Nursing Department Faculty


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

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

Fax: 410-548-3313                                                                              

Professor of Nursing                                                                                                                     Appointment Year:  1997

Positions Held

  • Salisbury University (SU) Department of Nursing:  Associate Professor (2005-present)
  • 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)

Core Faculty Member & Requard Nurse Educator, The Copper Ridge Institute (March, 2010-present)Responsible for dementia care education to 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 170 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, as well as, a special edition where Dr. Pasquale Petrera of Peninsula Orthopaedics Associates filmed a total knee replacement procedure in the operating room at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC). More recently, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, coronary artery bypass graft and DaVinci robotic prostatectomy procedures were filmed.
          *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

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Lambda Eta Chapter

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

Courses Taught
Adult Health I  & II (Medical-Surgical Nursing)  Theory & Clinical
    Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
    Nursing Research (undergraduate & on-line/RN students)
Nurse Extern Course (summer offering/elective)

Department/University Activities                                                                                                 
    Chair, Student Policies Committee
    Department Scholarship Coordinator
    Department of Nursing Representative to Henson & Lucy Tull Scholarship Committees

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

Areas of Interest
Adult Health, Gerontology
     Dementia, Caregiving issues
     End-of-Life care/issues
     Predictors of NCLEX success


DiBartolo, M. C., Salimian, F., Kitteman, 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 trasmitted 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).  Cinemeducation: 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), p. 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.

Recent Presentations


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.  

 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 Incivitily 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

 Service Activities

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

Updated 11/12