occupational safety and health research.
Awarded March 9, 2009 by NIOSH.
2008 Sigma Theta Tau Nursing research scholarship recipient
2007-2009 Pre-doc Internship. Clinical Nurse Specialist Trainee. Awarded by Veterans Health
Administration, Office of Academic Affiliations, Washington, DC.
Site: Bay Pines Veteran’s Healthcare System, Bay Pines, FL
1985 Award for Academic Achievement, Graduate Nursing Program, Villanova University, 1985
1985 Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society for Nursing, induction as member
Sophomore Class President, Rutgers University, 1970
University Senate, Rutgers University, 1969
Title: Evaluation of a Tool Kit for Safe Patient Handling in the Home Care Setting
Role: Primary Investigator
Research Question: In community nursing what are the barriers and facilitators in using
equipment designed primarily for hospitals to move patients safely in their homes?
Grantor: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Funded 2008-2009
Study Site: VISN 8 Florida in the Tampa Bay area near the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital,
Member: Research Council. Bay Pines Veteran’s Healthcare Administration, Bay Pines, Florida
SELECTED CONTINUING EDUCATION:
Joint Commission Nurse Surveyor training, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Temple University, School of Business. Post–Master’s Marketing Management course, 3 CR
RN licensure in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE:
New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE) 2008 to present
American Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals -member
New Jersey State Nurses Association - member
American Nurses Association – member 35+ years
Sigma Theta Tau: member since 1985.
The Alexis De Tocqueville Society of United Way since 2004
National League for Nursing, 2003 to 2010
Rutgers University Alumni Association, 1973 to present
Villanova Alumni Association, 1985 to present
National Association for Home Care - member
New Jersey Affiliation of Home Health Agencies, Membership, Regulatory Affairs, and
Government Councils – past member
Capewell, R.A. (2011). Safe patient handling in home health care: A review of the
literature. Am J Safe Patient Handling & Movement. 1 (2). in press.
Capewell, R.A., Brown, D., & Rockefeller, K. (2011). Evaluation of a tool kit for
safe patient handling in the home care setting. Am J Safe Patient Handling &
Movement. 1(1), 22-29.
Capewell, R.A. (2011). Success of the ANA's Handle With Care Program ™ to
reduce musculoskeletal injuries for nurses. American Nurse Today. February,
RECENT SELECTED VOLUNTEER WORK:
Bucks County Health Department H1N1 flu drive 2009. RN volunteer at Flu Drill site in a public
school where over 1,000 flu shots were administered utilizing commander, volunteer
professional staff, paramedics, and volunteer nonprofessional staff.
Coordinator, H1N1 flu drive, LaSalle University School of Nursing 2009. Coordinated vaccine
delivery, set-up 5 flu clinics, educated RN volunteers, administered H1N1 flu vaccines to 230
students and employees, oversaw and delivered Philadelphia/PA Department of Health
PROFESSIONAL NURSING EXPERIENCE:
2011 Healthy Nurses 2020 – "For a safer and healthier nursing workforce today & tomorrow"
Recent start-up of a non-profit organization for New Jersey nurses whose mission
is to advocate for measures to reduce musculoskeletal injuries for nursing staff.
The aim is to reduce risk for injuries through education of nursing students &
faculty, and personnel in licensed heath care organizations needing assistance
with beginning a safe patient handling program for their company. In 2008, NJ
passed a bill mandating implementation of safe patient handling programs in all
licensed healthcare facilities.
2011 Veterans Health Administration Bariatric Work Group. St. Petersburg, Florida
May 16-18 Purpose is to write patient handling protocols for the VHA for handling morbidly
obese patients and make equipment recommendations for over 100 health
systems nationwide. Work is ongoing.
August 2009 LaSalle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences. 1900 W. Olney Ave.,
to Dec 2010 Philadelphia, PA. Supervisor: Zane Wolf, PhD, RN FAAN, Dean.
