Marianne Baernholdt, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.N., FAAN, is the founding Director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety and Innovation and the Nursing Alumni Endowed Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Virginia.

Baernholdt has a broad background in clinical practice and education. She teaches courses in leadership, quality and safety, and health services research.

Baernholdt’s research focuses on how quality of care is defined and the factors affecting quality of care in rural areas. Her current work includes “Care Interventions and Quality of Care in Rural and Urban Nursing Units,” a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in which she compares fall and pressure ulcer interventions and rates.

She has developed courses and has been part of training grants focusing on quality and safety, as well as served as mentor for students and researchers from several countries. Currently she is the lead faculty for the VCU School of Nursing’s new PhD track in Healthcare Quality Research. She serves on several national and international committees. She is currently co-chair for the American Academy of Nursing’s expert panel on Quality Health Care and is the U.S. representative on the International Council of Nurses’ steering committee for Rural and Remote Nursing network.

Baernholdt received her undergraduate degree from Bispebjerg School of Nursing in Copenhagen, Denmark, her bachelor’s in nursing from Pace University in New York, master’s degrees in public health and critical care nursing from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a post-doctoral fellow at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s School of Nursing. Prior to her current position she was on faculty at University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing for 9 years. Both at UVA and at VCU she is involved in Interprofessional Practice and Education training, projects and programs involving students and health care providers.