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Jill Howie Esquivel

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 4008
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Jill Howie Esquivel, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, is an associate professor and coordinator of the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. With dual-certification as a board-certified family and acute care nurse practitioner, she brings extensive professional nursing experience with a particular interest in patients with and at risk for serious cardiac conditions.

Dr. Esquivel’s research is focused on improving symptoms in patients with heart failure through patient engagement and self-care/compassion, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. Her program of research has included the development of interventions that improve patient heart failure knowledge to improve self-care and symptoms. She has investigated methods for patient education, physical activity and practical strategies for daily self-care to improve symptom burden and the trajectory for long-term outcomes.

Esquivel earned her BSN from the University of San Francisco and her MS and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, and is active in the American Heart Association, the Heart Failure Society of America, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.

InnoVAte Year 4 Telehealth to Prevent and Manage Chronic Diseases
Source: Virginia Department Of Health
September 30, 2019 – September 29, 2022
NR JHE Getting in To Light Exercise in Heart Failure: GENTLE-HF
Source: American Heart Association
July 01, 2019 – June 30, 2022
Source: Hillman Family Foundations
October 01, 2018 – April 20, 2021
Virginia Telehealth Initiative to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke
Source: Virginia Department Of Health
February 08, 2019 – March 31, 2020
GNUR 6020: Advanced Pharmacology
Credits: 4
This course is designed to review, expand, and update the advanced practice nurse student's knowledge of general pharmacology and therapeutics. The action and interaction of the most commonly used drugs in advanced clinical nursing practice settings will be covered. Prerequisites: GNUR 6010, one year of relevant clinical experience, and admission to NP or CNS program.
GNUR 6120: Clinical Decision Making in Advanced Practice Nursing
Credits: 2
This purpose of this course is to build on foundational knowledge gained in pathophysiology, pharmacology and advanced health assessment. The learning experiences are intended to foster progression from a focus on gaining theoretical knowledge to the synthesis and application of that knowledge in the advanced clinical practice role. Prerequisite: GNUR 6010, 6020, 6025.
GNUR 6121: Diagnostics and Therapeutics Seminar
Credits: 3
This courses synthesizes clinical data to differentiate which diagnostic stuides, imaging, hemodynamic indices, or procedures are appropriate for formulation of initial working diagnos(es). The course utilizes a case based learning (CBL) approach through index cases commonly encountered in the acute care setting. The CBL format will facilitate development of data gathering skills, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical problem-solving.
GNUR 6310: AG-AC Seminar I
Credits: 4
This course examines guideline-supported evidence for introductory disease management of the acute/critically/chronically ill adolescent and adults including the frail elderly. The course utilizes a case based learning approach for commonly encountered problems. The course examines health promotion and disease prevention management strategies, and approaches to evaluate the outcomes of the planned interventions.
GNUR 6315: Adult Geriatric Acute Care Seminar II
Credits: 3
This course examines guideline-supported evidence for advanced disease management of the acute/critically/chronically ill adolescent and adult including the frail elderly. The course reinforces the case based learning approach for commonly encountered problems. The course examines advanced health promotion and disease prevention management strategies, and advanced approaches to evaluate outcomes of interventions.
GNUR 6430: Palliative Care: The Discipline, the Principles, the Practice
Credits: 2
This course will provide an overview of palliative care including the evidence base and historical and ethical perspectives. The 8 domains of the National Consensus Project's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care is the structure for the course. Communication, advocacy, and primary and specialist palliative care will be examined in the context of advanced nursing practice.
GNUR 8998: Masters Research
Credits: 1–6
Credit taken concurrentlyw ith master's coursework as approved by the faculty.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9630: DNP Practicum III: Evaluation and Dissemination of the Scholarly Pratice
Credits: 1
This course is the third of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 56 practice hours as they continue to build upon advanced nursing competencies to expand knowledge for expert nursing practice. Students are expected to enhance clinical reasoning, practice and/or systems management skills in their specialty practice area. In DNP Practicum III, students evaluate and disseminate their scholarly practice project.
GNUR 9998: Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students register for GNUR 9998 concurrently with course work until the dissertation proposal is successfully defended. Credits from non-topical research are not counted in the total program hours of credit. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty advisor.

Doctoral Class Marshall, UCSF Graduate Students' Association (2015)

Award for Teaching Excellence, UCSF Graduate Division (2013)

Nurse Faculty Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2011-2014)

Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award , UCSF Graduate Students Association (2011)

Marie Cowan Young Investigator Award, American Heart Association (2010)

Fellow, American Heart Association (2009)

Faculty Enrichment Award for Teaching Excellence , UCSF School of Nursing (2008)