Public Health Nursing - Assistant Professor: Supervised nursing students in
homeless shelters, day care centers, and on home visits in center city
Philadelphia during their public health nursing clinical rotation. Supervised
students learning the role of the school nurse in Bristol Township Public Schools,
PA. Taught Public Health Nursing in the classroom. Supervised public health
community projects performed by students in Philadelphia, Bucks, and
August 2007 James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Safe Patient Handling Center of Inquiry.
August 2009 Tampa, Fl (non-paid PhD student)
Principle Investigator: Home care safe patient handling research.
Research supervisors: Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN, FAAN Center Director; Gail
Powell-Cope, PhD, RN, FAAN; David Brown, PhD, PT,; Kathleen Rockefeller, ScD,
Enrolled Hillsborough County FL patient subjects in research study in their homes
(2009) that were dependent for ADL's, walking, transferring, and home-bound.
Enrolled home health aide subjects at Bayada Nurses, Tampa, FL who cared for
Intervention: A tool kit was provided to each HHA including two portable patient
lifts, a box of silicone-coated sliding sheets, an air-powered air mattress, a gait-
belt with handles, and a second lateral transfer sliding sheet device (SLIPP).
Aides used the equipment as needed to move patients on home visits preventing
manual lifting and sliding of patients in bed and out of bed.
Findings: 90% of HHAs with musculoskeletal discomfort and pain pre-
implementation of equipment reported 0% pain in just two months after
implementation of safe patient handling equipment (p=.04).
August 2007 University of South Florida, College of Nursing. 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
January 2010 Tampa, FL 33612. Instructor : Full-time.
Supervisor: Sandra Cadena, PhD. Associate Dean
Community Health Nursing instructor: supervised students working in community
health clinics throughout the Tampa Bay area. Taught an on-line community
health nursing course for RN to BSN students.
Clinical Coordinator: Tampa General Hospital. Instructed nursing students to
provide inpatient care and outpatient care in one of the largest comprehensive
medical centers in the U.S. (6 ICU's, 16 medical-surgical floors, emergency
department, inpatient mental health, and outpatient services. Coordinated
clinical group rotations and daily patient care with nurses and nurse managers,
educators, case management and social work department, therapy, and nursing
Introduced safe patient handling to the college in 2007 which won the 2009
Partnering Award in 2009 from NIOSH. Personally trained over 450 nursing
students and faculty in safe handling equipment and ergonomics from 2007-2009.
Obtained $140,000 in free safe patient handling equipment for the university. The
equipment has been in use since 2007 to train both nursing and physical therapy
Grant Writing at USF and IRB
Funded for one $42,000 grant 2008 - 2009 by NIOSH for safe patient handling
research in home health care, the first study of its' kind internationally.
Dec 2007 Bay Pines Veteran’s Healthcare Administration, Bay Pines, FL 33744
To Jun 09 Paid Pre-Doc Clinical Nurse Specialist Trainee, Nursing Education Department.
Preceptors: Marquetta Flaugher, PhD, ARNP and Joan Lorenz, MSN, RN
Accomplishments: Under the direction of the Director of Nursing Education at the
VA, prepared IRB application for doctoral research in community health and safe
patient handling, and submitted it to IRB committee. Taught and promoted
evidence-based practice through participation on Nursing Research Council.
Performed literature reviews for nurse managers and nurse educators at the VA
in order to update nursing procedures with evidence-based care. Promoted and
supported safe patient handling and movement at this VA by inviting equipment
vendors to demonstrate and donate state of the art patient lifts and lateral
transfer devices for injury prevention.
Provided outreach to Veterans, wives and family caregivers in Pinellas County, FL
May 2003 NBN Infusion and Newborn Nurses. 2 Pin Oak Ave. Cherry Hill, NJ
To 2007 Visiting nurse.
