Marla Johnston, RN, MSN

Adjunct Professor
Marla Johnston
Career Highlights
  • 30 + years healthcare experience with practice background in emergency medicine and critical care
  • 5 years as Performance Improvement and Injury Prevention Coordinator at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 3 + years as Quality and Patient Safety Coordinator at an organizational level

Marla Johnston has been an adjunct faculty member in the MS Nursing program since 2006. The 30-year span of her nursing career was dedicated to establishing excellence in care and policy to improve the healthcare field.

As a professor, she draws upon considerable experiences in management, regulatory, quality, education, and clinical arenas. Educational accomplishments include development of a new graduate orientation program providing clinical and didactic orientation instruction, orientation programs for all staffing disciplines in a metropolitan Emergency Department, and educational presentations on a range of topics demonstrating expertise in Emergency Medicine and Adult Trauma Care.

In addition to 10 years in Emergency Medicine, Marla spent 5 years at a Level I Adult Trauma Center. The combined 15 years contributed to the following practice interests: identification of readiness for change in vulnerable populations related to substance abuse, interpersonal violence, or other high risk behaviors; and facilitation of multidisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes with application of evidence based practice.

Tell me and I will forget
Show me and I may remember
Involve me and I understand
- Chinese Proverb

Courses Taught

NURS 716 Health Care Quality and Safety
NURS 724 Outcomes Measurement and Data Management
NURS 748 Human Resource Management

Published Works

Cotton BA, Haut EH, Dossett LA, Shafi S, Nunez TC, Johnston M, Arbogast P, Young PP. Multicenter validation of a simplified score to predict massive transfusion. Journal of Trauma, Volume 69; Number 1, July 2010

2007 Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting, June 2007: “How to Rebuild Your Imaging Practice Following a Devastating Event”. Primary author: Brian Rodgers, M.D., Secondary Author: Marla Johnston, R.N.

2007 Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting, June 2007: “How Nuclear Medicine Professionals Become Effective First Responders in a Crisis”. Primary Author: Brian Rodgers, M.D., Secondary Author: Marla Johnston, R.N.


MS in Nursing, Loyola University New Orleans
BS in Nursing, University of Phoenix
Associate Degree in Nursing, Paducah Community College