With more than 39 years in the nursing profession, Monica Diamond-Caravella has worked in several arenas of healthcare.
Early in her career she worked in the in-hospital acute care and ambulatory oncology environment with nationally recognized physicians and scientists. Later, she worked in community-based and local volunteer organizations.
Presently, as an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, Monica's interests and expertise lies within the teaching/learning of community/public health nursing for both prelicensure and RN to BS nursing students. Forging sustainable academic practice partnerships with a variety of local school districts and community based agencies using a service-learning and applied learning framework, Monica has enhanced clinical experiences for her students.
In addition, her collaborative alliances with several nurse educators from other nursing schools, and the local Asthma Coalition of Long Island, has added breadth and strength to a concerted effort to address the unusually high asthma burden in targeted high-needs communities across Long Island. This unique team of educators and public health professionals has become a model partnership that blends academia with clinical practice, with the ultimate goal of population health improvement.
She holds a a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree; master’s degree in oncology nursing; a post-master’s certificate in nursing education and is a nationally certified asthma educator. Her doctoral work focused on the efficacy of utilizing an academic-practice partnership to provide an American Lung Association evidenced-based asthma self-management program, Open Airways for Schools® (OAS). The aim of the study was to determine if OAS improves asthma self-management skills and self-knowledge in children living in high-needs communities. A logic model framework underlies the conceptual underpinnings of this academic-practice partnership.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Industry Expertise (5)
Certificate of Appreciation (professional)
Certificate of Appreciation, Asthma Coalition of Long Island
Outstanding Community Member (professional)
Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation, Outstanding Community Member
Harborfields’ Outstanding Community Member (professional)
Suffolk County Legislature Proclamation, Harborfields’ Outstanding Community Member
Community Service Award (professional)
Suffolk County Office of Professional Education’s Community Service Award
New York State PTA Honorary Life Membership (professional)
New York State PTA Honorary Life Membership
DNP Award for Health of Diverse Populations (professional)
DNP Award for Health of Diverse Populations, Midwest Nursing Research Society
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: BS, Nursing 1978
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: MS, Nursing 1991
Specialty track: Oncology
Case Western Reserve University: DNP, Educational Leadership 2017
- American Public Health Association
- Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
- Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
- Oncology Nursing Society Long Island-Queens Chapter
- Oncology Nursing Society
- Professional Nurses Association of Suffolk County
- The Long Island Health Collaborative
- Asthma Coalition of Long Island, Steering Committee
- Long Island Population Health Improvement Program, part of the Long Island Health Collaborative
Media Appearances (1)
Helping Kids with Asthma Stay Healthy in the Classroom
"Big Ideas" blog - State University of New York online
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood at the podium at Farmingdale State College recently to announce her latest piece of legislation, the School Asthma Management Plan Act, a bill that will provide $1.6 billion in funding to school districts from coast to coast to help them develop and implement programs that will help their students better manage their asthma.
Standing behind the senator was Farmingdale nursing professor Monica Diamond-Caravella, smiling as broadly as anyone in the room.
That’s because Professor Diamond-Caravella has been working tirelessly for the last six years, helping bring asthma relief and education to more than 2,000 kids in grades K-12 across Long Island. She and her staff of Farmingdale nursing students and faculty, in partnership with the Asthma Coalition of Long Island, are also training school nurses, staff, coaches and teachers how to help students better manage their asthma, with the goal of keeping them in school and out of hospital emergency rooms.
Event Appearances (12)
Asthma 102: Getting Beyond the Basics
Suffolk County Association of School Nurses meeting Suffolk County Association of School Nurses
An Innovative Approach to Inter-professional Collaboration Utilizing a Three Way Academic Service Partnership
Third Annual Professional Educational Conference Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
Community and University Partnerships with Schools: A Win-Win Best Practice Model
140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association
Changing Trends: Partnering for Creative Clinical Placements
Asthma Coalition of Long Island meeting Asthma Coalition of Long Island
A Potpourri of Teaching Theories, Strategies and Beyond…
Superintendent’s Conference Day, Western Suffolk Boces Long Island, NY
Do Academic/Practice Partnerships Affect the Educational Curriculum in Community/Public Health Nursing for Undergraduate Nursing Students? A Program Assessment
American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference and Event Denver, CO
Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma
Asthma Coalition of Long Island Quarterly Meeting Long Island
Evaluating an Academic-Practice Partnership’s ability to enhance baccalaureate curriculum
New York League for Nursing & Chi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Conference Farmingdale State College
When Reach Extends Touch: How an Academic/Practice Partnership Affects Undergraduate Community/Public Health Nursing Curricula
Association for Community Health Educators 2017 Annual Institute Baltimore, Maryland
No More Snow Days: Collaborate Ultra
Center for Teaching and Learning Farmingdale State College
Teaching with Rubrics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Revisited
Center for Teaching and Learning Farmingdale State College
Do Academic-Practice Partnerships Affect the Educational Curriculum in Community/Public Health Nursing for Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Program Assessment
American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Conference Denver, CO
- Workshop Leader
Research Focus (2)
Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma Using a Multi-Site Academic-Practice Partnership
Asthma is a serious public health concern for children. Prevalence rates are at epidemic proportions in minority pediatric populations with alarming disparate rates for emergency department visits and hospitalizations. School-based asthma education is a viable intervention to address barriers to asthma control and improve children’s self-management skills. Steeped in rich historical evidence, the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools® (OAS) is the leading school-based asthma self-management program to date.