Performed intermittent home visits for the purpose of health assessment,
treatments, point of service medications, hospital admission prevention
and post-hospitalization nursing assessments, Heparin and Lovenox
injections, wound care, TB case management, IV antibiotic and Factor 8
infusion at home or in schools, phlebotomy, PICC line care and dressing
changes, review of CPR and equipment troubleshooting for babies at
home on oxygen and pulse oximetry and home apnea monitors, and
assessment for need for referral to early intervention centers.
Performed private duty homecare for ventilator dependent infants and
children and young adults needing skilled nursing and complex case
management. Typical clients were high-risk peri-natal mothers, preemies,
infants, children, and adults with chronic illnesses.
NJ service area: Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Camden, Salem
PA service area: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester counties
2004 to 2006 Bayada Nurses. 386 Chester Ave. Morrestown, NJ
Visiting nurse. Per diem
Performed private duty home care for children with devastating chronic illness
requiring 24 hour RNs due the need for frequent assessment and presence of
tracheotomies, gastrostomy and intermittent feeding tube insertion, and high
tech pumps and other equipment.
June 2002 Shore Memorial Hospital, 1 E. New York Ave, Somers Point, NJ
To April 03 Staff nurse. Full time – Inpatient Pediatrics with rotation to adult med/surg
April 2000 to Visiting Nurse Service System, Inc. 150 Ninth Ave. Runnemede, NJ 08078
Dec. 2001 Director, Corporate Compliance Program and Quality Improvement; Corporate
Compliance Officer; Director Nursing Education; Employee Health Nurse
One of 3 senior executives hired on an transitional team to oversee the operation
of the largest non-profit home health agency in New Jersey with 1,800 employees
undergoing reorganization during implementation of Medicare’s Balanced Budget
Act of 2000. Took on responsibility of numerous leadership roles during
downsizing to ensure continuing operations and quality care and services
throughout branch offices in NJ.
Removed accounts receivables to cash flow of $2 million leading company out
of bankruptcy until its sale. Audited hundreds of medical records and
oversaw Medical Records departments in corporate office and 3 branches.
Led organization through two state health department and two successful
Joint Commission surveys involving hospice, home health, pharmacy, and
DME companies of parent and ancillary organizations in NJ and NC.
Demonstrated quality management systems could continue during period of
over 1,000 employee layoffs during enormous corporate downsizing
Oversaw quality management of the hospice organization and performed
home visits to mentor field staff
Union, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth, Gloucester, Camden, Atlantic, Cape
May, Salem, Cumberland Counties
Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
February 98 McBee Associates, Wayne, PA
To May 2000 Healthcare Consultant and Manager.
Provided consulting and medical record audits for hospitals preparing for
Joint Commission surveys or Medicare billing audits
Turned around Medicare and Medicaid receivables in hospitals through
completion of billing and medical record audits
Provided education to healthcare leaders in Philadelphia area hospitals and
home health agencies related to quality issues and medical record
February 98 Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
May 2000 1 Renaissance Blvd. Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Home Care and Hospice Nurse surveyor
Performed 3 to 10 day surveys of simple and multi-system organizations.
Traveled 15 days a month to survey in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas,
Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana.
Joint Commission accomplishments:
33 home care and hospice organizations surveyed
Improved presentation skills, public speaking, and technical expertise in
home health, hospice, DME, and pharmacy
Taught evidence-based practice and became and expert in QI, PI
1995 to Carvell Home Care, Inc. 1051 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
March 1998 Administrator, and Director of Clinical Services
Director of Nursing Education. Director Quality Improvement
This unique company specializes in providing homecare to Russian-speaking
clients in the Philadelphia area.
Started new company for owner/President from 1995 to 1996.
Obtained contracts with insurance companies and new business
Developed QI plan, policies and procedures. Developed monthly and
quarterly QI reports. Ran meetings. Reported to Board of Directors.
