Kathleen Monforto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kathleen Monforto joined the faculty at La Salle University in August 2018. Her clinical expertise is pediatrics. Prior to coming to La Salle University, Dr. Monforto worked at a quaternary, not-for-profit, free-standing children’s hospital for 17 years. At this institution, Dr. Monforto worked in a variety of nursing roles such as a clinical nurse, charge nurse, preceptor, orientation coordinator, clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse expert, education nurse specialist, and clinical instructor. Dr. Monforto’s doctoral dissertation stemmed from her nursing experience working the weekend incentive program.

Dr. Monforto’s passion for education was exemplified early in her career when she began precepting new nurses and teaching in the hospital-wide orientation classes, preceptor workshop, and nurse residency programs. Immediately prior to coming to La Salle University, Dr. Monforto was a nursing professional development specialist. She planned, implemented, and evaluated many educational programs, especially for nursing orientation, at the institution. Dr. Monforto ensured compliance with the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) educational design process and accreditation criteria as the primary nurse planner for continuing nursing education.

Areas of Expertise

Nursing Professional Development


Villanova University, College of Nursing Graduate Program; September 2017; PhD in Nursing;Dissertation: A Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Common Pediatric Diagnoses Admitted on Weekends to Those Admitted on Weekdays
Villanova University, College of Nursing Graduate Program; December 2007; Post Master’s, Nursing: Nursing Education
Georgetown University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; December 2000; Masters of Science, Nursing: Integrated Health Systems: Clinical Care Coordination
Georgetown University, School of Nursing; May 1999; Bachelor of Science, Nursing


Certified Pediatric Nurse
Certified in Nursing Professional Development
American Heart Association: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization Instructor
American Heart Association: Basic Life Support Instructor


NUR 202 Health Assessment Lab
NUR 423 Public Health/Vulnerable Populations Clinical Instructor
NUR 332 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
NUR 335 Family Nursing: Childrearing Families
NUR 334 Genetics and Genomics


Monforto, K.  (2017). A Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Common Pediatric Diagnoses Admitted on Weekends to Those Admitted on Weekdays (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (Number 10608577).
Agosto, P., Cieplinski, J.A., Monforto, K., Griffin, M.D., Roberts, K.E., Tracy, E., & Hickerson, K.A. (2017). The central staffing office intensive care nurse residency program: A pilot program. Nursing Economics, 35(3), 147-150.
Monforto, K., Figueroa-Altmann, A., Stevens, C., Thiele, K., & Ely, E. (2012). Time changes for scheduled nursing assessments: Impact on clinical decisions and patient discharge. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 26-33.


Monforto, K., Lebet, R., Perkel, M, Wildes, R., Rust, D., King, K.,… O’Brien, A  (2018, September).  From Siloed to Centralized: An Outcome Focused Critical Care Orientation Program.  Poster session presented at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 2018 Poster Session, Philadelphia, PA.
Donner, C., Monforto, K., McCloskey, M., Cockerham, J., Vizy, M., Sesko, L. (2018, October).  Two Phases to Safety: An Orientation Journey.  Poster session to be presented at the 15thAnnual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference presented by Nursing of Children Network, Local Chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, Wilmington, DE.

Memberships and Organizations Affiliations

American Nurses Association
Association for Nursing Professional Development
National League of Nursing
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
Continuing Education (CE) Reviewer
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Society of Pediatric Nurses
2017-2018 Member of the Program Planning Committee