Marysol Cacciata, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

University of California-Irvine PhD

I am in my first year of PhD Nursing Science program at the University of California, Irvine. My research interest is on the physiological and psychological effects of exergaming among adult patients with heart failure. I have a Master of Science in Nursing, Leadership concentration and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Currently, I am the nursing research coordinator of a community hospital. In collaboration with a PhD prepared nurse researcher academic partnership, I lead and coordinate all nursing hospital research studies and have provided guidance to nurses with their research projects. Additionally, I have conducted research myself serving as the primary and co-investigator. I have collaborated with other nurse researchers locally and nationally that resulted in multi-site research studies. My hospital of employment recently received ANCC Magnet designation and I was instrumental in the research component of the Magnet requirement. My clinical background is in Critical Care nursing and I was the critical care educator prior to my current role. I belong to numerous national nursing organizations including the American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN) and have been very active in the local AACN chapter that includes holding a position of past president and currently board of director. I also serve as a preceptor and mentor to student nurses pursuing their bachelor’s and master’s degree. I am the recipient of the AACN Appreciation Award for contribution and support to professional organization and the California State University, Fullerton Appreciation Award for contribution to nursing education.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Cardiac Disease/Stroke
Dissertation: The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Exergaming among Adult Heart Failure Patients

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