Pamela C. Spigelmyer, PhD, RN, CNSAssistant Professor
School of Nursing
Fisher Hall 512
Education:PhD, Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
MS, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Public/Community Health, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
BSN, Nursing, Bloomsburg University, 1987
Dr. Spigelmyer has served on several faculties in her twenty-nine year career in nursing. Most recently she served as Clinical Instructor of Medicine for The Commonwealth Medical College of Scranton, PA before coming to Duquesne. At the Commonwealth Medical College she educated and mentored medical students in the formation of research and evidence-based practice projects to improve care of the patient. Previously she served as Adjunct Faculty at Duquesne University and Part-time Faculty and Clinical Instructor for the Pennsylvania College of Technology and The Pennsylvania State University. In these roles she taught and mentored both graduate and undergraduate nursing students.
Dr. Spigelmyer has also worked in worked in healthcare. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Research Specialist developing evidence-based practice projects and research projects with staff nurses to improve care of the hospitalized patient. She also helped staff nurses disseminate their findings via posters presented at regional, national and international conferences as well as publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Spigelmyer's research activities have focused on the family caregiver providing assistance for people with dementia. In particular, Dr. Spigelmyer is interested in the phenomenon of resistiveness to care as experienced by family caregivers. Dr. Spigelmyer also has research experience with the topics of end-of-life care, vulnerable populations, and oral health in the elderly population with cognitive impairment.
Dr. Spigelmyer received her BSN from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, School Nurse Certification from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, MS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public and Community Health from The Pennsylvania State University, and her PhD in Nursing with a concentration in gerontology from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Spigelmyer is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Epsilon Phi Chapter and Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), and the American Nurses Association.
May 2017-April 2019
"Improving Family Caregivers' Self-Management and Coping with Memory-Related Behaviors of People with Dementia"
(PI) Pamela Spigelmyer
Funded By: Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund Award ($8,719)
May 2015 - Dissertation
"Resistiveness to Care as Experienced by Family Caregivers Assisting People with Dementia"
(PI) Pamela Spigelmyer
Partially Funded by: Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International ($500)
September 2009- April 2011
"Infusing End-of-Life Care into Complex Organizations: The Prison Study"
(Corresponding PI) Dr. Susan Loeb
(PI Team) Susan Loeb, Janice Penrod, and Chris Hollenbeak
Role: Research Assistant - data collection, management, and preliminary analysis
Funded by: National Institute of Nursing Research Grant [1R01NR011874-01]
October 2009- April 2010
"Resistive Behaviors in the Context of Informal Caregivers Assisted Activities of Daily Living for People with Dementia" - A Pilot Study
(PI) Pamela Spigelmyer
(Co-I) Dr. Janice Penrod
Funded by: Beta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International ($1,000)
February 2009- April 2010
"Exploring the Formal/Informal Caregiver Interface across 3 Death Trajectories"
(PI) Dr. Janice Penrod
Role: Research Assistant - data collection, management, and preliminary coding
Funded by: NIH/NINR [1R01NR010127-01A1; $1440774/4 years]
January 2008- August 2008
"A Prescription for Enhancing Resident Quality of Life"
(PI) Dr. Ann Kolanowski
Role: Research Assistant - data collection and administration of an intervention
Funded by: National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR)
September 2005-December 2005
2004 National Nursing Center Consortium (NNCC): "Walk and Win" Project
(PI) Dr. Carol Smith
Role: Project Assistant - helped to coordinate student nurse involvement with intervention
Funded By: Health Resource Service Administration- Division of Nursing (HRSA)
Peer Reviewed Articles:
Spigelmyer, P., Hupcey, J., Smith, C.A., Loeb, S., & Kitko, L. (2018). Resistiveness to
care as experienced by family caregivers providing care for someone with dementia. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(1), 36-46. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12345
Broscious, C., Spigelmyer, P., & Breckenridge, D. (2015). Effects of bedtime nursing care for patients on a rehabilitation unit: A pilot study. International Journal for Human Caring, 19(4), 56-61.
Heyd, M. & Spigelmyer, P. (2014). Librarian-nursing collaboration to promote nursing research in a rural health care system. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 14, 322-327.
Spigelmyer, P.C. (2013). Linking clinical research to design research. Healthcare Design, 13 (3).
Jablonski, R. A., Munro, C. L., Grap, M. J., Schubert, C. M., Ligon, M., & Spigelmyer, P. (2009). Mouth care in nursing homes: knowledge, beliefs, and practices of nursing assistants. Geriatric Nursing, 30(2), 99-107.
Spigelmyer, P., & Jablonski, R. (2016). Impaired Oral Mucous Membrane. In Maas, M., Specht, J., Mobily, P., Schoenfelder, D. & Stineman, A. (Eds.), Care of older persons for optimum quality of life: Nursing diagnoses, outcomes, and interventions (Vol.3) Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa College of Nursing Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence.
