Virginia Hackett, PhD, RN

Virginia Hackett

Office: Wiegand 101
Phone: 305-899-3804


PhD in Nursing, Barry University, 2013
MSN, Dual Masters in Nursing Education and Administration, Molloy College, 1997
BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Hunter College-Bellevue School of Nursing, 1975


Virginia Hackett is a full time assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Barry University since 2006. V. Hackett has an extensive practice background in critical care nursing and was the former associate director of continuing education in nursing at Molloy College in New York. She has taught various nursing courses at Molloy College (in NY) and Barry University:

RN refresher course, wound care in nursing, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), health assessment across the life continuum , individuals, family and community nursing, medical surgical nursing, role transition nursing, healthcare issues, policies, and advocacy, and currently coordinates and teaches high acuity nursing.

She is currently a member of the Undergraduate Council, the CNHS Peer Review Committee, and the CNHS Curriculum and Policy Committee.

Research Interest

Virginia Hackett is a strong advocate for her students and for other nurses and believes in life-long learning. She completed her research that completed the requirements for her PhD in nursing. Her past job in continuing education led to Virginia's keen research interest in the difficulties faced by the transitioning returnee registered nurses after a hiatus from practice. Her research was entitled "The Effects of a Refresher Course Upon the Professional Role Confidence Level of Transitioning Returnee Registered Nurses."

Other research pursuits she was/is involved in: curriculum design, student HESI testing (published article 2011), assessing student aptitude and readiness for nursing studies, development of simulation scenarios, assessment of Sim Chart deployment in the curriculum (a simulated electronic health record), and the impact of faculty beliefs and attitudes upon personal and students' behaviors related to the inoculation with the flu vaccine (results published in 2014).