Robert “Joe” Degitz

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Burgess Hall 409
(309) 677-2571
rdegitz@bradley.edu

M.S.N. from Bradley University
B.S.N. from Bradley University
Diploma, Nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing

Biography

R. Joe Degitz teaches medical-surgical nursing theory, critical-care clinical, and pharmacology. Each spring he also teaches safety & emergency care, a 300 level health elective where students of any major learn life saving first aid and CPR skills.  He has developed a unique and effective teaching approach combining scenario based skills labs and simulation with lecture. 

Professor Degitz’s experience in the field of nursing has been diverse.  He has worked in various staff and management positions in critical care, long-term care, EMS, and outpatient wound care environments.  Most recently Professor Degitz was the clinical educator in the surgical ICU at a regional level 1 trauma center.

Scholarship

Publications

Stapleton, S. J., Degitz, R.J. (In Press). Investigating Discharged ED Patients’ Pain Management Experience: A Pilot-Study. International Emergency Nursing. doi.org/10.1016/j.ienj.2014.12.002.

Stapleton, S. J., & Degitz, R. J. (2014) An innovative data collection method for investigating unresolved pain following ED discharge: A pilot-study. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 14. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2014.02.001

Astroth, K. S., Woith, W. M., Stapleton, S. J., Degitz, R. J., & Jenkins, S. H. (2013). Qualitative exploration of nurses' decisions to activate rapid response teams. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(19/20), 2876-2882. doi:10.1111/jocn.12067.

Professional Presentations

International

Stapleton, S.J. Degitz, R. J. (2014). Investigating Discharged ED Patients’ Pain Management Experience: A Pilot-Study. 2014 Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. October 10, 2014. Research Poster Award

Stapleton, S.J. Degitz, R. J. (2014). Investigating Discharged ED Patients’ Pain Management Experience: A Pilot-Study. 2014 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) Washington, DC. September 18. 2014.

Stapleton, S. J. Degitz, R.J. (2013). Using touch-screen computer data-collection programs with discharged emergency department patients. 2013 Emergency Nurses Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

National

Degitz, R. J., & Fleming, T. (2014) Disinfection of intravenous access ports to decrease blood stream infections. Poster accepted for presentation at MNRS Annual Research Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2014.

Stapleton, S. L., & Degitz, R. J. (2014) Investigating Discharged ED Patients’ Pain Management Experience: A Pilot Study. Poster accepted for presentation at MNRS Annual Research Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2014.

Stapleton, S.J., Degitz, R.J. (2013). Investigating Discharged ED Patients’ Pain Management Experience: A Pilot Study. Midwest Nursing Research Society 2014 Annual Research Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Astroth, K, Woith, W., Stapleton, S., Jenkins, S., Degitz, R.J. Qualitative exploration of nurses’ decision-making in activating rapid response teams. Poster presented at MNRS Annual Research Conference, Dearborn, MI, April, 2012.

Local

Degitz, R. J. Sepsis: Harbinger of Death, Invited Lecture Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nursing Council, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL, March 2014

Degitz, R. J. Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology (EMT-P Course), Invited lecture, Fulton County EMA, Canton, IL, February, 2006 & August, 2011.

Degitz, R.J. Greasing the Synapses: Tools to Identify the Top 200 Prescribed Drugs, Bradley University, Peoria, IL, March, 2011.

Degitz, R.J. The Beat on the Street (Cardiac Assessment), Illinois State Ambulance Association Annual Conference, East Peoria, IL, September 2010.

Degitz, R.J. My Pulse Ox Says 99%, My Patient Couldn’t Be in Shock, HOI AACN Trauma Conference, East Peoria, IL, March, 2010.

Degitz, R.J. Coagulation Modifiers and Vasodilators in Critical Care Transports, Expanded Scope EMT-P Training, Fulton County EMA, Canton, IL, February, 2006 & August, 2011.

Degitz, R. J. A Novel treatment regime for the treatment of venous stasis wounds.  Poster presentation at Symposium on Advanced Wound Care, Las Vegas, NV, May, 2001.

Service

Department of Nursing Curriculum Committee, 2010 – Present, Chair 2011-Present

Sigma Theta Tau – Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, Counselor May 2011 – Present

Bradley University Faculty Senate, Senator, May 2011 – Present

Faculty representative to the Committee for Academic Technology Excellence, Feb. 2011 – Present

EHS Faculty Rep to Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) faculty Advisory Board, Fall 2014 - Present