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Lucia Gonzales PhD, MSN, FNP-C, AGPCNP-BC

Associate Director of Research, Associate Professor




Office: 431 Edwards/451 Clemson Univer
Phone: 864/656-2169
Fax: 864/656-5488
Email: luciag@clemson.edu
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 Educational Background

Certificate Women's Health
Emory University 2004

PhD Nursing
Emory University 2004

MBA Business Administration
Bowling Green State University 1989

MSN Adult/Gero/Family Nurse Practitioner
University of San Diego 2014

AD Nursing
Triton College 1974

BA Spanish/Secondary Education
Rosary College 1969

 Courses Taught

2011-2018 Associate Professor, tenured, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego, San Diego, California;
Graduate theory Courses:

MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice, Research and Theory Spring, 2011;
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice, Research and Theory Fall, 2011;
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice, Research and Theory Spring 2012
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice, Research and Theory Fall 2012; MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice, Research and Theory Fall Spring 2013

MEPN 534/555 Med-Surg Nursing I Fall, 2011
MEPN 534/555 Med-Surg Nursing I Fall, 2012

MEPN 556 Med-Surg Nursing II Spring 2012

NPTC 535 Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Nursing
DNPC 653 Healthcare Finance
DNPC 630 NP Seminar
ENLC 553 Healthcare Finance

Graduate simulation lab courses:
MEPN 521L-01 Health Assessment Fall 2013;
MEPN 521L-01 Health Assessment Fall 2014—lead faculty
MEPN 521L-01 Health Assessment Fall 2015--lead faculty
MEPN 521L-02 Health Assessment Fall 2015--lead faculty
MEPN 521L-02 Health Assessment Fall 2016—lead faculty
MEPN 521L-03 Health Assessment Fall 2016—lead faculty
NPTC 521L-02 Health Assessment Fall 2017

MEPN 534/555L Med-Surg Nursing I Fall 2013
MEPN 534/555L Med-Surg Nursing I Fall 2014
MEPN 534/555L-02 Med-Surg Nursing I Fall 2015
MEPN 534/555L-02 Med-Surg Nursing I Fall 2016
MEPN 534/555L-03 Med-Surg Nursing I Fall 2016

MSNC 518L Health Assessment Spring 2014
MSNC 518L-02 Health Assessment Spring 2015
MSNC 518L-02 Health Assessment Spring 2016
MSNC 518L-03 Health Assessment Spring 2016
MSNC 518L-02 Health Assessment Spring 2017
MSNC 518L-03 Health Assessment Spring 2017

PHDN 693 Independent Study Teaching Residency courses (taught for PhD nursing students in the MEPN program simulation lab course) Fall 2014
PHDN 693 Independent Study Teaching Residency courses (taught for PhD nursing students in the MEPN program simulation lab course) Spring 2015

 Profile

Dr. Gonzales assumes the role of Associate Director of Research at Clemson School of Nursing. Dr. Gonzales has greater than ten years' experience as Director of Education and greater than ten years as chief nursing administrator in acute care health systems. Her career accomplishments include awards of $420,000 grants for care coordination and nurses' computer education. She developed an onsite RN to BSN program in collaboration with UMDNJ/Rowan School of Nursing for 93 nurses. She is an invited international speaker on transition and adult development, palliative and cardiovascular care, and cultural competence. At the baccalaureate level, she taught leadership, professional nursing, contemporary issues, organizational transitions, and logic and critical thinking at Clayton State College and University. 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. Most recently, she was Associate Professor of Nursing, leading geriatrics and health care finance in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of San Diego. Her publications encourage faculty and clinical nurses to interject research into both the academic and clinical settings. Dr. Gonzales maintains a nursing practice as a transition planner for the midlife woman and nurse practitioner. Lucia and her husband, Venerable, built a Roman Catholic faith-based chapel in the Philippines that serves as a site for prayer, education, medical missions and international research. They have seven children and six grandchildren.

 Research Interests

My background in nursing includes specific training in gerontology, palliative and hospice care, women’s studies, cardiology, and as an adult gero/family nurse practitioner. I have an extensive healthcare leadership experience with training in business administration and foreign languages. In 2011, I attended both the NINR Pain Methodologies Boot Camp and the National End of Life Nursing Education Consortium training. My clinical research focuses on women and their recovery from illness— (1) palliative care symptoms and advance directives completion, and (2) cardiovascular illness recovery factors. Palliative care symptoms. My earliest research efforts began with an investigation of the symptom of constipation in the elderly. Recently my research is an evaluation of treatment of opioid induced constipation in elder women in the acute care setting. This research was accomplished during a two-year university and hospital collaborative research agreement (below cited publication). I addressed the problem that women are dying in pain because of reluctance to use opioids that bring about constipating side-effects. I performed an assessment of the adherence to an algorithm for bowel regimen that should accompany the use of opioids derivatives in managing palliation for the patients. Advance directive completion rates. The project was a multi-modal approach with structured education on the topic of ADs and providers recognition of patients in need of ADs resulted in improved rates of AD completion while also facilitating patient centered-care. Cardiovascular illness recovery factors. I study the factors influencing women’s cardiovascular recovery outcomes—role quality, marginality, religiousness and lifestyle physical activity. Perpetuate interest in performing and applying research. I devote myself to preparing clinicians to engage in research. This work has engaged over 100 clinicians in research and included the authoring of publications encouraging the application of research in clinical practice. Instruments of marginality and religiousness have been prepared for international use with thorough psychometric investigation. I coordinate three large teams across three continents in the performance of my research. This effort mandates a close working relationship with hospital administration, medical and nursing staff, faculty and students. I successfully administered all aspects of the projects (e.g. staffing, procedures, research design). As a result of these experiences, I am aware of the importance of frequent communication among project members, assaying the response of those involved in a change project, of constructing a realistic research plan, timeline and budget. Change models, such as the PRECEDE-PROCEED change model were employed to investigate practice and organize an organizational response to the research problem. My twenty-five-year hospital executive-level administrative career provided experience in directing projects. In the past fifteen years since my PhD graduation, I have been employed for nine years in academic pursuits—research administration, engaging in research projects, collaborations, and diligent competition for national grants. For six years I was engaged in healthcare administration with my focus in departments of research and of hospice care.

Georges JM, Gonzales L, Aube P, Connelly C. (2013). A research collaboration between a Catholic university school of nursing and healthcare system: process and model. Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 32(2): 249-263.

 Research Publications

Kamm-Steigelman, L. (2008) Welcome to research rounds. Nursing2008Critical Care November (3)6:10-11

Kamm-Steigelman, L. (2008) Making a quick study of research articles. Nursing2009Critical Care January (4)1:17-18.

Kamm-Steigelman, L. (2009) Welcome to Research Rounds: Applying research to practice for VTE. Nursing2009 Critical Care March(4)2: 13-14.

Schreiber M., Foran-Lee, L., Ross, T. (2010) How simulation can help assess nursing competency. Nursing2010CriticalCare November; 5(6):43-45.

Georges JM, Gonzales L, Aube P, Connelly C. (2013). A research collaboration between
a Catholic university school of nursing and healthcare system: Process and model.
Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 32(2): 249-263.

Gonzales, L., Koci, A., Gee, RM, Noji, A., Glaser, D., Marsh, A.K., Marsh, K.K., Altman, A.M., Al Salmi, N., Al Sabei, S. (2015) Caring for women globally: Psychometric testing of two instruments translated into five languages for use in cardiovascular recovery. International Journal of Nursing Practice 21 (March 21 Suppl. 1) 27-37. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12393. PubMed PMID: 25759199.

Gonzales, L.K., Delmastro, M.A., Boyd, D.M, Sterling, M.L., Aube, P.A., Le, R.N., Traucht, L., Quinal, L.R., Georges, J.., Glaser, D.N. (2015) Adjusting bowel regimens when prescribing opioids in women receiving palliative care in the acute care setting. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.Aug:33(7):663-8 doi: 10.1177/1049909115584754. PubMed PMID: 25964648.

Noji, A., Hardin, S.B., Gonzales, L., Curran, C. (2017) International collaborative education for future of nursing. Journal of Graduate School of Nursing Chiba University 39 (3).

Gonzales, L.K., Glaser, D., Howland, L., Clark., M.J., Hutchins, S., Macauley, K., Close J.F., Leveque, N.L., Failla, K. R., Brooks, R., Ward, J. (2016) Assessing learning styles of graduate entry nursing students as a classroom research activity: A quantitative research study. Nurse Education Today. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2016.09.016 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27710825.

Noji, A., Mochizuki, Y., Nosaki, A., Glaser, D., Gonzales, L., Mizobe, A., Kanda, K. (2017) Evaluating cultural competence among Japanese clinical nurses: Analyses of a translated scale. International Journal of Nursing Practice 23 (March 25 Suppl. 1) 12017;23(S1):e12251. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12251

Noji, A., Hardin, S., Gonzales, L., Curran, C. (2017) Planning for the future of nursing utilization using an international collaborative approach: Based on memorandum of understanding between Chiba University and the University of San Diego. Journal of Graduate School of Nursing, Chiba University, 39.51-57.

 Honors and Awards

2012 Activating Students in the Classroom USD Magazine and Billboard, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

2015, 2016 Scholarly achievement for submitting a NIH grant proposal in 2014, USD Office of Sponsored Programs, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA