Anita Skarbek

Anita  Skarbek
RN-BSN Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
Nursing and Health Studies

Contact Info
816-235-6637 (KC), 732-534-9417 (NJ)


Dr. Skarbek is the RN-BSN program director and also teaches in the program. In addition to Dr. Skarbek’s teaching and RN-BSN administrative experience, she served as a charge nurse, nurse manager and interim nurse director for a large university hospital on their cardiac units. Dr. Skarbek was also employed as a school nurse in K-12 school settings.

Dr. Skarbek’s MSN degree is in Nursing Education and her PhD degree is in Education. Her research centers on issues involving disruptive behavior in nursing practice, and how this behavior impacts the safety and quality of patient care delivery, RN recruitment, and retention efforts, as well as nursing’s professional and social advancement.  Additionally, Dr. Skarbek received HRSA program grant funding and served as a PI on a project targeted at increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. She also continues to collaborate on research projects centered on nurse recruitment and retention, and nurse workload.

Program Grants (Funded)

HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, Asset Bundles Create Success (ABCs), 2016-2017, funded $344,804 (PI).

HRSA Health Professions Program Grant, Virtual Connection: The University of Missouri-Kansas City RN-BSN Rural Nursing Initiative, 2009 – 2011, funded $1,748,694. (co-author) PI: Lacey-Haun, L.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Academic Service-Learning. Integrate academic service-learning into undergraduate pre-licensure gerontology course, 2004, funded $1,500. Fellow: Skarbek, A.

Nursing FIRST (forming relationships for support). A pilot program to develop and examine a mentoring/retention program to increase under-graduate/under-represented students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing, Jewish Heritage Foundation, 2001-2002, funded $20,000 (Project Manager). PI: Enriquez, M.


Skarbek, A., Mastro, K. A., Kowalski, M. O., Caruso, J., Cole, D. A., de Cordova, P. B., Johansen, M. L., Vitale, T. R., & Weaver, S. H. (In Press). Nursing Work Environment Staffing Councils: An Alternative to Mandatory Regulated Staffing Ratios. Journal of Nursing Administration.

Cole, D.A., Bersick, E., Skarbek, A, Cummins, K., Dugan, K. & Grantoza, R. (2019). The courage to speak out: A study describing nurses’ attitudes to report unsafe practices in patient care. Journal of Nursing Management.

Kile, D., Skarbek, A. & Thurby-Hay, L. (2018). Bullying and lateral incivility: Have you and your patients been affected? Virginia Nurses Today, 16(4), 9.

Sims, D.C. & Skarbek, A.J. (2018). Parental self-efficacy: A concept analysis related to teen parenting and implications for school nurses. The Journal of School Nursing, 1-7. Doi: 10.11771059840518755871.

Miller, L., Russell, C., Cheng, A.L., & Skarbek, A. (2015).  Evaluating undergraduate nursing students’ self-efficacy and competence in writing: Effects of a writing intensive intervention. Nurse Education in Practice,15(3), 174-180. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr2014.12.002.

Skarbek, A.J., Johnson, S. & Dawson, C. (2015). A phenomenological study of nurse manager interventions related to workplace bullying. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45, 10, 492-497. doi: 10.1087/NNA.000000000000024.

Klaassen, J., Schmer, C. & Skarbek, A. (2013). Live health assessment in a virtual class: Eliminating educational burdens for rural distance learners. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 13(2). Retrieved from

Skarbek, A. (2011). Letter to the Editor – Everything old is new again. Urologic Nursing, 31(1), 123.


 Virginia Nurses Association Workforce Issues Commission Lateral Incivility Workgroup – 2018 to present

Virginia Nurses Association Healthy Workplace Culture Workgroup – 2018 to present

American Nurses Association, Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel, 2014-2015