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Diane Frances Colizza, RN, MN, APRN, BC

Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 510
Phone: 412.396.6542

Education:

MN, Nursing Care of Children, University of Pittsburgh, 1980
BSN, Nursing, Carlow College, 1974
Bio

Mrs. Diane Colizza has been a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing since January of 1990.  She graduated from Carlow College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and earned a Master of Nursing in the Care of Children in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh. Her area of expertise is 40 years of experience in pediatric nursing, focusing on pediatric trauma and pediatric end of life care.

Mrs. Colizza has taught a variety of didactic courses and simulation labs, in addition to clinical experiences in an acute care pediatric hospital. Courses taught include Pediatric Nursing, Human Growth and Development, Nursing Technologies, Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical -Surgical Nursing, and transition courses to graduation senior students .   Mrs. Colizza has over 30 years of experience in educating undergraduate nursing students.

Mrs. Colizza has published in peer reviewed pediatric journals in addition to serving as an expert reviewer for maternal-child nursing textbooks. She holds numerous certifications, including Pediatric Nurse and Nurse Educator certifications.  Since 2005, Mrs. Colizza has been recognized as a Pediatric Palliative Care expert after completing the AACN's Pediatric Palliative Care Training Program. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She brings an in-depth knowledge of pediatric nursing and a passion for the specialty to the School of Nursing.


Research

Grants Awarded

Co-Investigator - Early Intervention Interdisciplinary In-service Program - submitted to Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education - Higher Education Partnership Grant, Funded 1997-1998 Amount Awarded: $3000.00

Co-Investigator - Early Intervention Interdisciplinary In-service Program - submitted to Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education - Higher Education Partnership Grant, Funded 1996-1997 Amount Awarded: $5000.00

Co-Investigator - Early Intervention Interdisciplinary Field Experience - Submitted to Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education - Higher Education Partnership Grant August 1995, Funded September 1995 Amount Awarded:$4550.00

Principal Investigator - Pediatric Pain Management: Critical Thinking Strategies of Expert Nurses - Submitted to Nursing Research Council, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. October 1994; Funded May 1995 Amount awarded: $900.00

Principal Investigator - Pediatric Pain Management: Critical Thinking Strategies of Expert Nurses - Submitted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Epsilon Chapter. Funded April 1995 Amount awarded:$500.00

Principal Investigator - Nutrition Knowledge of School-Age Children - Dean's Award for Research, School of Nursing, Duquesne University; Funded October 1994 Amount awarded: $855.00

The Chemically Dependent Nurse - Duquesne University, Duquesne C.A.R.E.S. Curriculum Infusion Program; Funded November 1994 Amount awarded: $500.00


Scholarship

Refereed Journals

Colizza, D.F. (1999) Otitis media in the pediatric patient. ORL Head and Neck Nursing, (17), 1, 7-15.

Colizza, D.F., Prior, M. & Green, P. (1996). The emergency department experience: The developmental and psychosocial needs of children. Topics in Emergency Medicine, 18, (3), 26-40.

Colizza, D.F. & Keller, A. (1996). Preschool vision alert! Young Children, 51, (3), 80-81.

Colizza, D.F. (1995). Pertussis update. Journal of School Health, 65, (5), 195-198.

Colizza, D.F. (1995). Action Stat! Dislodged chest tube. Nursing 95, 25, (9), 33.

Colizza, D.F. & Colvin, S. (1995). Food choices of health school-age children. Journal of School Nursing 11, (4),30-32.

Non-refereed articles-Journals/Newsletters

Colizza, D.F., Prior, M. & Green, P. (1998). The emergency department experience: The developmental and psychosocial needs of children. Pediatric Patient Education Manual, Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Colizza, D.F., Prior, M. & Green, P. (1997). The emergency department experience: The developmental and psychosocial needs of children. Brain Injury Survivor and Caregiver Education Manual. Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Colizza, D.F. & Keller, A. (1997). Preschool vision alert! Kansas In-service Training System Newsletter, VI, (1), 6-7.

Colizza, D.F. & Colvin, S. Food choices of health school-age children. Pennsylvania League for Nursing Visions. Vol. IV, Summer Issue I, 1992.

Colizza, D.F. NCAFS: Clinical application. NCAST National News. (submitted by request June 1995)

Non-research related presentations

November 16-18, 2003, Growing Nurse Leaders, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Leadership in Baccalaureate Education: Focusing on Students, Faculty, and the Curriculum, San Antonio, Texas, (Podium presentation)

October 23, 1999, Preschool Vision Alert! The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, Pittsburgh, PA. (Competitive review)

June 18, 1999, Otitis Media in the Pediatric Patient, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the Pittsburgh and Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapters, Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Nurses. Hershey, PA (Invited)


Honors/Awards

Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award - Presidential Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence, March, 1997.

Nomination "Teacher of the Year" - Omicron Delta Kappa, 1996

Awards related to scholarship activities

Duquesne University, Dean's Award, School of Nursing for "Innovative Strategies in Nursing Leadership and Management" - Hunkele Instructional Innovative Grant (Fall 1992)

Duquesne University, Dean's Award, School of Nursing for "Food Choices of Healthy School-Age Children" Hunkele Starter Grant (Spring 1991)

Recipient of Federal Professional Nurse Traineeship - University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Nursing (1980)