Ensured Medicaid and Medicare billing was in accordance with federal
regulations. Performed hundreds of chart audits
Developed personnel files and performed audits
Insured compliance with state health department, ADA, CDC, OSHA
Oversaw Joint Commission and State Health Department surveys
Provided education to non-English speaking home health aides including a
home health aide certification course.
Arranged for Nursing Spectrum Magazine to visit Carvell HomeCare. Three
articles written about the company.
1995 to 1997 Personal Touch Homecare. 19 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Director of Clinical Services, Nursing Education, Quality Improvement
Education and Supervisory Responsibilities and Accomplishments:
Supervised 75 field staff and provided clinical expertise on home visits.
Educated field staff on home visits, new employee orientation, and mandatory
annual in-service education.
Oversaw Joint Commission and State Health Department surveys
1989 to 1994 The Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. 3300 Henry Ave., Philadelphia,
Hospital Department Head.
Administrative Director of Admissions Department,
Inpatient Business Office, Preadmission Testing, and Emergency Center
Managed nursing professional and clerical staff of 35
Responsible for hospital department operations 24/7.
Participated on hospital management teams: quality improvement, risk
management, error-free billing, implementation of data management
software, patient care committee.
Coordinated services with social work, medical records, inpatient and
outpatient billing, nursing, diagnostic testing and radiology
1986 to 1989 US Healthcare. 980 Jolly Rd. Bluebell, PA 19422
Director of US Healthcare’s first Pediatric Home Care Program.
Administrator and Clinical Director of Admissions and Precertification Dept.
Director of High Risk Pregnancy Program. Reported to Medical Directors.
Accomplishments in Implementation of Innovative Care
Supervised a nursing professional and clerical staff of 23
Saved organization 3.1 million dollars in new programs initiated to reduce
inpatient stays of technology-dependent infants in the Delaware Valley
First RN to begin on-site hospital case management to promote earlier
discharge in the insurance industry in the Philadelphia region.
Developed private duty and RN homecare staffing in numerous home
health agencies in order for NICU patients to be discharged earlier from
ICU’s – a cost savings for US Healthcare in the millions.
Made home visits to newborn/postpartum cases as a pediatric nurse
practitioner after early 48 hour discharge to home from hospital
1986 to 1987 Visiting Nurse Service of Chester County. Wayne, PA
Coordinator of Maternal-Child Programs. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Expanded pediatric and high-risk maternity programs
Obtained contracts with school districts to perform school physicals
Obtained grant for outreach to pregnant teens in public schools
Performed outreach to families in poverty primarily in Downingtown,
Kenneth Square, and West Chester, PA primarily to transient workers in
mushroom farms and women without prenatal care
Performed outreach and lead poisoning screening in homes
Improved billing to Medicaid and significantly increased revenue
1983 to 1986 St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Philadelphia, PA.
Emergency Center nurse. Full time
1981 to 1983 Allentown Hospital. Allentown, PA
Staff Nurse. Full-time
1976 to 1981 Visiting Nurse Association of Lehigh County, Allentown, PA
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Public Health Nurse, Lead Poisoning
Over 2000 home visits made to high risk peri-natal and
newborn/postpartum patients as part of Healthy Moms/Healthy Babies
Child Abuse & Neglect Case Management. Case load of 30 children
followed jointly with Children & Youth Services of Lehigh County.
Pediatric nurse practitioner's provided initial physical examination when
children were removed from homes. PNP's and C&Y caseworkers
alternated home visits to parents or made joint home visits if homes
were unsafe. Goals were to re-unite or prevent separation of parent
from child by teaching parents coping skills through parenting
intervention programs, role modeling on home visits, enrollment into
respite care for parents with technologically dependent children, and
enrollment into state and county resources for food, medicine, and
Created and coordinated the first lead poisoning screening and
treatment, and prevention program in the Lehigh Valley with the
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allentown and Bethlehem Health
Departments and Bi-City Housing Bureau. Personally performed blood
lead screening tests of 500 children in enormous outreach program
which I led. After the initial 500 children were screened in Allentown,
and Allentown was deemed to have a significant lead poisoning
problem, the CDC funded additional testing and longevity for the
project. Published in a CDC Morbidity and Mortality habitation with
infants and children residing.Weekly Report.
