Darlene Finocchiaro

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College of Health & Human Services
School of Nursing
Office Location: ST 402
Phone: 323-343-5663 Email: [email protected]


Darlene Finocchiaro made tenure and has been an Associate Professor since 2015. Previously she was an Assistant Professor and Lecturere at CSULA since 1990.  She has been teaching at Cal State LA since 1990 and is currently the Associate Director and BSN Chair for the School of Nursing.  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/ current President 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 Spiritual Assessment and Needs for the Older Adult, which is now offered as an upper division GE course during the Fall semester. 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.





Finocchiaro, D.N. & Hook, J. (2015).  Enteral nutritional support of the critically ill older adult.  Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 38(3), 253-258. DOI: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000068.


Finocchiaro, DN (2016).  Supporting the patient’s spiritual needs at end of life.  Nursing 2016, 46 (5), 56-59.


Finocchiaro, D.N. & Hook, J. (2015). Enteral Nutritional Support of the Critically Ill older Adult. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly,38 (3), 253-258.


Finocchiaro, D.N. & Hook, J. (2015). Enteral Nutritional Support of the Critically Ill older Adult. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly,38 (3), 253-258.


Finocchiaro, D. N. (2011). Spiritual Well-Being and Quality of Life Among Persons with Paraplegia. ( Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation). University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.


              Finocchiaro, D. (2008).  Spirituality.  In S. Hoeman’s (Ed.) Rehabilitation nursing:

               Process, applications, and outcomes, 4th Ed. St Louis, MO: Mosby. 





PhD in Nursing 2011

  • University of San Diego
    San Diego, CA

MS in Nursing 1990

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA

BS in Nursing 1984

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA