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Priscilla Gazarian, Ph.D

Priscilla Gazarian, Ph.D

Priscilla Gazarian, Ph.D

Priscilla Gazarian, Ph.D
Priscilla Gazarian, Ph.D
Professor Currently on Sabbatical
Associate Professor of Nursing (undergraduate nursing)
300 The Fenway - S-338B Boston, MA 02115USA


Dr. Gazarian's research interests include nurse decision making related to the prevention of adverse events and innovative teaching strategies. While completing her graduate degree in critical care nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, she was the recipient of an Academic Excellence Award for Graduate Nursing. She also was the recipient of a Goodman and Alexander Fellowship to support her dissertation research at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Gazarian coordinates the 18 month Accelerated Second Bachelors Program at Simmons College and teaches Clinical Decision Making, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Nursing Process and Skills, Nursing Research Seminar. She has presented nationally on the use of innovative teaching strategies. She was the recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award in 2005 presented by the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Dr. Gazarian is developing a program of research on nurse decision making. She has an appointment as a Nurse Scientist at the Center for Nursing Excellence at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has received funding from the Association of Critical Care Nurses/Medtronic to investigate nurse decision making in preventing in-hospital cardio-pulmonary arrests. She has also received funding from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and MONE to design and develop simulation scenarios centered on early recognition of patient deterioration. Priscilla has practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and currently holds a position as Director of Nursing at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Eastern Nursing Research Society and Sigma Theta Tau Theta Alpha and Theta at Large chapters.


  • B.S.N University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • M.S. University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Funded Research

Gazarian, P.K. Identification and Interruption of Monitor Alarms using High Fidelity Simulation, Fund for Faculty Research, Simmons College. Project Period 2010-Present

Gazarian, P.K. Nurse Decision Making and the Prevention of Adverse Events, American Association of Critical Care Nurses/Medtonic Small Grant Award. Project Period 2006-2008

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Gazarian, P.K. (in review) Thinking Through Art in Nursing, Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Gazarian, P.K., Henneman, E and Chandler, G (2010) Nurse Decision Making in the Pre-Arrest Period, Journal of Clinical Nursing Research
  • Gazarian, P.K.(2010). Digital Stories: Incorporating Narrative Pedagogy. Journal of Nursing Education
  • Gazarian, P. K. (2008) Nurse Decision Making and the Prevention of Adverse Events University of Massachusetts Amherst Doctoral Dissertation
  • Gazarian, P.K. (2006), Identifying risk factors for postoperative complications. AORN 84(4)
  • Gazarian, P.K. (2002), Listservers and the CNS. Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Gazarian, P.K. (2000). Action Stat: Blow out Fracture. Nursing, 30(9): 33.

Book Chapters

  • Gazarian, P. K. (in press). Dysrhythmias. In: Brunner & Suddarth's Focus on Adult Health Nursing. Pellico, L (eds). Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.