Approximately 200 home visits made per month throughout Lehigh
County seeing adults, pregnant women, infants and children with
communicable diseases, in poverty, with failure to thrive, attention
deficit disorder, cancer, substance abuse, TB, burns, MVA's, and homes
deemed unfit for human habitation with children residing.
Provided appropriate case management and referral to city, county, and
state health department resources such as WIC, Planned Parenthood,
TB clinic, subsidized housing, food stamps, and other Medicaid
Coordination of 5 public health clinics operated bimonthly in subsidized
housing projects and in the Allentown Hospital. PNPs took clinics on
the road and set them up on site. Treated several thousand infants &
children over 5 years as a PNP and PHN. I ran 1-2 clinics per week.
1973 to 1975 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Staff Development Specialist and staff nurse, full-time
1972 to 1973 St. Peter's University Hospital. New Brunswick, NJ
LPN. Inpatient med/surg unit (May to Sept)
1968 to 1971 Millville Hospital. Millville, NJ
Central Processing and operating room aide (June to Sept)
RECENT POSTER PRESENTATIONS:
Poster presentation, March 29-April 2, 2010. Dissertation research. 10th Annual Safe Patient
Handling Movement Conference, sponsored by VHA, ANA, NIOSH, USF, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Poster presentation, November 2009. NORA Research Symposium. University of South Florida
Tampa, FL Preliminary findings of dissertation research.
Poster presentation, March 30-April 3, 2009, Kissimmee, FL. 9th Annual Safe Patient Handling
and Movement Conference, sponsored by VHA, ANA, NIOSH, University of South Florida
Poster presentation, March 26, 2009, Villanova University. Sigma Theta Tau Research
Symposium, Villanova, PA
Poster presentation, March 2-3, 2007 Park City, Utah. Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Making
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 2003 to 2010
Taught students in every community, hospital inpatient and hospital outpatient clinical setting
including in NICU, PICU, High-risk peri-natal and OB clinics, emergency centers, mental health
centers, homeless shelters, health department programs, schools,(school nurse experience),
and home health agencies in Pennsylvania and Florida universities while pursuing PhD in
University of South Florida, BSN Program. (Tampa General Hospital inpatient units 6 ICUs,
16 Med/Surg I, II, III, Women's Health) (outpatient clinics owned by the hospital throughout
Tampa – high risk peri-natal, pediatrics, oncology, OB/GYN, surgery, medicine)
LaSalle University, BSN Program (Public health nursing community clinical at a homeless
shelter for families with children and school nursing in Bristol Township School District),
(geriatric nursing clinical at the Mason's Community Living Center, Whitemarsh, PA)
Eastern University, St. David’s, PA, BSN Program (Med/Surg inpatient care at
Magee Rehabiitation Hospital on spinal cord injury unit)
Villanova University, BSN Program (Pediatrics) inpatient care at CHOP and St. Christopher's
University of Pennsylvania, BSN Program (Community clinical at mental health outpatient
treatment center, geriatrics at nursing home, physical assessment in a lab
Episcopal School of Nursing, Diploma Program (inpatient and outpatient Pediatrics) at
Temple Children's Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Frankford School of Nursing, ADN program (inpatient Med/Surg) at Frankford Hospital
Lehigh Carbon Community College, ADN Program (L &D, high risk peri-natal inpatient and
outpatient units, L&D, postpartum/newborn nurseries, OR, at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center,
Montgomery County Community College, ADN Program (inpatient Pediatrics, L&D, NICU) at
Abington Memorial Hospital and (outpatient OB/GYN clinic) at Montgomery Hospital,
References upon request
Updated June 2, 2011