Faculty and Staff

Lydia Honorata Albuquerque

Professor • School of Nursing

Dr. Lydia Albuquerque is Assistant Professor and WP Online Nursing Graduate Co-ordinator. She has over two decades of service in Higher Education and is a nurse practitioner with a specialization in acute care and cardiology. Currently, she coordinates the WP online Graduate Nursing program that includes 22 courses and over 80 faculty teaching in the Graduate online program. Dr. Albuquerque is a certified online educator and an expert in teaching and developing online programs. she has developed four online courses since the start of the WP online program in Nursing.

Dr. Albuquerque serves on various university-wide committees such as the Graduate Policy, Center for Research Grants, Diversity and Justice UCC-4, Student Success, and is currently on the Inclusive Teaching Blue Ribbon Task Force. At the department level, she has served on Academic standards, Graduate, Admission, Search Committee, and RTP standards committees. She was actively involved in the CCNE accreditation of the Department of Nursing in 2018. Dr. Albuquerque serves as the Vice President of the WPU Sigma Iota at Large Chapter.

Dr. Albuquerque’s research endeavors extend from soliciting grants, implementing research projects, publishing, and presenting at International, National, and Local conferences. To date, she has secured over $300,000 in grants to address Hypertension and Stroke among women at high risk with a FIT BIT program to increase exercise, diet control, and medication adherence among women in the inner city. Her grants have been supported by the Department of Health and Human Services , NJ.

Dr. Albuquerque has collaborated on a funded 5-year HRSA grant to provide scholarships for economically underserved nursing students at WPU. A yearly grant of $650,000 is disbursed to deserving students entering or in the nursing program.

Dr. Albuquerque is a member of several Professional Organizations and served as the President of the National Association of Indian Nurses ( NAINA)from 2021-2022. Currently, she serves on the education committee of the Heart Failure Society of America ( HFSA). In July 2022 she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In March 2021, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Nursing Academies of Practice (NAP). She has also received several awards such as the New Jersey State Nurses Association Don & Diva award, March of Dimes, and Clinical Leadership and Excellence award from the Heart Failure Society of America. She has exemplified as a leader in moving agendas to address racism in Nursing and served as a Commissioner on the inaugural project of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

Dr. Albuquerque earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from William Paterson University and is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner From Rutgers University, and maintains her clinical practice at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Professional Interests

Education, Research, Nurse Practitioner



DNP Nursing, College of Science & Health, Department of Nursing, William Paterson University Wayne, NJ

MS Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, College of Nursing, Rutgers University Newark,

MS Nursing, Leelabai Thackersey , College of Nursing, SNDT Women'sUniversity Mumbai, India

BS Nursing, College of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune University Pune, India


Cardiology, Heart failure, Nurse Practitioner

Licenses and Certifications

Registered Nurse, New Jersey Board of Nursing State

Nurse Practitioner, New Jersey Board Of Nursing State

Critical Care Registered Nurse, American Association of Critical Care Nursing National

Acute care Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners National

Representative Publications

Predictors of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among Asian Indian Communities in the United States: A Cross-sectional Descriptive Study;

Hill-Rom’s bed exit system audible Alarm system, used in conjunction with falls protocol: Reduces falls on a medical-surgical inpatient unit, a process improvement project. ; , Journal of comprehensive Nursing and Research; 2020
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Health related Quality of Life, Predictor of 30 day Hospital readmissions among Heart failure patients; , Journal of Cardiac Failure; Volume 25, 2019

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Endurance Exercise Improves Heart Health Behaviors and Health Status: Do Patients Adhere? ; , Online Journal of Cardiovascular Research ; 2019

Patient’s Self-reported functional status and Health Related Quality of life: Prognostic Predictors for 30-day hospital readmission among Heart Failure patients; , Heart & Lung: The Journal of CardioPulmonary and Acute care; Volume 47, 2018

Representative Presentations

Impact of Resilient Option Training Among Asian Indian Nurses in India and the USA
34th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta International, July 2023 Self
, 2023

Global Collaboration During COVID-19
International Council of Nursing Montreal, June 2023
, 2023

Emotional Resilence and Emotional Intelligence in Leadership
Leadership conference Indian Nurses Association of Greater Houston
Houston, TX 2019

Awards and Honors

Nominated for Fellow of American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Nursing

Nominated for Fellow of National Academies of Practice
National Academies of Practice

DON & DIVA award from Institute for Nursing
New Jersey State Nurses Association

Nominated for 3rd Annual Future Leader in Heart Failure
Heart Failure Society of America

Leadership Excellence award, American Association of Indian Nurses, New Jersey.
American Association of Indian Nurses of America, New Jersey Chapter


Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduate Receives Award for Exceptional Nurses from New Jersey State Nurses Association 's Institute for Nursing

Introducing the APN Task force(2015-17)

NAINA celebrates Advance Practice Nurses

Nightingale Research Grant Awarded to Lydia Albuquerque

National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA) Advanced Practice Nurses Forum

Notable Courses Taught

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) ( 2023- Present)
NUR 7380- Leadership and Collaboration

Master of Nursing ( 2020- Present)
NUR 5461- Advance Pathophysiology
NUR 5411- Advanced Pharmacology
NUR 6062-Health Care Data Analytics
NUR6011- Advanced Health assessment

Undergraduate Nursing
NUR 3280- Fundamentals of Nursing

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