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Rita Ferrari D’Aoust, PhD, MS, RN

Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Joint Appointment, School of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Rita D’Aoust
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Aging
  • Chronic Care
  • Community
  • Dementia
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Interprofessional
  • Military/Veterans Affairs
  • Palliative Care
  • PTSD
  • Workforce Development


Rita Ferrari D'Aoust is an expert in interprofessional education, community service, and providing access to care for vulnerable populations. Dr. D'Aoust has long made her mark where the business of education and health care intersect. She has led advances in curriculum and classroom technology that match an understanding of ways to construct learning with the philosophy of education and a mastery of financial issues in higher education. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, she continues to lead the development and implementation of innovative teaching and learning strategies.

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    D’Aoust, R. & Rossiter A., Eds. (2021). Caring for Veterans and Their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN 9781284171341.

    D’Aoust, R., Brown, K., McIltrot, K., Johnson, H., Seibert, D., & Ling, C. (2021). Mapping Clinical Development Across the Curriculum: A Competency Roadmap for Advanced Practice Nursing Education. Nursing Outlook (accepted for publication).

    Battista, V., Trimarchi, M., Sabri, B., Baker, D., & D’Aoust, R. (2021) Advance Directives for Adolescents and Young Adults Living with Neuromuscular Disease: An Integrative Review of the Literature. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 1;23(5):492-498. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000786.

    Marseille, B, Baker, D., D’Aoust, R., Baptiste, D., & Commodore-Mensah, V. (2021). Improving hypertension knowledge, medication adherence, and blood pressure control: A feasibility study. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

    Commodore-Mensah, Y., DePriest, K., Samuel, L., Hanson, G. D'Aoust, R. , & Slade, E. P. (2021). Foreign-Born Healthcare Professionals are Diversifying and Strengthening the United States Healthcare System: Evidence from the 2010-2018 American Community Survey. JAMA Network Open, 4(4), e218396.

    D’Aoust, R., Budthoki, C., Antonsdottir, I., & Casida, J. (2021). Correspondence: Sleep Quality and Depression in Adults with Durable Left-Ventricular Assist Devices". International Journal of Artificial Organs. JAO 21-0025

    Daw, P., Mills, M., Seldombridge, L., & D’Aoust, R. (2021). The Maryland Nursing Faculty Workforce Initiative: A Program Evaluation. Nursing Economic$. 39(2).

    Han, H., D’Aoust, R., Gross, D., Szanton, S., Nolan, M., Campbell, J., & Davidson, P. (2021). Preparing future nursing faculty: Integrating enhanced teaching and leadership development curricula into PhD education. Journal for Advanced Nursing. Manuscript ID JAN-2021-1267

    Rivers, E., D’Aoust, R., Elias, S., Han, H. Sharps, P., & Alvarez, C. (2021) Faculty peer review of teaching taskforce: A quantitative descriptive research study for the peer review process. Nursing Education Today, 106, 105055.

    Turkson-Ocran, R.A., Spaulding, E., Renda, S., Pandian, V., Rittler, H., Davidson, P., Nolan, M., & D’Aoust, R. (2020). A Ten-Year Evaluation of Projects in a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Journal of Clinical Nursing (accepted for publication).

    Davidson, P., Shattell, M., Nolan, M., & D’Aoust, R. (2020). Does COVID-19 really call for an overhaul of nursing curricula or promoting the power, status, and representation of nursing? Journal of Advanced Nursing. PMID: 32643788, DOI: 10.1111/jan.14468.

    DePriest, K., D'Aoust, R., Samuel, L., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Hanson, G., & Slade, E. P. (2020). Nurse Practitioners’ Workforce Outcomes under Implementation of Full Practice Authority. Nursing Outlook.

    Busch, D., Silbert-Flagg, J., VanGraafeiland, B., Gentry Russell, N., Sloand, E., Mudd, S., McIltrot, K., & D’Aoust, R. (2020). Innovative Simulation Roadmap for Faculty to Prepare Advanced Practice Registered, Nursing Education Perspectives. (in press)

    Hughes, V., Delva, S., Nkimbeng, M., Spaulding, E., Turkson-Ocran, R. A., Cudjoe, J., D’Aoust, R., & Han, H. R. (2020). Not missing the opportunity: Strategies to promote cultural humility among future nursing faculty. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(1), 28-33.

    Silbert-Flagg, J., Shilling, S. D., Lucas, L., Nolan, M. T., Lin, L., Bellefeuille, P., ... & D'Aoust, R. (2020). Preparing for a student with a service animal. Journal of Professional Nursing.

    Hughes, V., Pollitt, P., Coke, L. A., & D’Aoust, R. F. (2019). Advocacy: An Essential Competency of the Clinical Nurse Specialist. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 30(4), 411-415.

    Delva, S., Nkimbeng, M., Chow, S., Renda, S., Han, H. R., & D'Aoust, R. (2019). Views of regulatory authorities on standards to assure quality in online nursing education. Nursing outlook, 67(6), 747-759.


    D’Aoust, R. (2020-2025). Cohen Graduate Nurse Faculty Cohort Mode (Principal Investigator). State of Maryland, Health Services Cost Review Commission, Nurse Support Program II. ($3,501,596). Grant Award 21-202.

    D’Aoust, R. (2019-2022). PRIME Model for DNP-NP Education (Principal Investigator). State of Maryland, Health Services Cost Review Commission, Nurse Support Program II. Grant Award 18-111 ($1,001,596). Grant Award NSP II 20-108.

    D’Aoust, R., Slade, E., Tracy, C., Knestrick, J., & Gentry Russell, N. (2020). Nurse Practitioner Compensation Study. American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Collaborative Study. Role: Co-PI.

    D’Aoust, R. (2021). Nurse Faculty Loan Program Principal Investigator), United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Research and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing, HRSA Grant Funding Opportunity 20-004. ($2,290,221.00). HRSA Grant Award # E01HP24634-05-00, Grant NO. E01HP24634. Role: PI.

  • Awards/Honors

    2021  National League for Nursing, Board of Commissioners Certified Nurse Educator, Star Award Recognition

    2021  Maryland Higher Education Commission Nurse Support Program II, Appreciation Award

    2021  Our Lady of Fatima University (Singapore), University Appreciation & Recognition Award

    2020   Maryland Higher Education Commission Nurse Support Program II, Service Appreciation Award

    2018  Sigma Theta Tau, Emerging Educational Administrator Institute, National Mentor

    2018  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Fellows Mentor Program, National Mentor

    2018  Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing 

    2016  UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Geriatrics Mini-fellowship

    2012-present  National Academies of Practice Fellow 

    2011-present  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellow

    2015  AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program Fellow

    2014  Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, Policy Advocacy Appreciation

    2010  Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award, Rochester, NY

    2002  Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in University Teaching, University of Rochester