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John Welton, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, Senior Scientist for Health Systems Research

John Welton

John Welton's career research interests touch on expansive ideas: How much does nursing care cost? How can we build a better nursing care system to improve efficiency, effectiveness, performance, quality, and ultimately the value of the work nurses provide to their patients? His interests started early in his career during his MSN degree program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where his Nursing Administration thesis project was a financial analysis of, and business plan for, an air-ambulance company. The financial numbers for the company looked so good that Welton became a nurse entrepreneur, launching National Medevac, Inc. A few years later, he met Dr. Edward Halloran at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he completed his PhD in Nursing Systems. Subsequently, his academic career path took him to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and just previous to CU, to Florida Southern College.
Welton’s research foci are nursing costs and economics; quality and outcomes of care; real-time information and decision systems in nursing; performance and effectiveness; nursing value-based care; and pay for nursing performance. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Foundation Nurse Researcher Award; the South Carolina League for Nursing Award for Excellence; the South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award; the Medical University of South Carolina Teaching Excellence award; Educator/Lecturer of the Year; Palmetto Gold; South Carolina Best-100 nurses; and North Carolina Great-100 Nurses.
​Degree ​Awarding Institution ​Area of Study ​Graduation Date
​PhD ​University of North Carolina, School of Nursing
Chapel Hill, NC
Nursing​ ​1999
​MSN University of North Carolina, School of Nursing
Charlotte, NC
​Nursing Administration ​1989
​BSN ​Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
​Nursing ​1980
  1. Sousa, K., Weiss, J., Welton, J.M. (In Print) Steering Rather than Drifting: The Colorado Collaborative for Nursing Research.  Nursing Outlook.
  2. Carr, K.L., Johnson, F.E., Denaan, C.A., & Welton, J.M., (In Print) Effects of P6 Stimulation on Post operative Nausea and Vomiting in Post-Laparoscopic Cholecystecomy Patients, Journal of Post Operative Nursing
  3. Welton, J.M. (2014) Massachusetts New Nurse Staffing Law, Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(11), 553-55.
  4. Welton, J.M. (2014)  Big Data and Nursing Business Intelligence. Proceedings of the Conference: Nursing Knowledge: Big Data and Science for Transforming Health Care, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN, June 5-6, 2014
  5. Baggett, M., Batcheller, J., Blouin, A. S., Behrens, E., Bradley, C., Brown, M. J., Welton, J.M., Yendro, S. (2014). Excellence and evidence in staffing: a data-driven model for excellence in staffing (2nd edition). Nursing Economics, 32(3 Suppl), 3-35.
  6. Jayawardhana, J., Welton, J. M., & Lindrooth, R. C. (2014). Is there a business case for magnet hospitals? Estimates of the cost and revenue implications of becoming a magnet. Medical Care, 52(5), 400-406.
  7. Jenkins, P., & Welton, J.M. (2014). Measuring direct nursing cost per patient in the acute care setting. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(5), 257-262.
  8. Welton, J. M. (2014). Business intelligence and nursing administration. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(5), 245-246. Clancy, T. R., Bowles, K. H., Gelinas, L., Androwich, I., Delaney, C., Matney, S., Welton, J., Westra, B. L. (2014). A call to action: Engage in big data science. Nursing Outlook, 62(1), 64-65.
  9. Welton, J.M. (2013) Nursing and the Value Proposition: How information can help transform the healthcare system, In: Westra, B., Delaney, C.W., (Editors), Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Research for Transforming Healthcare. University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Center for Nursing Informatics Minneapolis, MN August 12-13Welton, J.M. (2013) Changing Market for BSN Graduates, Health Affairs. 32(3), Online:
  10. Welton, J.M. (2011) Nurse staffing and inpatient mortality: is the question outcomes or nursing value? Medical Care. 49(12):1045-1046.
  11. Jayawardhana, J., Welton, J.M., Lindrooth, R. (2011) Adoption of NQF Safe Practices by Magnet Hospitals, Journal of Nursing Administration. 41(9), 350-360.
  12. Welton, J.M. (2011) Hospital nursing workforce costs, wages, occupational mix, and resource utilization, Journal of Nursing Administration. 41(7-8), 309-314.
  13. Welton, J.M. & Hill, K. (2011) Should LPNs be educated in hospitals? Journal of Nursing Administration. 41(6), 242-244.
  14. Welton, J.M. (2010) Response to: Nurse staffing and quality of care with direct measurement of inpatient staffing.  Medical Care. 48(10), 940.
