Joyce Pulcini

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Joyce Pulcini


Professor (Emerita)


Email: Joyce Pulcini
Office Phone: 781-994-4144

Dr. Pulcini is an expert in the area of primary care practice and advanced practice nursing policy nationally and internationally. She directed NP programs at several universities. She is an expert on the evolving nursing roles of the nurse practitioners nationally and internationally and specifically focused on nurse practitioner education, reimbursement and political advocacy and on removal of barriers to the practice of nurse practitioners. She received the Towers Pinnacle Award at the AANP in 2019. In 2020 her book with Dr. Susan Hassmiller was published by Springer, entitled, Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership: A Global Perspective.

  • Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management – Doctor of Philosophy
  • Boston University – Master of Science in Nursing
  • St. Anselm College – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (Inaugural Award, 2011)
  • Panelist — Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Technical Expert Panel (2011 – 2013)
  • Giving Circle Humanitarian Award — American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation (2012)
  • Nursing Research Advisory Committee Member — National Association of School Nursing (2013)
  • Nursing Research Advisory Committee Member, Childrens — National Medical Center (2014)
  • AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence for District of Columbia (2016)
  • ​​​​​​Hassmiller, S. & Pulcini, J. (2024). Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership: A Global Perspective. NY: Springer (French translation)
  • Rambur, B. & Pulcini, J. (2022, Jan). Understanding the language of health reform as a tool for advocacy. American Journal of Nursing, 122 (1), 48-53. Available at:
  • Wheeler, K., Miller, M., Pulcini, J., Gray, D., Ladd, E. (2022).  Advanced Practice Nursing roles, regulation, education, and practice:  A global study. Annals of Global Health. 88 (1), 42, 1-21. DOI:

  • Podcast:  Rambur, B. and Pulcini, J.: (2022, Jan). Understanding the language of health reform​​​​​, American Journal of Nursing, 122 (1). Available at:

  • Editorial. Pulcini, J. and Rambur, B. (2022, November). Travel nursing and the demise of the virtue-script: Steps to a new beginning. Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, 23 (4). Available at:

  • Park, J. Leslie, M, Pulcini, J, Lee, Y, Lang, C. (2021). Factors and perspectives on childhood anemia in Haiti: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Community and Public Health Nursing

  • Poghosyan, L, Pulcini, J., Chan, G. Dunphy, L.,Martsolf, G., Greco, K., Todd, B., Brown, S., Fitzgerald, M. McMenamin, A., Solari-Twadell, A, (2021). State responses to COVID-19: Full practice authority for Nurse Practitioner workforce in primary care. Nursing Outlook available online at:

  • Oldenburger, D., Cassiani, S.  Bryant-Lukosius, D., Valaitis, R., Baumann, A., Pulcini, J., Martin-Misener, R. (In Press). Implementation strategy for Advanced Practice Nursing in primary care in Latin America and the Caribbean. PanAmerican Journal of Public Health

  • Zug, K., Cassiani, S., Pulcini, J. Bassolabre -Garcia, A., Aguirre- Boza, F, Park, J. (2016). Advanced practice nursing in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regulation, education and practice. Latin American Journal of Nursing, 24.

  • Horowitz, J., Murphy, C., Gregory, K, Wojcik, J., Pulcini, J., Solon, L. (In Press) Relationship between postpartum depression screening: Symptom severity and treatment rates. Journal Horizonte De Enfermeria

  • Sonenberg, A. Knepper, H., Pulcini, J. (2015). Implementing the ACA: The influence of Nurse Practitioner regulatory policies on workforce, access to care, and primary care health outcomes. Poverty and Public Policy, 7 (4), 336–356.

  • Pulcini, J. (2014). The ACA in 2014: Significant gains; Ongoing challenges. AJN, 114(12), 21-24.

  • Kowitlawakul, Y., Chan, S., Pulcini, J., Wang, Wenru. (2014). Factors Influencing Nursing Students' Acceptance of Electronic Health Records for Nursing Education (EHRNE) Software ProgramNurse Education Today. 35, 189–194.

  • Pulcini, J. (2014). Interview with a nursing policy leader: A hopeful look a changing profession. American Journal of Nursing, 114 (1), 19-22.

  • Pulcini, J. (2013). The Nursing report that didn’t just ‘sit on a shelf’AJN Blogpost.

  • Graziano, M. & Pulcini, J. (2013) Gun violence and the role of health care: A confusing state of affairs. American Journal of Nursing, 113 (9), 23-25.

  • Pulcini, J. (2013). Update on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Milestones and challenges in implementing the ACA. American Journal of Nursing, 113(4), 25-27.

  • Horowitz, J, Murphy, C. Gregory, K., Wojcik, J., Pulcini, J, Solon, L. (2013). Nurse home visits improve maternal-infant interaction and decrease postpartum depression severity. JOGNN,42, 287-300. DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12038.

  • Pulcini, J. (2012). The 2012 Democratic and Republican health care platforms. American Journal of Nursing, 112 (10), 22-25.

  • Scarr EM, Pulcini J, Makonnen J, Turk KA, Wheeler K, Eissler LA, Schumann L, Krauskopf PB. (June 2012). International nursing partnerships. Nurse Practitioner, 37 (10), 11-12.

  • Spina, J., Pulcini, J & McIntyre, L. (2012). An Intervention to Increase High School Students’ Compliance with Carrying Auto-injectable Epinephrine:  A MASNRN Study. Journal of School Nursing, 28 (3), 230-237.

  • Health Policy
  • Maternal / Child Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Health Care
  • Achiever
  • Communication
  • Woo
  • Developer
  • Positivity