Julie Villa, MSN, RN, CCRN-K


Julie is a faculty member/instructor in the Accelerated BSN Program at Keiser University. The courses she teaches are critical care, quality and safety, community health nursing, public policy, and nursing research for evidence-based practice. She previously functioned as the Magnet® Program Director at Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), Long Branch, NJ. Following her relocation to Florida, she has remained per diem at MMC for the sole purpose of providing mentoring support to her successor.

As the Magnet Program Director of MMC, Julie successfully managed multiple aspects of the Magnet program that resulted in MMC being conferred its first Magnet designation with seven exemplars in January 2020.

Some of Julie’s accomplishments include:

  • Developing and implementing peer review for all levels of nursing at MMC for three years
  • Developing a forum for clinical nurses to meet with the chief nursing officer (CNO) to discuss issues that impact their practice and patient care
  • Developing and implementing Magnet boards on every inpatient and ambulatory patient care unit
  • Facilitating the initiation of the MMC Evidence-Based Practice Committee
  • Conducting research regarding nurses’ perceptions about MMC’s shared governance and disseminating the findings both internally and externally
  • Achieving the outperformance of the national benchmark in seven categories related to nurse satisfaction in the annual employee satisfaction survey (exceeding Magnet expectations in four of seven categories).

Julie has published research on people’s perceptions of those with tattoos, the Catholic nun’s influence on nursing, and a new CNO’s implementation of moving an organization to nursing excellence. In addition to many poster and podium presentations, Julie presented nationally at the Press Ganey Executive and Client National Conference in November 2019.

Julie is licensed in New Jersey and Florida and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses as well as the local Shellcoast Chapter and the Florida Nurses Association.