PhD, RN, FN-CSA, CNE, CEN, CPEN, FAENDirector, Northeast Region
Director of Nursing, Mercer County Community College – Trenton, New Jersey
Elizabeth Mizerek, PhD, RN, FN-CSA, CNE, CEN, CPEN, FAEN is the Director of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Nursing Education program. She had previously worked at the college as an Adjunct and Assistant Professor in the program. Along with her role at MCCC, Mizerek works as a staff nurse in Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Hamilton’s Emergency Department. She also works for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
Mizerek earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University, an Associate of Science in Nursing from Union County College and a diploma from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center School of Nursing. She holds several national certifications: Certified Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing, Certified Emergency Nurse, and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, both from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Her research interests include clinical decision making, safety, communication, and student retention.
Mizerek is actively involved in promoting nursing education. She has been the chair of the New Jersey Council of Associate Degree program since 2019. She was appointed to the New Jersey Collaborating Center Board, after having served on the New Jersey Collaborating Center Advisory Commission for two years. She is a member of the New Jersey Nurse Leaders group through the New Jersey State Nurses Association. Mizerek represents the interest of associate degree nursing programs through several statewide workgroups that are charged with implemented the National Institute of Medicine Future of nursing recommendations, chairing the group focused on diverse student recruitment and retention.
During the COVID pandemic, Mizerek promoted student nurse involvement with the Medical Reserve Corp. She partnered with local public health agencies to run on-campus vaccination clinics that provided over 10,000 COVID vaccinations to the local communities, many administered by nursing students. On campus, Mizerek led a multidisciplinary team that provided recommendations to college administration for a safe return to campus. In addition, Mizerek was invited to serve on a national COVID workgroup through the Organization for Associate Degree Nurses. She has remained an active member of the workgroup, as the work has transitioned to implementation of the National Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing’s workforce recommendations.
On campus, Mizerek is the secretary of the MCCC College Governance Council, one of two primary bodies for shared governance on campus. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and Student Support Services Committee. She also functions as the Title IX Officer for the campus.
She also serves on the OADN Research Committee and the Emergency Nurses Association Research Advisory Council. Mizerek has been published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing and has presented on the local, state, and national level. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. She is also an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association, where she has served on multiple state and national committees and held the position of New Jersey State Council President in 2016. She has been an active member of the New Jersey Emergency Nurses Association Emergency Care Conference, which is planned entirely by volunteers and is the third largest emergency nursing conference in the country. In fall 2018, Mizerek was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing.