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Pat DiGiacomo

Pat DiGiacomo

Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program

digiacomop@lasalle.edu


Dr. Patricia DiGiacomo is the Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program. In this role, she is responsible for both the day and evening (ACHIEVE) prelicensure programs.  Dr. DiGiacomo earned her EdD in Educational Leadership as well as her MSN from Temple University and a BSN from the University of Delaware.

Dr. DiGiacomo has an extensive teaching, clinical, and leadership background.  Her expertise includes maternal/child health, community with a population health focus, interprofessional education, simulation, leadership and management. She is passionate about student success.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maternal Child Health
  • Simulation
  • Community Health
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Leadership

Education

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DOCTOR IN EDUCATION 2017
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 1997
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 1982
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Honors/Awards

2019 – Patriotic Employer, Office of the Secretary of Defense

2013 – Innovative Teaching Grant Award, Temple University

Teaching

  • Adult Medical Surgical Course
  • Community Health Courses
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Healthy Life Styles Course
  • Senior Seminar

Grants

DiGiacomo, Patricia.  (2018-2019). 2019 Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship Program Grant.  Independence Blue Cross Foundation.  Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, Patricia.  (2017-2018). 2018 Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship Program Grant.  Independence Blue Cross Foundation.  Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, P. (2017-2018).  Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Grant.  Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

DiGiacomo, P. & Elkind, E.  (SFY 2013 – 2014).  College Health Professionals and Social Work at Temple University (CHPSW) Innovative Teaching Grant for Obstetrical Simulation Lab.

McKeever, A., DiGiacomo, P., & Klein, C. (SFY 2011 – 2012).  Breastfeeding and Birthing Hospital and Birthing Centers Initiative Small, No-Bid Grant, Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Publications

Books/Chapters

McKeever, A., DiGiacomo, P., Hark, L. & Larkins, K. (2012). Chapter 4 Nutrition from Pre-conception Through Lactation.  In Hark, L., Ashton, K., & Deen, D.  (Second Edition),

The Nurse Practitioner’s Complete Guide to Nutrition (pp. 45 – 78). Iowa: Wiley – Blackwell Publishing,

Presentations

Kaplan L., Sterling G., Sinnott M., Vernon R., Santalucia S., Idahosa C., Spadone S.,  DiGiacomo P., Gresko S., Calligaro I., Rotz M., Reifler D., Reed T.  (April 2018).  Interprofessional Education in the Preclinical Years at Temple University, Report of Initial Outcomes.  Invited Oral

Presentation at Interprofessional Innovations session at 2018 North East Group on Educational Affairs Meeting.  AAMC, Zucker School of Medicine/Hofstra, Hemstead, NY April 2018

Gresko, S, DiGiacomo, P. Bringing the Simulation Lab to the Classroom. (October 2017).  44th Biennial Convention – Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Indianapolis, IN.

DiGiacomo, P, Gresko, S. Don’t Stall, Just Call Initiative. (October 2017).  Poster Presentation. 44th Biennial Convention –  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Indianapolis, IN.

DiGiacomo, P. (2017).  Evaluating the use of a Postpartum hemorrhage Simulation as a Teaching Strategy in an Undergraduate Nursing Program:  successfully defended June 2017.  Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, P., Gresko, S., Duffy, J. (October 2016).  Bringing Technology to the Classroom – Pediatric Safety Scenario.  College of Public Health Showcase.

DiGiacomo, P., Kaplan, L. MD, Reifler, D., MD, Rotz, M. Pharm D, BCPS, & Sinnott, M., PT, DPT. (April 2016). Professional Identity Formation in an Interprofessional Setting from Tribalism to Teamwork.  Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DiGiacomo, P. (April 2016).  Campus Safety Initiative:  Increasing Alcohol Awareness. Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools (PHENSA) Spring Meeting, Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania.

DiGiacomo, P. & McKeever, A. (June 2012).  From Policy to Practice Change:  Nursing Partnerships in Practice to Change Low Income African American Initiation of Breastfeeding Rates.  AWHONN National Convention National Harbor, Maryland.

DiGiacomo, P. (June 2011).  Redesigning the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to better prepare them in primary health settings.  ACHNE Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

Clark, M., DiGiacomo, P. & Jelic, M.  (December 2010).  Evidence Based Practice Approaches to Primary Health Care Curricular Redesign. Temple University Department of Nursing Evidence Based Practice Conference, Philadelphia, Penna.

DiGiacomo, P., Jelic, M. & Rothman, N.  (June 2010)  Creating a Community Health Fair: A first community assignment ACHNE/ASTON Joint Meeting Alexandria, Virginia.

Certifications

  • BLS
  • Certified in Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing
  • Completed Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Fall 2014 Temple University
  • Poverty Simulation Facilitator

Community Organization

Board Member of CTC Wellness Foundation (focus on increasing student awareness of alcohol poisoning prevention) Member, Health Services Advisory Committee/Philadelphia