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Aurelia Macabasco-O'Connell, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FA

Associate Professor
Phone: (626) 815-6309
Email: amacabascooconnell@apu.edu
My overall research focus has encompassed the interdisciplinary care and outcomes of low-income, uninsured, minority, heart failure patients. Heart failure (HF) continues to be a major and ongoing public health problem that appears to affect minority groups in a disproportionate way. It also continues to be the leading cause of hospitalizations and increasing costs with prevalence rates being higher in minorities, specifically Hispanics. This increasing problem in minorities is also accompanied by multiple, complex psychosocial and financial burdens. Thus, my research focus has included the impact of literacy on HF self-management behaviors, disease management, various psychosocial variables (e.g. depression, self-efficacy, social support, and quality of life), the validation of new methods for screening for HF using biomarkers and echocardiography, and most recently, the use of wireless technology as a method to enhance HF self-management in the home in those with limited literacy.

Education

  • PhD in Physiological Nursing, UC San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA - 2004
  • MSN, Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, specialty as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Cleveland, OH - 1996
  • BSN, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA - 1994

Credentials/Certifications

  • Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) Certification Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1995
  • Board Certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing
  • Center (ANCC), 1997
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number California Board of Nursing

Department

School of Nursing

  • Doctoral Programs

Expertise

  • Acute Care
  • Health Literacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Population Health
  • Research - Cardiovascular Disease

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 716 - Translational Research
  • GNRS 735 - Translational Research Project Sem
  • GNRS 798 - Independent Study