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College of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Robin Evans Matutina, PhD, RN-BC, CPN™, CPON®, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Phone: 803-777-0472

College of Nursing 
University of South Carolina 
1601 Greene Street, Room 523
Columbia, SC 29208-4001 
United States 



Dr. Matutina received her PhD in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina (2012) and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina (1994).


Dr. Matutina's most recent teaching experience includes serving as a Mentor, Health Professions at Western Governors University. Concurrently, Dr. Matutina was part-time adjunct faculty for Trident Technical College leading students in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric nursing clinicals. During summer 2012, Dr. Matutina was Interim Nurse Educator Children's Services Ambulatory Care Services. During her doctoral program, Dr. Matutina was Pediatric Hematology Oncology Lecturer for Accelerated BSN students. Under the mentorship of Dr. Bonnie Dumas, Dr. Matutina taught online statistics to Doctor of Nursing Practice students.

Research (Concept Areas)

Middle School Student's Perception of Nursing as a Career
Redefining and Categorizing the Perceived Value of the RN in Ambulatory Care

Dr. Matutina was Principal Investigator for a pilot/feasibility, quantitative study entitled "Middle School Student's Perception of Nursing as a Career" that was funded by Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omicron At Large chapter. For this research, Dr. Matutina received the Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omicron At Large chapter, New Investigator Award. Dr. Matutina was awarded 3rd place, research division for the poster session presented at the 11th Annual South Carolina Nursing Excellence Conference in Columbia, SC; 1st place, research division for the poster session presented at the MUSC Nurses Week Poster Fair, Charleston, SC; and 1st place for the poster session presented at the 1st Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing Student Research Day 2011, Charleston SC.

In 2012, a clinical ladder project evolved into a mixed methods study conducted with a nurse educator and nurse manger entitled "Redefining and categorizing the perceived value of the RN in ambulatory care" which was published in AAACN Viewpoint and accepted for poster presentation at four venues including the 5th Nursing Economic$ Summit in Washington, DC.

In 2010, Dr. Matutina received funding from Children's Cancer Cooperative to develop patient education materials (refrigerator magnets) on a 5th grade reading level in an effort to improve education and healthcare outcomes for these families and children.


Dr. Matutina has disseminated 14 publications, 13 as first author, 11 of which are peer reviewed, and five of which are international publications. Dr. Matutina is published in international journals such as Nurse Researcher, Cancer Nursing Practice, and Pediatric Nursing; high impact journals such as Nursing Economic$ and Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and the multidisciplinary journal Ethnicity and Disease. Dr. Matutina has presented 13 poster sessions with venues including Columbia, SC; Washington, DC; New Orleans, Louisiana; Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Professional Service

Dr. Matutina is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing; Southern Nursing Research Society; Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Omicron at Large Chapter, Leadership Succession Committee; Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Gamma Chapter; and Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. Dr. Matutina was a Charleston Memorial Hospital Fellow (1994-1996).

Professional Practice

Pediatric Care: Ambulatory Care, Hematology Oncology, Sub-Specialty, Emergency Department
Adult Care: Medical-Surgical

Research Studies

Educational Interventions for Middle School Students to Improve the Perception of Nursing as a Future Career Choice. Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Omicron at Large chapter - $1,000. 2010 – 2011. Principal Investigator.

Redefining and Categorizing the Perceived Value of the RN in Ambulatory Care. 2010. Principal Investigator.


Matutina, R. (2012). Dignity in Death Imperative: Good Death. Nursing Economic$. Retrieved July 20, 2013, from

Matutina, R. (2012). The still, quiet voice. Journal of Christian Nursing, 29 (2), 121.

Matutina, R., Hamner, S., Battaglia, R. (2012). Redefining and categorizing the perceived value of the RN in ambulatory care, AAACN Viewpoint, 34 (1), 1, 8-10.

Matutina, R., Mueller, M., & Kelechi, T. (2011). Racial differences in pain reports between Black and White participants with chronic venous disorders treated with cryotherapy compared to usual care. Ethnicity & Disease, 21, 451-457.

Matutina, R., Newman, S., & Jenkins, C. (2010). Measurement of Students' Perceptions of Nursing as a Career. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42 (3), 319-329.

Matutina, R. (2010). The concept analysis of therapeutic misconception. Nurse Researcher, 17 (4), 86-93.

Matutina, R. (2010). Nurses week 2010: The HeArt of Nursing: Nurses caring today for a healthier tomorrow. Retrieved July 20, 2013, from (Password required to view).

Atassi, K., Freeman, R., Matutina, R., & Naccarato, M. (2010). Factors contributing to Filipinos' resistance to preventive screening. Cancer Nursing Practice, 9 (2), 22-25.

Matutina, R. (2010). Educating families of children newly diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice, 9 (1), 26-29.

Matutina, R. (2009). Ethical issues of research on children. Paediatric Nursing, 21 (8), 38-44.

Matutina, R. (2008, June 24). Scholarly advice for academic mastery. The National Scholars Honor Society. Retrieved December 2, 2008, from

Matutina, R. (2008). Hope springs eternal. Cancer Nursing Practice, 7 (8), 26-28.

Matutina, R. (2008, June). Recruiting middle school students into nursing. Journal of School Nursing, 24 (3), 111-115.