Robert “Joe” Degitz

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Burgess Hall 409
(309) 677-2571

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


R. Joe Degitz teaches senior medical-surgical nursing theory, senior critical-care clinical, junior pharmacology course and safety & emergency care, a 300 level health elective.  He has developed a unique and effective teaching approach combining scenario based skills labs and simulation with lecture.  Professor Degitz also enjoys creating digital multimedia to deliver lectures and other learning modules via the internet. 

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.


  • Effects of Unit Culture on Nurses Activation of Rapid Response Teams
  • Political Astuteness of Nurses
  • Evidence Based Practices to Prevent Blood Stream Infections
  • Evidence Based Practices to Prevent Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia