Lucia Gonzales is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice and Simulation. Dr. Gonzales completed a Doctor of Philosophy from Emory University. Her major concentration was adult health nursing with a Certificate in Women’s Studies. Her dissertation research focused on role transitions and health outcomes of midlife woman following acute myocardial infarction. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in secondary education from Rosary College, Master of Science in Nursing degrees in Gerontology/ Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Recently she graduated with her MSN in Adult/Gero/Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of San Diego.
At the graduate level, Dr. Gonzales has taught leadership/professional issues and health theory at Emory and Kennesaw State Universities, and research at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Gonzales has greater than ten years’ experience as Director of Education in health systems and greater than ten years as chief nursing administrator. She is an invited international speaker on transition and adult development topics and maintains a nursing practice as a transition planner for the midlife woman.
Her nursing administrative and educational research interests include care coordination, continuing nursing education and the effect on quality outcomes; nursing competency evaluation tool development, student learning styles assessment and the development of culturally sensitive patient education materials. $420,000 grants for care coordination and nurses’ computer education were awarded. She developed an onsite RN to BSN program in collaboration with UMDNJ/Rowan School of Nursing for 93 nurses.
Her clinical applied practice research interest includes the implementation of an evidence based algorithm that reduces the symptom burden of the palliative care patient. Her most recent publication, “Adjusting bowel regimens when prescribing opioids in women receiving palliative care in the acute care setting”, is found in International Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2015).