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Regina M. DeGennaro

Professor
Assistant Department Chair
Academic Director
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
CMNEB 2101
225 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Dr. DeGennaro is the Academic Director for Clinical Partnerships at the School of Nursing. Her clinical research focuses on translating the evidence for oncology nursing practice to the bedside and specifically on improving symptom management, quality and safety. She has presented regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. DeGennaro serves as the Assistant Department Chair for the Department of Acute and Specialty Care at the School of Nursing. In this role, she closely partners with the SON faculty to develop sites, recruit and coach clinical faculty for roles as educators in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. DeGennaro’s undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree is from Niagara University School of Nursing in Niagara University, New York. She received her master’s degree in adult acute care nursing with a focus in oncology nursing from the University of Virginia, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Virginia with a focus in oncology nursing symptom management. Her clinical practice, educator, management and administrative background include positions in oncology, home health, hospice and education settings in New York, California, Iowa and Virginia. These roles along with her graduate and doctoral education, inform her work as an educator, administrator and clinical educator in the Health System.

Dr. DeGennaro teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and coordinates the Practica with a team of educators and faculty advisors. She co-teaches two electives developed with colleagues and based on feedback from students. One is an elective in Oncology and End of Life Nursing and one addresses self-management and healthy responses to stress, and is entitled "Introduction to Resilience in Nursing". Dr. DeGennaro serves as a national reviewer for the Oncology Nurses Association, regionally for the Virginia Nurses Association and locally for the UVA Cancer Center and Health System committees.  She hold memberships in several professional organizations and certifications from the Oncology Nursing Society and from the American Association for Colleges of Nursing for the CNL certification.

In her role as clinical educator, Dr. DeGennaro partners with her colleagues in the Acute Oncology clinical setting to facilitate orientation opportunities for novice nurses. As a national trainer for ONS, she teaches the ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course with a clinical practice partner several times a year. This course addresses quality and safety and begins the educational process toward chemotherapy competency for registered nurses caring for oncology patients. Dr. DeGennaro partners with the Director of the SON Clinical Simulation Learning Center to facilitate educational opportunities for the UVA Health System oncology nursing staff based on needs assessments completed with the oncology expert clinician and Nurse Manager.

Dr. DeGennaro facilitates introductory experiential contemplative practices in class and in clinical settings for students and nurses to learn to care for self. She invites students to learn about opportunities to improve quality and safety outcomes beginning with the ability to pay attention and be present.  She introduces an invitation to inquiry and teaches the beginning exploration of mindful awareness practices to deepen self-awareness, to facilitate coping and to enhance capacity for compassion in providing care to patients, families and self. Dr. DeGennaro has re-designed courses through work with colleagues at the Course Development Institute offered through the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia.  She has added contemplative pedagogical approaches within existing courses to address quality and safety outcomes and self-care for nurses and nursing students.

Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice
Source: American Cancer Society
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2018
Clinical Doctoral Scholarship
Source: Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
NR - Kahler Scholarship - Oncology Nursing Society Clinical Doctoral Scholarship Award
Source: Oncology Nursing Society Foundation
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
NUIP 3004: Introduction to Resilience and Self Care
Credits: 2
This elective in Nursing Resilience provides graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to experience known supportive and stress management modalities that might allow them the opportunity to recognize the need for self-care and reduce the work stress associated with the novice role and throughout their career.
NURS 3006: Oncology Nursing and End-of-Life Care
Credits: 1–2
This elective in Oncology Nursing gives undergraduate students an opportunity to experience the related specialties of oncology nursing, palliative care, and hospice care. They will be able to apply basic knowledge about cancer pathophysiology and nursing management and develop basic nursing skills as they visit selected clinical settings. The course will emphasize current concepts and practices in oncology nursing and issues related to palliative and hospice care. Prerequisite: Third-year and fourth-year traditional students or RN to BSN and MSN-CNL students; permission of instructor.
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GCNL 5210: Introduction to Nursing Leadership and the Healthcare System
Credits: 2
Introduces the theories essential to nursing leadership in the contemporary health care system. Explores theories of change, complexity, horizontal leadership, microsystems, and decision-making and their relationship to nursing and the health care system. The course emphasizes self-assessment of leadership attributes. The course content provides an application of leadership skills to actual and/or simulated problems. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 8240: Introduction to DNP Practice Inquiry & Scholarship
Credits: 2
This course builds upon master's level advanced nursing practice competencies by introducing the DNP student to expert doctoral nursing practice, AACN DNP Essentials, DNP-APRN Competencies, reflective practice, practice inquiry and scholarship. Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice, Quality Improvement frameworks and socialization to doctoral nursing practice is initiated. A foundation for DNP practicum self-assessments is introduced.
GNUR 8260: Application of Practice Inquiry, Implementation Science and Scholarship
Credits: 3
Second course in a three-seminar sequence that builds upon master's level advanced and interprofessional nursing practice by using design thinking and implementation science as a foundation for scholarly project proposal planning and approval. Advanced nursing practice socialization continues with focus on interprofessional relationships.
GNUR 8270: Introduction to DNP Scholarly Project Evaluation & Dissemination
Credits: 2
Third course in a three-seminar sequence that builds upon master's level advanced nursing practice competencies by introducing the DNP student to concepts of project evaluation and dissemination to support scholarly practice. This course is the culmination of the DNP curriculum and distinguishes the doctoral prepared student to lead in interprofessional practice.
GNUR 8993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Independent Study in Nursing
GNUR 9600: DNP Practicum
Credits: 1–9
DNP practicum builds upon master's level advanced nursing competencies by supporting the DNP students' transition to expert doctoral nursing practice and students' achievement of AACN DNP Essentials and DNP-APRN Competencies. Students are expected to advance to a higher level of expertise and demonstrate leadership in practice and scholarship.
GNUR 9610: DNP Practicum I: Development of the Scholary Practice Project Proposal
Credits: 1–4
This course is the first of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 224 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. Students finalize the scholarly practice project.
GNUR 9620: DNP Practicum II: Implementation of the Scholarly Practice Project
Credits: 1–4
This course is the second of three practica in which students will complete a minimum of 224 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 II students implement the scholarly practice project.
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 9991: Capstone
Credits: 6
The DNP program culminates in the successful completion of a scholarly project, which is designed by the student in collaboration with a 3-member committee that includes a chair, a faculty member and a clinical expert . Prerequisite: DNP standing