  15. Welton, J.M. (2010) Value-based nursing care. Journal of Nursing Administration. 40(10), 399-401
  16. Buerhaus, P. I. (2010) Paying for hospital nursing care: An interview with John Welton, PhD, RN. Nursing Economics, 28(1), 49-52.
  17. Welton, J.M. & Sermeus, W. (2010) Use of data by nursing to make nursing visible: Business and Efficiency of Health Care System, and Clinical Outcomes. In: Weaver, C.A., Delaney, C.W., Weber, P, & Carr, R.L. (Editors), Nursing and Informatics for the 21st Century: An International Look at Practice, Trends and the Future, Second Edition, Chicago, IL: Healthcare Information and Management Information Systems Society
  18. Welton, J.M., Bandyopadhyay, D., & Zone-Smith, L. (2009) Estimating nursing intensity and direct cost using the nurse-patient assignment, Journal of Nursing Administration. 39(6), 276-284.
  19. Fletcher, B. & Welton, J.M. (2009) When the “big one” hits, South Carolina will be ready. QST, 92(3), 60-62
  20. Welton, J.M. (2008) Implications of Medicare reimbursement changes related to inpatient nursing care quality. Journal of Nursing Administration. 38(7-8), 325-330. 
  21. Welton, J.M. & Dismuke, C. (2008) Testing an inpatient nursing intensity billing model. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice. 9(2), 103-111.
  22. Welton, J.M. (2008) The economic value of nursing. ANA-Maine Journal. 4(4), 1-4.
  23. Welton, J.M. (2008) What will hospital-based care look like 20 years from now? LifeLines 5(1), 10-11.
  24. Hill, K., Welton, J.M. (2008) A failure of leadership. Journal of Nursing Administration. 38(6), 259-261.
  25. Welton, J.M. (2008) Inpatient nursing care quality: Response to Kane et al. Medical Care, 46(6), 644. [Letter to the Editor]
​Title ​Organization ​Year
Nurse Researcher Award​ ​American Organization of Nurse Executives Foundation ​2012
​Fellow ​Medical University of South Carolina
Board of Trustees Leadership Academy
​Golden Lamp Award ​Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Class of December 2008 ​2008
​Golden Lamp Award ​Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, Class of December 2007 ​2007
  • 2012-13, Conference Planning Committee with Dr. Connie Delaney, Dean, and Dr. Bonnie Westra (co-chairs), Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Research for Transforming Healthcare School of Nursing University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Invitational conference Minneapolis, MN: August 11-13, 2013.
  • 2006-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Nursing Administration
  • 2004-present, Reviewer Journal of Nursing Administration, Medical Care, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Critical Care Nurse, Gender Medicine, American Journal of Critical Care, Disease Management & Health Outcomes, Western Journal of Nursing Research, Health Affairs, American Medical Informatics Association, Fall 2000, Fall 2001 conferences.
  • 2007-present, Consultant and content expert, Catholic Health Initiative nursing finance taskforce, working with the corporate vice president for nursing (Kathleen Sanford, RN, DBA) to assist the 76 hospital group to explore ways to improve costing and billing for inpatient nursing care.
  • 2012, Member Health Care Reform Task Force, American Organization of Nurse Executives.
  • 2012-13, Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing (FACN) Chair 2013, chair-elect 2012
  • 2012-13, Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing (FACN) representative in the statewide Quality and Unity in Nursing (QUIN) council made up of leaders from all major nursing organizations in Florida.
  • 2011-12, Consultant and content expert for curriculum development, Partners for International Development (PFID), Emory University, Dr. Kenneth Walker program director, to develop BSN programs in Republic of Georgia. Site visit to Tblisi Georgia, December 2011 and assisted with grant application to USAID.
  • 2011-12, Member Nursing Workforce Task Force, Americna Organization of Nurse Executives.
  • ​2011-present, Catholic Health Initiatives, Initial Validation of a Value Based Nursing Care Model, Principal Investigator
  • 2011-12, Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program, Project Director
  • 2009-10, Health Sciences of South Carolina (HSSC), From Simulation to Operation: Engineering Management Interventions for Perioperative Services, Consultant
  • 2007-09, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, The Effect of hospital adoption of NQF's safe practice guidelines on selected nursing-sensitive performance measures, Co-Principal Investigator
  • 2007, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Pilot study of a nursing intensity adjustment to inpatient prospective payment, Principal Investigator