Marla J. Marek

Assistant Professor, RNC, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)

Education

2013 PhD Nursing
University of California, San Francisco. San Francisco, CA

2002 Master’s in Science Nursing
University of Phoenix. Sacramento, CA

1993 Bachelor’s in Science Nursing
California State University, Stanislaus. Turlock, CA

1984 Associate’s Degree in Nursing
College of the Desert. Palm Desert, CA.

Clinical Specialization

1993 - Public Health Nurse Certificate

1989 - Inpatient Obstetrics National Certification

1984 - Registered Nurse

Professional Experience

Full Time Tenure Track Faculty
Associate Professor    

California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

09/2007-present

Charge Nurse/Clinical Leader 
Labor and Delivery 

Memorial Hospitals Association
Modesto, CA

08/1991-present

Part Time Faculty 

California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

09/2004-09/2007

Clinical Instructor 
Obstetrics and Pediatrics 

Modesto Junior College
Modesto, CA

 02/1992-06/1992

Staff Nurse
Labor and Delivery

Emanuel Medical Center
Turlock, CA

05/1990-08/1991

Staff Nurse
Labor and Delivery 

Sierra Vista Regional Med. Center 
San Luis Obispo, CA

11/1987-05/1990

Staff Nurse   
Obstetrics

Desert Hospital 
Palm Springs, CA

03/1986-11/1987

Staff Nurse  
Medical/Surgical

High Desert Medical Center 
Joshua Tree, CA

08/1985-03/1986

 

Certifications/Awards

  • American Heart Association Basic and Advanced Life Support (current)
  • American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation (current)
  • National Certification Corporation, Inpatient Obstetrics 1989 (original certification)
  • California State Board of Nursing, Registered Nurse 1985
  • UCSF Graduate Deans Fellowship 2005, 2006, 2007

Teaching

Fall 2013         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 5000     Theoretical Foundations                             3 units

                        NURS 5200     Teaching and Learning Strategies             3 units

                                                Pre-Licensure Program Coordinator          3 units

 

Spring 2013    NURS 3600     Transcultural Nursing                                 3 units

                        NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5020     Nursing Research                                      3 units

 

Fall 2012         NURS 3600     Transcultural Nursing                                 3 units

                        NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5000     Theoretical Foundations                             3 units

 

Spring 2012    NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 3600     Transcultural Nursing                                3 units

                        NURS 5210     Curriculum Design                                     3 units

 

Fall 2011         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              6 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5200     Teaching and Learning Strategies             3 units

 

Spring 2011    NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 5000     Theoretical Foundations                             3 units

                        NURS 5020     Nursing Research                                      3 units

                                                Assigned Time Curriculum Design             3 units

 

Fall 2010         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              6 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5000     Theoretical Foundations                             3 units

 

Spring 2010    NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5200     Teaching and Learning Strategies             3 units

                                                Assigned Time Simulation Develop            3 units

 

Fall 2009         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              6 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                                                Assigned Time Writing                               3 units

 

Spring 2009    NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              6 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

                        NURS 5000     Theoretical Foundations                             3 units

 

Fall 2008         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              9 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

 

Spring 2008    NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              3 units

                        NURS 3850     OB/Pediatrics Clinical                                  6 units

                                                New Faculty Assigned Time                        3 units

 

Fall 2007         NURS 3700     Introduction to Nursing Research              6 units

                        NURS 3850     OB/Pediatrics Clinical                                  6 units

                        NURS 3820     Reproductive Health                                  3 units

 

 

Scholarship

 

Research In Progress

Suffering in Solitude: The Latina Perinatal Loss Experience for Latina Women and their Family Members.
This study involved Latino women and their family members who experienced pregnancy loss in the last 10 years. Data collection and analysis are complete. Three manuscripts have been prepared and are being submitted for publication.

Maternity Support Survey
Existing research in maternity care has tended to explore how mothers and families view their care, with less attention to the views of individuals who provide support to women during pregnancy and birth.  The Maternity Support Survey is the first study to explore three different, but related, careers in terms of their approach to maternal support and care. This is a collaborative cross nation research team project (2 sociologists, 4 graduate students, and 1 nurse). Survey was launched in November 2012, with data collection to end in February 2013. Data is currently being analyzed.