Although schools have been identified as the ideal environment to provide asthma self-management education to children, there are notable and extensive barriers to effective implementation. This prevailing educational gap precludes the ability to adopt recommended school-based asthma education. The purpose of this study was to use existing data to determine the effectiveness of OAS in improving asthma self-management and self-knowledge skills in public elementary school children residing in high-needs communities receiving instruction by trained nursing student OAS facilitators within a multi-site academic-practice partnership. The creation of a multi-site academic-practice partnership served to address the educational gap by leveraging resources between a local asthma coalition, three baccalaureate nursing programs and several high-needs public-school districts on Long Island, New York. As a result of this enduring academic-practice partnership, a dataset of 377 existing validated pre-and post-test OAS questionnaires was collected between September 2013 and December 2015 but never analyzed for significance. In this one group pretest/posttest design for existing data, paired t-test analyses revealed statistically significant improvement (p < .001) for both asthma self-management skills and self-knowledge. Greatest increases for asthma self-management included the ability to avoid triggers, manage variable asthma symptoms, and access appropriate treatment. Greatest increases for asthma self-knowledge were associated with recognizing an asthma attack, preventing worsening symptoms and the ability to accurately identify asthma triggers.
Open Airways for Schools® is an effective school-based asthma management program that significantly improves asthma self-management skills and self-knowledge. A sustainable multi-site academic-practice partnership is a viable solution to address the gap in asthma education for children living
Do academic practice partnerships enhance the educational curriculum in community/public health nursing for undergraduate nursing students? A program assessment.
Presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (October 2016); Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (June 2017)
Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate how an academic-practice partnership, focused on school-based asthma self-management, affects undergraduate community/public health nursing curricula.
Design and Sample: Using a qualitative focus group design, forty-two students from three participating Long Island, New York based nursing programs were asked to explore perceptions of their clinical experiences teaching asthma self-management within the context of the academic-practice partnership.
Measurement: A jointly created set of open-ended interview questions guided 60-minute group sessions. Data was transcribed and collaborative descriptive content analysis was done. The unit of analysis was the individual participant responses informed by group interaction.
Results: While initial analysis of data confirmed achievement of embedded community/public health nursing clinical competencies, deeper analysis revealed strong linkages between student learning and the context, workings and goals of the partnership. Three major themes emerged related to participant understandings of the complexities and challenges in improving population health outcomes: positioning, professional/personal identity and social awareness.
Conclusions: Heightened role formation and application of an expanding professional identity to clinical practice and personal lives was demonstrated. Academic practice partnerships established to improve population health outcomes have the added benefit of enhancing community/public health nursing curriculum through student exposure to the values, ideas and innovation of the partnership.
Research Grants (1)
Theresa Santmann Patnode Grant
Farmingdale State College
Grant awarded to support doctoral research using a one group pre/post design and an analysis of existing data to determine the efficacy of Open Airways for Schools (OAS) in improving asthma self-management skills and self-knowledge in children with asthma residing in high needs communities. This multi-site research took place between September 2013 - December 2015 in over seven public school districts, 23 elementary schools, utilizing 86 student nurses as OAS facilitators from three different nursing programs across Long Island.
Foundations of Nursing II
In Foundations of Nursing II students will continues to build on ideas introduced in Foundations of Nursing I in order to establish their identity with the nursing profession. The profession of nursing will be explored from a variety of viewpoints. Concepts of professionalism; roles, and attributes needed to practice nursing competently will be explored. A personal philosophy of nursing and nursing practice will be developed.
Community and Mental Health Nursing
The course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community working with individuals, families, aggregates, and high risk populations in community settings such as: clinics, home care, schools, and hospice. This course includes caring for individuals across the lifespan based upon the recognition of their physical, psychological, social, and cultural needs. Evidence-based nursing research concepts are incorporated as a basis for community and public health nursing practice. Mental health and illness concepts focus on populations that exhibit maladaptive patterns. Specific patterns included are anxiety, addictive disorders, post traumatic stress, and depression. Resources within the global community mental health system are identified.
Care of Individuals in the Community
The course focuses on the role of the nurse in the community. Topics include health-illness prevention, epidemiology, environmental health issues, culture influences and levels of prevention. Community based needs of specific client populations will be examined. Clinical activities will be included in a variety of settings. This course is for RN Completion students.
Nursing Practicum: Special Topics
This course will allow the senior nursing student, under direct supervision of an experienced clinician, to integrate and apply knowledge from all previous courses to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of multiple patients in an area of special interest. A one hour weekly dialogue and reflection will allow students to synthesize and further construct the knowledge and understanding needed to function effectively in today's healthcare environment. Additional opportunities in clinical practice as well as the identification of a healthcare management problem will be the core content of this course.
Senior Leadership Practicum
This 5 credit clinical preceptor course will provide a capstone leadership experience for licensed registered nurses enrolled in our Baccalaureate Completion track in Nursing. Students will spend a total of 120 hours working side by side an experienced clinician functioning in a leadership role. Students will identify an area of interest and appropriate goals and objectives for the learning experience. The course will connect theory to practice allowing students to make the connection between the concepts of nurse as change agents and nursing leadership. The course will include one hour of dialogue and reflection weekly