Denise Occhiuzzo, Ed.D.,MSN, RN, BC, Administrator, Nursing Professional Services, Nursing Liaison to HMH Organizations, Clinical Education, Nursing Practice, Magnet Program Director, Life Support Education, Childbirth Education, University Affiliations and Clinical Placements
As Administrator for Nursing Professional Services, Dr. Occhiuzzo serves as the nursing liaison to HMH organizations across the network. At Hackensack University Medical Center, she provides oversight for Clinical Education, Nursing Practice and standards related to the Magnet designation. Dr. Occhiuzzo plays an integral role in supporting Hackensack University Medical Center’s strategic initiatives by providing education and training for clinical personnel across the organization. She has held a variety of positions during her tenure at Hackensack University Medical Center, which began in 1975, including nursing assistant, staff nurse, nursing instructor, resource education coordinator, manager, and administrative director. In her position as Magnet program director, the medical center received its fifth consecutive designation in 2014—one of just two hospitals in the nation to do so.
Dr. Occhiuzzo exemplifies a leader in healthcare with a background as a medical/surgical clinical nurse specialist, advanced practice nurse with specialties in wound, ostomy, and continence certifications. With primary focus on nursing professional development, Dr. Occhiuzzo has diverse experience in the field of advanced nursing and adult education. She has served as faculty in both academic and acute care settings, and has lectured at national conferences, including the National Magnet Conference and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In addition, she has co-authored several articles.
Recognized as a leader in adult education, Dr. Occhiuzzo’s philosophy and career demonstrates her commitment to lifelong learning and development for all adults and healthcare providers. She believes that educational offerings and experiences must be consistently aligned with the vision, mission, and strategic directions of Hackensack Meridian Health while meeting the needs of diverse learners across network.
Dr. Occhiuzzo is a graduate of Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Bergen Community College, William Paterson University, Pace University, and Walden University. She is a recipient of serval awards including the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) Diva Award in 2007. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, NJSNA, the Association for Nursing Professional Development, and has served as a chairperson for Review Team I of the NJSNA. In 2018, Dr. Occhiuzzo was selected as a Magnet appraiser and is currently in training for the role. For excellence in academic achievement, Dr. Occhiuzzo was awarded membership in the Golden Key International Honor Society in 2017. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau