Cathie E. Guzzetta

Cathie Guzzetta
Clinical Professor, DNP Clinical Research Project Coordinator
Foggy Bottom Campus
1919 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006
[email protected]

Dr. Cathie E. Guzzetta is a Clinical Professor and DNP Clinical Research Project Coordinator at the George Washington University School of Nursing. Over the past 20 years, she has served as a hospital-based nursing research mentor for clinical nurses in various adult and pediatric medical centers. In this role, she has guided nurses in developing, conducting and disseminating the findings of their clinical nursing research studies.

She is best known for her work in cardiovascular, critical care and holistic nursing. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of Capsules & Comments in Critical Care Nursing and Co-Editor of the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. She has written multiple articles and authored or co-authored 24 award-winning books including the Emergency Nurses Association’s guidelines for family presence during CPR, “Presenting the Option for Family Presence”.

As a nursing research consultant, Dr. Guzzetta has mentored studies on family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation since 1994. Her published findings from these studies have won several awards, including the EdgeRunner Award from the American Academy of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International's Nursing Research Dissemination Award. Her findings have also been featured on Good Morning America, NBC Dateline, CNN, Peter Jennings ABC World News Tonight and in Time Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. World and News Report, The Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun Times and The New York Times. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the co-founder and former co-chair of the Washington Regional Nursing Research Consortium.

In 2016, she was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award: Pioneering Spirit Award for critical care, cardiovascular nursing and holistic research and publications including family presence during resuscitation by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses at the National Teaching Institute in New Orleans.

Current Research

2014 – Present — Hospital-Based Nursing Research Characteristics, Care Delivery Outcomes and Economic Impact (HNRCOE) Survey. C Pintz (PI), CE Guzzetta, P Zhou, M McLaughlin, K Spironi, L Briggs. Funded: American Nurses Foundation: Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science

2012 – Present; Manuscript development — Parental Presence during Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease: Feasibility of Measuring Effects on Maternal Knowledge and Satisfaction. E Bradshaw (PI), L Wilcox, MF Reneta, A Young, J Barnes, M Kadeshe, S McDuffie, CE Guzzetta

Manuscript Development — Family Presence during Pediatric Trauma Team Activation: Measuring the Effects of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient-Family-Centered Care.  K O’Connell (PI), J Fritzee, CEGuzzetta, A Mecherikunnel, J Chamberlain, K Brown. Funded: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s, Emergency Medical Services for Children Targeted Issued grant


Doyle S, Kingsnorth J, Guzzetta CE, Jahnke SA, McKenna JC, Brown K. Outcomes of Implementing Rapid Triage in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 38(1): 30-35, 2012.

McLaughlin MK, Speroni KG, Kelly KP, Guzzetta CE, Desale S. National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research: Part 1 Research  Requirements and Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration. 43(1): 10-17, January 2013.

Kelly KP, Turner A, Speroni KG, McLaughlin MK, Guzzetta CE. National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research: Part 2 Facilitators and Hindrances. Journal of Nursing Administration. 43(1): 18-23, January 2013.

Clark AP, Guzzetta CE, O’Connell KJ. Family Presence during Resuscitation Attempts is Associated with Positive Psychological Effects for Observers, Evidence-Based Mental Health. 16:78, 2013; doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101354.

McLaughlin M, Speroni KG, Kelly KP, Guzzetta, CE, Desale S. National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research, Part 1. Research Requirements and Outcomes. Journal of Nursing Administration.43(1): 10-17, January, 2013. Reprinted in JONA Magnet Supplement. 43(10): S28-S35, October 2013. 

Kelly KP, Turner A, Speroni KG, McLaughlin M, Guzzetta CE.  National Survey of Hospital Nursing Research, Part 2. Facilitators and Hindrances. Journal of Nursing Administration.43(1): 18-23, January 2013. Reprinted JONA Magnet Supplement. 43(10), S36-41, October 2013. 

Williams C, Johnson P, Guzzetta CE, Guzzetta PC, Cohen I, Sill A, Vezina G. Pediatric Fasting Times before Surgical and Radiologic Procedures: Benchmarking Institutional Practices against National Standards. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 29:258-267, 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2013.11.011

Morehouse D, Williams L, Lloyd C, McCoy DS, Miller E, Guzzetta CE, Baumgart S, Sill A, Mueller-Burke D, Short BL. Neonatal Perioperative Hypothermia: The Occurrence and Its Impact on Neonatal Outcomes. Advances in Neonatal Care. 14(3), June 2014. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000045

Guzzetta CE. AACN Practice Alerts: Family Presence during Resuscitation and Invasive Procedures. Critical Care Nurse. 36(1):e11-e14. 2016.

Guzzetta CE, Hott S. Resuscitation and Invasive Procedures: AACN Suggests New Guidelines on Family Presence at the Bedside. Advance for Nurses. May 18, 2016. 1-3.

O’Connell K, Fritzeen J, Guzzetta CE, Clark AP, Lloyd C, Scott SH, Aldridge M, Thomas B, Baren J, Okada P, Hayes K, Negaard A, Kreling B. Family Presence during Trauma Resuscitation: Family Member Attitudes, Behaviors, and Experiences. American Journal of Critical Care (accepted for publication May 26, 2016). 


Distinguished Researcher Lecturer — American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, National Teaching Institute (2004)

Selected as an “EdgeRunner” (together with Angela P. Clark) — American Academy of Nursing for mentoring nurses in for cutting edge research on family presence during resuscitation (2006)

Annual Ethics Specialty Award for study entitled “Perceptions Regarding Routine Care Delivered After a Written Do Not Resuscitate Order Differ Between ICU Providers and Attending Surgeons in an Open Surgical Intensive Care Unit” (together with PI Andrea Ryan, Raymond DiPhillips, and Mihriye Mete) — 42nd Critical Care Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013)

Healthcare Clinical Solutions Award for study “Understanding Factors Associated With Monitor Alarm Generation in Critically Ill Children” (together with Linda Talley [PI] and research team), for addressing the challenge of alarm fatigue and the sentinel event resulting from it — Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Conference & Expo, Long Beach, California (2013)

Research in Nursing Award for study entitled “Perceptions Held by Surgical Intensive Care Unit Providers and Surgeons Regarding Routine Care Delivered after a Written Do Not Resuscitate Order” (together with Andrea Ryan, [PI], Raymond DiPhillips, Mihriye Mete) — Nursing Virtual Scholarly Exhibition, Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Epsilon Chapter (2013)

Visionary Leadership Award: Pioneering Spirit Award for critical care, cardiovascular nursing, and holistic research and publications including family presence during resuscitation — American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (2016)