Marilu Piotrowski, Ph.D., MSN, RN

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
Eastside - 263

Hometown: Aliquippa, PA


Nursing education. Leadership development. Resilience. Self-directed and autonomous learning as 21st century skills, and sustainability through lifelong learning.


Spending time with family, pets, and travel. Working on crafts, gardening, and home improvement.


Dr. Piotrowski has over thirty years of experience as a registered nurse, faculty member, and administrative director for a school of nursing within an integrated healthcare system. Her work has been devoted to fostering healthcare worker and mid-level leader development for optimal patient outcomes. She has designed and taught a variety of teaching/learning strategies in Medical Surgical, Fundamentals, and Leadership courses with clinical application in acute-care, long-term, and community settings.

  • Ph.D., Robert Morris University
  • MSN, Duquesne University
  • BSN, Duquesne University
  • Cameo of Caring Nurse Educator Award, November 2022
  • Robert Morris University Research Award, Dean’s Fund, 2016
  • University of Pittsburgh MBA Essentials Team Award, best business performance, 2007
  • Sigma Theta Tau Award of Excellence, 1992
  • Duquesne University Epsilon Phi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau Research Award, 1991
  • International Society for Self-Directed Learning
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
  • National League of Nursing
  • Duquesne University Alumni Association
  • Robert Morris University Alumni Association
  • External Reviewer for first PhD in Nursing candidate at the University of West Indies, Mona, 2020.
  • External Expert and member, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret’s Hospital Evidence-Based Practice/Research Council.
  • Advisory Board member, Parkway West CTC, Health Occupations Technology Program.
  • Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Heritage Valley Health System, 2007.
  • Simmons, K., Piotrowski, M., Kweeder, S., Lightcap, A., & Brown, L. (2022).  Implementation of a Multimodal Interdisciplinary Massive Transfusion Protocol Educational Bundle Improves Knowledge and Self-Efficacy.  Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 38(3), 398-403.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2022.08.006 
  • Singh, A., Spadaro, K., Piotrowski, M., Fisher, M.D., Walter, L., & Doas, M. (2021).  Exploring student perceptions of a virtual practicum.  Journal of Nursing Education, 60(9), 513-516.
    DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20210708-05 
  • Hopkins, E., Wasco, J., Walter, L., Spadaro, K., Fisher, M.D., & Piotrowski, M. (2021). Crisis Response to COVID-19: Transitioning to a Virtual DNP Residency. Journal of Nursing Practice and Education, 11(3), 36-40.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2020). Relationship of self-directed learning and resilience in healthcare middle managers.  International Journal of Self-Directed Learning, 17(1), 19-38.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2015). Chapter 7 “Course Preparation” (pp. 46-51) and Chapter 22 “Legal Considerations for New Faculty” (pp. 142-149) in Teaching in Higher Education: Becoming College Faculty.  PA: RMU University Press.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2023, May 19). Invited presentation Sewickley Valley Hospital School of Nursing.  "Remembering Nursing." Edgeworth Club Ballroom, Sewickley, PA.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2022). New Competency-Based Essentials for Nursing Education Accreditation and Faculty Self-Direction. Podium presentation at International Self-directed Learning Symposium (ISSDL), Cocoa Beach, FL February 10, 2022.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2020). Sparking Timely Communication for Learning Innovation in Online Doctoral Nursing Students. Podium presentation, OLC Accelerate 2020 conference in Orlando, FL.  November 16, 2020.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2020). Application of EBP as a healthcare professional: Importance of inquiry and collaboration for best practice. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Remote Area Medical (RAM) pre-med organization. Invited Guest Presentation (via Zoom) September 14, 2020.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2020). Hello! Engaging Autonomous Learners in Online DNP Program Courses (March 27, 2020). Podium presentation. Sigma/NLN’s Nursing Education Research Conference, Washington, DC (Conference canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak)
  • Piotrowski, M. (2020). Professional Career Transitions: Importance of Self-Directed Learning. Podium presentation, at International Self-directed Learning Symposium (ISSDL), Cocoa Beach, FL February 7, 2020.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2019). Getting Started with Quality Improvement Projects: Reflections and Tips.  Podium presentation, Hot Topics in Nursing Conference. UPMC St. Margaret’s, Pittsburgh, PA. December 2, 2019.
  • Piotrowski, M. & Robb, M. (2019). Resilience and Autonomous Learning: Potential Opportunities for Development in Current and Future Health Leaders. Podium presentation, UPMC St. Margaret’s 14th Annual Clinical Research Forum. Nursing Excellence: Innovation through Research and Evidence-Based Practice.  Pittsburgh, PA  (May 24, 2019).
  • Invited presentation from Sewickley Historical Society for Nurse’s Day. Historical reflections on Sewickley School of Nursing. Sweetwater Building, Sewickley, PA. May 6, 2019 (afternoon and evening presentations).
  • Invited presentation by Portage Learning at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA regarding historical development of NursingABC for prelicensure nursing programs in Western Pennsylvania. Professional videotaping January 10, 2019.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2018) Chatham University, MSN International Cohort, Invited Guest Lecturer. “Leadership and Motivation”. Pittsburgh, PA  June, 2018.
  • Piotrowski, M. (2018). “Resilience and Autonomous Learning in Mid-level Healthcare: Implications for Doctoral Nursing Education”. Poster presentation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Naples, FL  January, 2018. 
  • Piotrowski, M. "Self-Directedness and Resilience in Mid-level Healthcare Leaders." Podium presentation, 31st International Self-Directed Learning Symposium (Cocoa Beach, FL), February, 2017.