Nursing Department Faculty


Mary C. DiBartolo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, CNE

Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing                                                                             Edmond J. Safra Nursing Faculty Scholar in Parkinson's Disease

Office: Devilbiss Hall – Office # 208
Telephone: 410-543-6403                                                                                                                     Email:

Professor of Nursing                                                                                                                     Appointment Year:  1997

 Positions Held

  • Salisbury University Department of Nursing:  Professor (2012-present)
  • SU:  Associate Professor (2005-2011)
  • SU ~ Assistant Professor (2001-2005)
  • SU ~ Instructor/Tenure Track (1997-2001)
  • SU ~ Instructor/Contractual (1995-1997)
  • Assistant Administrator ~ William Hill Manor Retirement Community, Easton, MD  (1990-1993)
  • Director of Nursing ~ Arcadia Nursing Home, Nelsonia, VA  (1988-1990)

Faculty Member/Nurse Educator, The Integrace Institute at Copper Ridge (March, 2010-present).  Responsible for dementia care education/training to various facilities/organizations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Host, Focus on Health, (2002-present) A series of educational programs highlighting current health issues sponsored by the SU Department of Nursing which air on Salisbury University's public access channel, PAC 14 for the residents of Wicomico County.  Over 240 programs have been produced to date, including such topics as:  heart disease, melanoma, food safety, stroke, prostate cancer, adolescent health, sexually-transmitted infections, advance directives, medication management, lung disease, osteoporosis, reading nutrition labels, vaccinations, as well as cooking for health segments.  Surgical procedures include total hip and knee replacements, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, coronary artery bypass graft, DaVinci robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, LASIK, and cataract removal. 
          *For more information and programming schedule, visit the PAC14 website @

Institutions Attended
2001:   PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing
1987:   MBA, Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University
1981:   BSN, Towson State University

Memberships & Certifications

Gerontological Society of America                                                                                                                       Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Lambda Eta Chapter                                             American Nurses Association

Gerontological Nurse Certification ~ American Nurses Credentialing Center (January, 1991-present)    Certified Nurse Educator ~ National League for Nursing (September, 2012-present)   

Awards & Honors                                                                                                                                   Distinguished Faculty Award, Salisbury University (August, 2016)                                            Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing, Salisbury University (January, 2016)                    Lucy Tull Distinguished Nursing Faculty Award (2014)

Courses Taught
Adult Health I  & II (Medical-Surgical Nursing)  Theory & Clinical
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
Nursing Research (undergraduate & on-line/RN students)                                                                          Issues in Aging (HONORS course/undergraduate seminar)                                                                                 Readings in Health Care (1 credit elective online)
Nurse Extern Course (summer offering/elective)                                                                                             Health Care Management (graduate course required for DNP program)

Department/University Activities                                                                                                 
Member, Graduate Program Committee (2015-present)                                                             Member/Chair, Faculty Policies Committee (Fall, 2014-present)                                                               Member, University Promotions Committee (Fall, 2016-Spring, 2017)

Member +/or Chair, Student Policies Committee (1995-2015)

Professional Activities
Review Panel/Editorial Advisory Board ~ Journal of Gerontological Nursing (1998-present)
Review Panel ~ Journal of Professional Nursing (2014-present); Nurse Educator (2010-present); Research in Nursing & Health (2003-present); Western Journal of Nursing Research (2005-present)

Completed Edmond J. Safra Nursing Faculty Fellowship Program in Parkinson's Disease (Summer, 2015)

Areas of Interest
Adult Health, Gerontology                                                                                                                          Alzheimer's disease/dementia care, caregiving issues
Parkinson's disease/care                                                                                                                                  End-of-Life care/issues
Predictors of NCLEX success


DiBartolo, M. C. (in press). Enhancing care for the hospitalized patient with Parkinson's disease: Development of a formal educational program for nursing staff.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Jarosinski, J. (2017). Alcohol use disorder in older adults: Challenges in assessment and treatment.  Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38, 25-32.

DiBartolo, M. C. (2016). Comorbidities matter: A call to improve care for hospitalized patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease [Guest Editorial]. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(2), 4-5.

Allen, K. D., DiBartolo, M. C., Welsh, D. L., & Brown, V. (2015). Design of a medical triage evidence-based clincial management protocol and implementation of a medical triage online training for use by Mission of Mercy volunteers. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 32, 218-230.

Kram, S.L., DiBartolo, M. C., Hinderer, K., & Jones, R. A. (2015). Implementation of the ABCDE bundle to improve patient outcomes in the intensive care unit in a rural community hospital.  Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 34(5), 250-258.

Hinderer, K. A., DiBartolo, M. C., & Walsh, C. M. (2014). HESI admission assessment (A2) exam, program      progression, and NCLEX-RN success in baccalaureate nursing: An exploratory study of dependable academic indicators of success. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(5), 436-442.

Webster, D., & DiBartolo, M. C. (2014). Using a standardized patient learning activity to teach                      baccalaureate nursing students about dementia care. Nurse Educator, 39(3), 103-104.

DiBartolo, M. C., Vozzella, S., & Rebert, A. (2013). The Club Concept: Targeting behavioral issues in a   residential setting for cognitively impaired adults.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(10), 46-52.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Seldomridge, L. A. (2013). Creating a new view of aging. Nurse Educator, 38(6). 237-238.

DiBartolo, M. C., Salimian, F., Kotteman, J. E., & DiBartolo, G. R. (2012). Engaging baccalaureate students              in statistics. Nurse Educator, 37(4), 145-146.