Regional and National Conference Presentations:
Presentation: Family Caregiver's Perceptions of the Resistiveness to Care They Experience Caring for People with Dementia. (Pamela C. Spigelmyer, PhD, RN, CNS), 43rd Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 7-11, 2015
Presentation: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Enhancing End-of-Life Care in Prisons. (Christopher S. Hollenbeak PhD, Susan J. Loeb PhD, RN, Janice Penrod PhD, RN, Carol A. Smith DSN, CRNP Pamela C. Spigelmyer PhD, APRN, BC, CNS) National Hospice and Palliative care Organization 26th Management and Leadership Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, April 7-9, 2011.
Symposium: Family Care Giving Through the End of Life. (Chair: J. Penrod), The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2010 State of the Science, Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, D.C., September 27-29, 2010.
Paper 1: J. E. Hupcey, J. Penrod, S. J. Loeb, B. Baney, P. Shipley, P. Spigelmyer, "Needs-Driven, Non-Hospice Palliative Care"
Paper 2: P. Shipley, J. Penrod, J. E. Hupcey, P. Spigelmyer, B. Baney, S. J. Loeb, "Models Of Care Delivery In Advanced Chronic Illness"
Paper 4: J. Penrod, J. E. Hupcey, S. J. Loeb, P. Spigelmyer, B. Baney, P. Shipley, "Connects/Disconnects Between (In)Formal Caregivers"
Symposium: Supporting Family Caregivers through End-of-Life Transitions: Opened Doors and Missed Opportunities.(Chair: J. Penrod, Discussant: J. Hupcey), 23rd Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, Providence, RI, March 24-26, 2010.
Paper 3: Spigelmyer, P., Penrod, J. "Opened Doors and Missed Opportunities for Enhanced End-of-Life Care"
Symposium: Understanding the Influence of the Culture of Care on End-of-life Caregiving. (Chair: J. Penrod, Discussant: J. Hupcey), 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA, November 18-22, 2009.
Paper 1: Penrod, J., Hupcey, J., Baney, B., Shipley, P., Spigelmyer, P., Thurheimer, J., "Death Trajectories, and the Culture of Care"
Paper 2: Spigelmyer, P., Penrod, J., "The Culture of Care in a Heart Failure Clinic"
Regional and National Poster Presentations:
Broscious, C., Spigelmyer, P., & Breckenridge, D. "Changing the Clinical Nursing Unit Culture to Include Nursing Research as Part of Nursing Care" 43rd Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 7-8, 2015.
Spigelmyer, P. "Family Caregivers' Perceptions of Resistiveness to Care Experienced When Caring for Someone with Dementia" 30th Annual Graduate Exhibition of Penn State University, University Park, PA, March 22, 2015.
Lundy, P., Duchman, S. & Spigelmyer, P. "Partnership to Align Nursing Practice, Electronic Individualized Plan of Care and Patient Outcomes" 2014 Annual PONL Nursing Leadership Conference. Gettysburg, PA, October 22-23, 2014.
Lundy, P., Duchman, S & Spigelmyer, P. "Leadership ‘Noon Huddles' Impact Patient Safety" 2013 Annual PONL Nursing Leadership Conference. Gettysburg, PA, October 23-24, 2013.
Loeb, S. J., Penrod, J., Hollenbeak, C. S., Smith, C. A., & Spigelmyer, P. "Identifying and Prioritizing End-of-Life Care Needs: The Prison Study." Invited poster presentation at the National Institute of Nursing Research 25th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, Bringing Science to Life, Bethesda, MD, September 30, 2010.
Spigelmyer, P. "Challenges to Informal Caregivers During Assisted Activities of Daily Living for People with Dementia," 23rd Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, Providence, RI, March 26, 2010
Spigelmyer, P. "Current Scientific Understanding of Resistiveness to Care: A Concept Analysis," 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia. November 19, 2009.
Penrod, J., Hupcey, J., Spigelmyer, P., Shipley, P., Thurheimer, J., Baney, B., "Informal Caregiving at the End-of-Life: Interfacing with Healthcare Providers During Clinic Visits," 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA, November 18-22, 2009.
Spigelmyer, P. "Resistiveness to Care in the Context of Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges to Informal Caregivers" 40th Biennial Convention. Sigma Theta Tau International. Indianapolis, Indiana. November 1, 2009.
Spigelmyer, P. C., & Jablonski, R. A. "Voices of Nursing Assistants Inform Oral Care Interventions for Persons With Dementia," Annual Scientific meeting of the Eastern Nursing Research Conference. Boston, Massachusetts- March 2009.
Summer 2016 - Duquesne University Presidential Scholarship Award grant "Resistiveness to Care as Experienced by Family Caregivers Assisting People with Dementia" ($5000)
- Hospital Associations of Pennsylvania (HAP) Achievement Award
- Optimal Operations Award- "Improving Surgical Care for Critical Access Hospital Patients While Maintaining Cost-Efficient Care"
2013 - Fall Pennsylvania State University Nursing Alumni Society Mentoring MACS Award
Lundy, P., Duchman, S. & Spigelmyer, P. "Partnership to Align Nursing Practice, Electronic Individualized Plan of Care and Patient Outcomes" 2014 Annual PONL Nursing Leadership Conference. Gettysburg, PA, October 22-23, 2014