With more than 41 years in the nursing profession, Dr. 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 and academic coordinator 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 (7)
Work with Vulnerable Populations
Industry Expertise (5)
Health and Wellness
Health Care - Facilities
Health Care - Providers
Health Care - Services
Power 30 in Healthcare [Long Island Business News] (professional)
One of 30 recipients of the Power 30 in Healthcare September 2020 issue (p. 21) of the LI Business News. Access URL:https://libn.com/2020/09/24/power-30/
2020 Exemplary Academic-Practice Award [American Association of Colleges of Nursing] (professional)
This annual award recognizes AACN member institutions involved in highly productive and model academic-practice partnerships that demonstrates an innovative and sustained relationship that extends beyond clinical placements. To see full application: https://www.aacnnursing.org/Academic-Practice-Partnerships/Exemplary-Academic-Practice-Partnership-Award-Winners-and-Exemplars/Past-Award-Winners
Director's Award for the Outstanding DNP Graduate (professional)
Case Western Reserve University, Director's Award for the Outstanding DNP Graduate, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
2018 Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Award Nominee (professional)
Recognized as one of the 2018 Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse of Excellence Award Nominees
2018 HDP RIG Awardee (professional)
Featured in the Inaugural Publication of the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Health of Diverse Populations (HDP) Research Interest Group (RIG): 2018 HDP RIG Awardees.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Award (professional)
Midwest Nursing Research Society's Doctor of Nursing Practice Award for the Research Interest Group, Health of Diverse Populations (Presented at the Midwest Nursing Research Society's 42nd Annual Conference)
Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma Using a Multi-Site Academic-Practice Partnership. (professional)
Refereed Poster Presentation, 1st Place Winner
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
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY: DNP, Educational Leadership 2017
COLLEGE OF MT. SAINT VINCENT: Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing Education, Nursing 2010
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: MS, Nursing 1991
Specialty track: Oncology
ADELPHI UNIVERSITY: BS, Nursing 1978
- American Public Health Association
- Association of Community Health Nurse Educators
- Asthma Coalition of Long Island, Steering Committee
- Long Island Population Health Improvement Program, part of the Long Island Health Collaborative
- Oncology Nursing Society Long Island-Queens Chapter
- Oncology Nursing Society
- Professional Nurses Association of Suffolk County
- The Long Island Health Collaborative
Event Appearances (15)
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: 2020 Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award Virtual
Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma Using a Multi-Site Academic-Practice Partnership.
NYS Public Health Webinar Series
Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma: Leveraging Resources Using A Multi-Site Academic-Practice Partnership
Association for Community Health Nurse Educators, 40th Annual Institute
Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap Using a Multi-Site Academic Practice Partnership
New York State Department of Health webinar New York State Department of Health webinar
Asthma 102: Getting Beyond the Basics
Suffolk County Association of School Nurses meeting Suffolk County Association of School Nurses
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
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’s Annual Conference and Event Denver, CO
An Innovative Approach to Inter-professional Collaboration Utilizing a Three Way Academic Service Partnership
Third Annual Professional Educational Conference Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY
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
- Workshop Leader
Media Appearances (3)
Authorization of I.R. 1318 - A local law to require any store with a pharmacy to post notices about asthma inhalers in Suffolk County
Suffolk County Legislature print
Press conference held for Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland on new authorization of I.R. 1318. Spoke briefly supporting new law and its positive impact on high needs communities.
Hometown Hero - Farmingdale State Professor Bringing Health Care to Children with Asthma
LI Business News print
Nomination accepted for LI Hometown Hero for February 2019.
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.
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 (2)
Theresa Santmann Patnode Grant
Farmingdale State College $5000.00
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.
Performance Improvement Fund
Farmingdale State College $2500.00
Grant to create an online public health course for RN to BS completion students that highlights progressive public health and population health concepts.
Director, American Lung Association Health Promotions
Claudia Guglielmo, Anne Little and Alexandra Kranidis Asthma Coalition of Long Island
Partnership with Asthma Coalition of Long Island over the past 10 years has afforded opportunity to address disparate emergency department visits and hospitalizations for children with asthma living in high-needs communities across Long Island. The partnership model expanding to professors from Molloy College, St. Josephs College, Stony Brook has recently been replicated in upstate New York.
Published Articles (4)
Let's Take Control of Asthma: An Effective Asthma Management Education Tool for Caregivers of Children with AsthmaThe Journal of The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State
Wruck, M., Diamond-Caravella, M., Guglielmo, C., Little, A., Tenzin, T.
BACKGROUND: Effective asthma education and health literacy are essential components for pediatric asthma control. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel, no-literacy (pictures-only) asthma education flipchart tool on caregivers’ understanding of asthma. METHODS: Caregivers of 53 participant children were educated using a no-literacy Let’s Take Control of Asthma flipchart. An American Lung Association’s asthma assessment instrument was adapted to assess caregiver asthma understanding pre/post education. Respondents completed Asthma Control Tests (ACT) and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO/NIOX) measurements. RESULTS: Paired t-test analyses revealed statistically significant improvement in caregiver asthma understanding and ACT scores (p < 0.01) following a no-literacy flipchart educational intervention. Preand-post intervention FeNO/NIOX measurements demonstrated a statistically significant decrease (p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: A no-literacy (picture-only) flipchart for children and caregivers is an effective tool to improve asthma understanding and asthma control.
Education, Communication: Public Health’s COVID-19 Defense ToolsThe Dahill Dose
Janine Logan, Editor
Dr. Monica Diamond-Caravella, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator, Farmingdale State College, Department of Nursing, says public health nurses and health communicators understand the root causes of structural inequities, and they are adept at addressing them.
When reach exceeds touch: Student experiences in a cross-sector community-based academic-practice partnershipPublic Health Nursing
Janssen Breen, L., Diamond-Caravella, M., Moore, G., Wruck, M., Guglielmo, C., Little, A. Tedeschi, P., Zacharia, M. & Cataletto, M.
Formal qualitative study exploring nursing student perceptions of their clinical experiences teaching asthma self-management education within a regional cross-sector, community-based, multi-site academic-practice partnership. Findings suggest that the context of a thriving community-based academic-practice partnership, established to improve population health outcomes, offered unique clinical learning opportunities for students through exposure to the value, ideas and innovation of the partnership itself.
Service-Learning IIIn Smith, M.J., Carpenter, R., & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2015). Encyclopedia of Nursing Education. New York: Springer Publishing [online]
Diamond-Caravella, M. and Quinn-Griffin, M.
Chapter in an Encyclopedia of Nursing Education on the concept of service-learning in clinical nursing education. DOI: 10.1891/9780826153630.0146 ISBN: 978-0-8261-5363-0
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.
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Senior Leadership Practicum
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Simulation Connect Lab: Clinical and Theoretical Foundations of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
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Health Care Organization
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