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Master of Science: R.N. to M.S.

Margaret Costello, Ph.D

Margaret Costello, Ph.D

Margaret Costello, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Practice, Nursing (undergraduate nursing)

Margaret Costello, Ph.D


Dr. Costello has taught across the undergraduate and pre Licensure graduate curriculum in a number of courses such as: Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing; Leadership and Management; Health Variances; Health Assessment and Clinical Decision Making.  Dr. Costello's research expertise is in the evaluation of strategies which are effective in bridging research to practice. Dr. Costello maintains a part time clinical practice on a medical surgical inpatient unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


  • PhD. Simmons College
  • MSN Cross Cultural Family Nursing Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • MHA Simmons College
  • B.S.N Salve Regina University



Selected Publications

  • Evans, L., Costello, M., Greenberg, H., & Nicholas, N.(2013). The Attitudes and Experience of Registered Nurses who Teach and Mentor Nursing Students in the Acute Care Setting. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 3(2) 67-74
  • Costello, M., Faller, J., Hedberg, M. (2012). The use of simulation to instruct students on the provision of spiritual care: A Pilot Study Journal of Holistic Nursing 30(4)277-281.
  • Costello, M. (2011). Prepare yourself for a future in research: Understanding Evidenced based practice for the evolving nurse Imprint 58 (5) 39- 42.
  • Costello, M., Greenberg, H., Bell, C., Trowers-Smith, J. (2011) Management of the Hospitalized Patient Experiencing Acute on Chronic Pain: A Case Study Pain Management Nursing.
  • Costello, M.  (2011). Student Issues: The Use of Simulation in Medication Calculation Instruction Nurse Educator 36 (5):181-182.
  • Costello, M. (2011) Student Issues: Predictors of Success on Medication Calculation Tests, Nurse Educator 36(1):11-12.
  • Costello, M.  (2010) Changing handoffs: The shift is on, Nursing Management 41(10)39-42.
  • Costello, M. (2010) A Comparison of Three Educational Strategies for the Acquisition of Medication Calculation Skills among Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Simmons College retrieved from

Book Chapters

  • Silvernail, S. Costello, M and Thompson, S. (2011). Reiki Practice: A Comfort for Patients and Nurses. In M.Hickey & P. Kritek (Eds.), Change Leadership in Nursing, How Change Occurs in a Complex Hospital System (pp. 239-242). New York, New York, Springer.
  • Costello, M. (2007). Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage. In T.M., Buttaro (Ed.).Primary Care: A collaborative practice, (pp.670-676). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  • Costello, M. (2007). Pancreatits. In T.M., Buttaro (Ed.).Primary Care: A collaborative practice, (pp.714-722). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.


  • Invited speaker: Interprofessional Collaboration: The results of a Qualitative Study
    Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Invited speaker: From marathon bombing Victim to Recovery Nursing Grand Rounds
    Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, Ma.
  • Invited speaker: Developing Mentor Skills the Nurse Colleague
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Ma.
  • Invited Speaker: Stories from the Bedside
    Brigham and Women's Hospital Nurse in Charge Forum Four Courts Sheraton
    Norwood, Ma
  • Invited Speaker Spirituality and Nursing
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Boston, Ma
  • Invited Speaker Translating Preceptorship into Practice
    Northeast Regional Veterans Administration Nurses Alliance,
    Boston, Ma

Poster Presentations-Peer Reviewed

  • Poster presentation peer reviewed: The Use of Simulation to teach nursing students how to provide spiritual care to hospitalized patients ISSH, New Orleans, Louisiana 2011
  • Poster Presentation peer reviewed: Simulation and Nursing Students Drexel University Fort Lauderdale, Florida 2010