Teaching Interests
Educational Background

School of Health and Human Services

School of Nursing

Darlene Finocchiaro
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Office: ST 406
Phone: 323 - 343-5663
FAX: 323-343-6454


Darlene Finocchiaro has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing since summer 2009. Previously she was a Lecturere at CSULA since 1990. Rehabilitation, Spirituality and Medical Surgical nursing are Darlene's area of expertise. Darlene was a staff nurse at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey CA for 10 years, caring mostly for Spinal Cord Injury patients. Darlene has written a chapter on Spirituality for Rehabilitation Nursing, by Shirley Hoeman, published in 2008.. Darlene is a co-author of the published textbook (1998) Rehabilitation Nursing Practice. This fulfilled her goal of publishing a textbook for students on rehabilitation nursing. Professional involvement includes serving as past Secretary-Treasurer and Regional Director for the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Past President / Board member of the Nursing Alumni Association at CSULA, and past President and Board member of the Nu Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing.  Darlene received the Educator Role Award from the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing in 2002. Most recently she was voted by the senior class "School of Nursing,Undergraduate Professor of the Year, 2011."   Darlene received her PhD in Nursing in May 2011 at the University of San Diego. Darlene has presented the results of her dissertation study, Spiritual well-being and Quality of Life among Persons with Paraplegia at several educational conferences.


 Darlene  re-developed the nursing elective course "Assessment and Care of the Patient's Spiritual needs", (N480),which is offered during the Winter or Spring quarters. Darlene strongly feels that addressing a patient's spiritual needs during an illness can greatly affect a patient's recovery and outcome. She hopes to take this further by conducting additional research, looking at the use of spiritual interventions with patients, post her PhD, possibly writing a book on spirituality and illness. Darlene would also like to do research in the areas of pain,incontinence and pressure ulcer incidence and management with the spinal cord injury population.

Representative Professional Activities:  Reviewer for Rehabilitation Nursing Journal for the previous seven years.  Darlene is also a parish nurse at her local church and a certified rehabilitation nurse. Currently she is the chair of the Education special interest group of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.




October 20, 2011




September 2011 and November 2011

Spirituality and Quality of Life for Paraplegics: Poster Presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing Research (WIN) Conference in Orange CA. April 2011

Spiritual Well-Being and Quality of Life for Persons with Paraplegia Paper Presenation at the Southern California Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Research Odessey

Spiritual Well-Being: Predictor of Quality of Life for Paraplegics; Speaker (Sept 2011) Los Angeles Orange County Association of Rehabiliation Nurses Fall Program in Tustin CA; and Paper Presentation (Nov 2011) in Las Vegas at the Annual Association of Rehabiliation Nurses Educational Conference.


2008 Spirituality. In Hoeman (Ed.) Rehabilitation Nursing: Concepts, Interventions and Outcomes.
Jan 1998 Chin, Finocchiaro and Rosebrough: Rehabilitation Nursing Practice
Sept 1990 Understanding Autonomic Dysreflexia, published in American Journal of Nursing.


PhD Nursing 2011 from the University of San Diego

Irene Palmer Scholarship Awardee


MS Nursing Education 1990
Cal State LA
Los Angeles CA

BSN Nursing Dec 1983
Cal State LA
Los Angeles CA

Winter 2012 SCHEDULE

CourseSect. No.TitleUnitsDay & TimeRoom
Nursing 224 1 Nursing Care of the Adult Patient II 3 Monday 4:20-7:10pm  SH C 165
Nursing 211 1 Intro to the Nursing Process Lab II: Skills lab and clinical 3 Wed 10-1pm and Thurs 7-1pm Skills lab SHC161 and at Rancho
Nursing 215   Introduction to Professional Nursing and Therapeutic Communication 1 Tuesdays 8:30-11:30am BS 244


Thursday 1-1:30pm at RANCHO
Wednesday 1-1:30PM SH C161or ST 406
Thursday 11:30-12:00pm ST 406

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