Jeffers, L. A., & DiBartolo, M. C. (2011). Raising health care provider awareness of sexually transmitted disease in patients over fifty. MedSurg Nursing, 20(6), 285-290.

Cottingham, S., DiBartolo, M. C., Battistoni, S., & Brown, T. (2011). Partners in Nursing: A mentoring initiative to enhance nurse retention.  Nursing Education Perspectives, 32(4), 250-255.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Seldomridge, L. A. (2010). From community ourtreach to reaching students: Integrating community health education programs into nursing curricula.  Nurse Educator, 35(3), 114-117.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Walsh, C. M. (2010). Desperate times call for desperate measures: Where are we in addressing academic dishonesty? [Guest editorial]. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(1), 543-544.

DiBartolo, M. C. & Seldomridge, L. A. (2008).  Cinemaeducation: Teaching end-of-life issues using feature films. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(8), 30-36.

DiBartolo, M. C. (2008). The demographic tidal wave: Are we ready?  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34(4), 3-4.

Seldomridge, L. A., & DiBartolo, M. C. (2007). The changing face of accelerated second bachelor’s degree students. Nurse Educator, 32(6), 240-245.

DiBartolo, M. C.  (2006). Careful hand feeding: A reasonable alternative to PEG tube placement in persons   with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32(5), 25-33.

DiBartolo, M. C. (2006).  Respect and dignity: Enduring concepts, enduring challenges. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 32(5), 12.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Seldomridge, L. A. (2005). A review of intervention studies to promote NCLEX-RN success of baccalaureate graduates. Nurse Educator, 30(4), 166-171.

Seldomridge, L. A., & DiBartolo, M. C. (2004). Can success (or failure) be predicted for baccalaureate graduates   on the computerized NCLEX-RN? Journal of Professional Nursing 20(6), 361-368.

DiBartolo, M. C., & Soeken, K. L. (2003). Appraisal, coping, hardiness, and self-perceived health in community-dwelling spouse caregivers of persons with dementia.  Research in Nursing & Health, 26, 445-458.

DiBartolo, M. C. & McCrone, S. (2003).  Recruitment of rural community-dwelling older adults: Barriers, challenges, and strategies.  Aging & Mental Health, 7,(2), 75-82. 

DiBartolo, M. C.  (2002).  On her own terms. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 28, 55-56. 

DiBartolo, M. C. (2002).  Exploring self-efficacy and hardiness in spousal caregivers of persons with dementia.  Journal of Gerontological  Nursing, 27, 24-33. 

DiBartolo, M. C.  (2001).  Appraisal, coping, hardiness, and self-perceived health in spouse home caregivers of persons with dementia.  Dissertation Abstracts International, (UMI No. 3007938).

DiBartolo, M. C. (2000). Caregiver burden: Instruments, challenges and nursing implications for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 26, 46-53.

DiBartolo, M. C.  (1998). Philosophy of science in doctoral nursing education revisited. Journal of Professional Nursing, 14, 350-360.

Selected Presentations

September 24-26, 2016:  Poster presentation:  World Parkinson's Conference, Portland, OR.          Enhancing care for the hospitalized patient with Parkinson's disease: Development of a formal educational program for nursing staff.

September 24-26, 2016:  Poster presentation (with D. Klima/UMES):  World Parkinson's Conference, Portland, OR.  The LSVT-BIG intervention in clients with Parkinson's disease: A systematic review.

November 5-8, 2014:  Poster presentation:  Gerontological Society of American's Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC. Physical Performance & Balance Confidence Among Nonagenarians (with Dennis Klima, UMES)

July 14-16, 2014:  Poster presentation:  Annual Alzheimer's International Conference, Copenhagen              Using a Standardized Patient Experience to Teach Communication Skills in Dementia Care

July 16-17, 2012:  Poster presentation:  Annual Alzheimer’s International Conference, Vancouver, BC.  Using the Club Concept to Target Behavioral Issues in a Residential Setting for the Cognitively Impaired        (with S. Vozzella & A. Rebert)

June 22-23, 2010:  Drexel University Nursing Education Institute (with Dr. Lisa Seldomridge)
Cinemaeducation: Using Feature Films to Teach End-of-Life Issues (Poster)
Focus on Health: Using a Nursing Faculty-Hosted Public Access Television Series as an Educational Strategy (Poster)

March 10-12, 2010:  University of Maryland School of Nursing Institute for Educators
Addressing Academic Incivility in Nursing Education (Poster-with Dr. Debra Webster)
Focus on health: Using a Nursing Faculty-Hosted Public Access television Series as an           Educational Strategy (Poster with Dr. Lisa Seldomridge)

June 4-7, 2009:  Drexel University Nursing Education Institute (with Dr. Lisa Seldomridge) 
Clickers in the Classroom: Thinking Out Loud Without the Risk (Podium), Arlington, VA

June 26-29, 2008:  Drexel University Nursing Education Institute (with Dr. Lisa Seldomridge)             Clickers in the Classroom: Thinking Out Loud Without the Risk (Poster), Atlantic City, NJ

Selected Service Activities

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing, Lambda Eta Chapter                                                                   Scholarship Committee Chair  (1999-2013)                                                                                    Counselor/Eligibility Committee (2000-2013)
MAC Incorporated, St. Paddy's Day Race Committee Member (2007-present)                                                                                

Updated 2/17