Image of Nursing: Adolescents Perceptions of the Image and Role of the Nurse
The public image of nursing has changed significantly over the years. Television, movies, and print have portrayed nurses from selfless angels to battle ax matrons to sex kittens pursuing physician husbands. These lasting images affect how young people, who are frequently exposed to multimedia platforms, view nursing as a possible career choice. This is an original research project with the newest cohort of Nursing Education Master’s students. As a part of their research course, we developed the proposal, received IRB approval, and completed data collection in the Spring of 2013. Data analysis is complete, a poster presentation has occurred at the college level, and a poster abstract is being prepared to present at the next WIN conference this fall.

Photovoice: Snapshot of Student Nurses.
This study involved student nurses and their qualitative experience of life during nursing school. Data collection and analysis are complete. Currently working on a manuscript for publication.

Investigating Academic Literacy and High-Impact Practices That Lead to Success
This is a study involving underserved pre-nursing students to better prepare them for the writing and reading literacy challenges of the nursing program. This study is still in the writing phase and grant development. I am assisting one of the English department faculty in preparing a two semester course that would prepare students to improve their ability to critically analyze the literature.

Publications/Presentations

The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review. Report from 2002 and 2003 Maternal Death Reviews. Sacramento: California Department of Public Health, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Division; 2011. (Peer Reviewed)           

Marek, M. J. (November, 2010). Legal Nurse Consulting. Podium Presentation at the local chapter meeting of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing honor society. Modesto, CA.

Marek, M. J. (March, 2010). Women of Sierra Leone: Struggles in Childbirth. Podium Presentation at the Perinatal Hot Topics Conference. Sacramento, CA.

Marek, M. J. (February, 2010). Cultural Differences in Perinatal Grief and Loss: The Latino Family Experience. Podium Presentation at the AWHONN California Section Conference. Santa Barbara, CA. (Peer Reviewed)

Marek, M. J. (February, 2009). Sierra Leone: One Woman’s Journey. Podium Presentation at the AWHONN California Section Conference. Napa, CA.  (Peer Reviewed)

Marek, M. J., & Perea-Ryan, M. (April, 2008). Snapshot of Student Nurses: A Visual Self Exploration of University Life. Podium Presentation at the Continuums Of Service Conference. Portland, OR. (Peer Reviewed)

Kennedy, H., Levi, A., & Marek, M. J. (May, 2007). Gone with the Wind: Media Influence on Women’sPerceptions of Birth. Podium Presentation at the Certified Nurse Midwives National Conference. Chicago Il. (Peer Reviewed)

Marek, M. J. (April, 2007). Cultural Differences in Perinatal Grief and Loss: The Latino Family Experience. Poster Presentation of Pilot Study at the Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference. Portland, OR. (Peer Reviewed)

Marek, M. J. (2004). Nurses’ attitudes toward pregnancy termination in the labor and delivery setting.
Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nurses, 33(4), 472-479. (Peer Reviewed)
 

Grants

2012    School of Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Awards Rosotti Funds
            Maternity Support Survey
            $5,000 (Funded)

2009    NIH New Researchers R-15 Grant
            Birth Control Methods and Everyday life
            $299,946 (Not funded)

Service

School of Nursing

  • Faculty Scholarship Awards Committee (Chair)
  • Program Evaluation Committee, Standard 1 Policy and Procedure(Chair)
  • Nursing Curriculum Committee
  • Graduate Committee
  • Research Committee

College of Human and Health Sciences

  • Psychology Department Institutional Review Board
  • CHHS RSCA Policy Committee

University

  •  SB 1212 Faculty Grievance Committee

Profession

  • California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC)
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • Research Advisory Panel
  • International nurse volunteer work (including professional presentations of such)
  • Legal Nurse Consulting

Professional Organizations

  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
  • California Faculty Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Global Nursing Volunteer Experience

Spent two summers (1991 & 1993) in the mountains of Guatemala working with women to improve birth practices and decrease infant mortality rates. Coordinated and taught a Training of Traditional Birth Attendants course to over 40 indigenous women through Medical Ambassadors International. Co-authored a training manual for Medical Ambassadors International for Traditional Birth Attendants that has been used around the world.

Spent the summer of 2008 in Sierra Leone, West Africa volunteering at the Aberdeen West Africa Fistula Hospital providing educational classes and support for the nursing staff there. Also began to develop relationships with three nursing schools in the country, with plans to support their libraries and faculty with educational resources. Returned in January of 2009 and became involved in plans for the building and support of free standing birth center in order to improve the maternal and infant mortality rates, which are currently the worst in the world. Helped write a successful proposal for funding of the birthing center. The birth center now (2012) delivers more than 100 babies each month and was recently highlighted on the ABC news program 20/20 as an innovative and safe place to give birth in a country with such heartbreaking statistics on maternal and infant mortality.