Pamela B. DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN, CNL

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Fellow, UVa Center for Design and Health

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office:   McLeod 5011
Phone:   (434) 243-3964
Email:   deguzman@virginia.edu
Fax:   (434) 243-3969
After several years as a bedside nurse, I determined to earn my MBA with a notion to become a hospital CEO. I soon realized that even healthcare administrators have limited ability to make meaningful, powerful, lasting changes due to our complex system – and that I would be much better suited developing research to influence the delivery of healthcare through policy.

Today, after earning my PhD in nursing, I’m doing what I do best: Empowering students to understand the healthcare environment, influence it and create systems that make changes that benefit our patients. Through my courses, students are taught the nuts and bolts of leadership, management and finance, and exposed to communication and management strategies and theory – and hopefully come away stronger, more confident, and better clinicians, researchers and colleagues. As director of research at Martha Jefferson Hospital, I help RNs there understand how to change policy through evidence-based study. As a researcher on topics related to public health, nursing history, and the effects of geography on the health of vulnerable populations, I use my skills to create systems for caregivers to affect change.

And I love what I do.

A former hospital administrator and a quintuple `Hoo, assistant prof. Pam DeGuzman is passionate about teaching nursing students the leadership, business and communication skills they need to change the way patients are treated through health systems theory and public health systems research. 

Research Focus

The effect the geography has on the health of vulnerable populations in both rural and inner cities; healthcare management; public health systems; nursing history.

Clinical Focus

Public health

Teaching Focus

Healthcare management, leadership, administration, communication and healthcare systems. I teach both undergraduates in REAL and CNL master’s students courses on business skills, negotiation and leadership. I am among the core faculty in the new SON-Darden Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management program for RN-MD pairs.

Publications

Journal Articles

DeGuzman, P.B., Cohn, W.F., Camacho, F., Edwards, B.L., Sturz, V.N., Schroen, A.T., (2017). Impact of Urban Neighborhood Disadvantage on Late Stage Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Virginia. Journal of Urban Health, 94(2), 199-210. doi:10.1007/s11524-017-0142-5

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, EM., DeGuzman, P., Stoler, M., Kennedy, C. (2017). Legislative activity related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the United States (2006-2015): A cry for evidence-based policy. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 10, 29-32. doi:10.2147/rmhp.s128247

Deguzman, P., & Schminkey, D. (2016). Influencing cancer outcomes through genomic change via upstream interventions for neighborhood-associated toxic stress in the United States: A research framework. Public Health Nursing, 33(6), 547-557. doi:10.1111/phn.12290

DeGuzman, P. B., & Mitchell, E. M. (2016). Public health nurses in cancer care: Broadening the intersection. Public Health Nursing, 33(6), 481-482. doi:10.1111/phn.12296

Goode, V., Phillips, E., DeGuzman, P., Hinton, I., Rovnyak, V., Scully, K., & Merwin, E. (2016). A patient safety dilemma: Obesity in the surgical patient. AANA Journal, 84(6), 404-412.

Deinlein, A. D., & DeGuzman, P. B. (2016). Forced air warmers: Policies for safe use. Nursing Management, 47(7), 15-17. doi:10.1097/01.numa.0000484482.59972.53

DeGuzman, P. B. & Schminkey, D. L. (2016). Influencing genomic change and cancer disparities through neighborhood chronic toxic stress exposure: A research framework. Public Health Nursing, 33(6), 547-557. doi:10.1111/phn.12290

Fickley, S. K., Mishler, R. R., Black, A. S., & DeGuzman, P. B. (2016). Philanthropic donor perspectives on supporting nursing excellence in a community hospital. Journal of Nursing Administration, 46(11), 599-604.

DeGuzman, PB., Sherman, J., Sheffield, C., Hauser, L., Keim-Malpass, J. (2015). Understanding gaps in patient navigation for rural cancer survivors. Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship, 6(5), 34-40.

Milbrath, G. R., & DeGuzman, P. B. (2015). Neighborhood: A conceptual analysis. Public Health Nursing, 32(4), 349-358. doi:10.1111/phn.12197

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E.M., Blackhall, L., & DeGuzman, P.B. (2015). Evaluating stakeholder-identified barriers in accessing palliative care at an NCI-designated cancer center with a rural catchment area. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18(7), 634-7. doi:10.1089/jpm.2015.0032

DeGuzman, P. B., & Wayner, C. A. (2014). Nursing and organizational barriers to daily interruption of sedation in US hospitals: A thematic review of the literature. Clinical Nursing Studies, 3(1), p-55.

DeGuzman, P. B., Schminkey, D. L., & Koyen, E. A. (2014). "Civil unrest does not stop ovulation": Women's prenatal and family planning services in a 1960s Detroit neighborhood clinic. Family & Community Health, 37(3), 199-211. doi:10.1097/fch.0000000000000034

Goodson, A. S., DeGuzman, P. B., Honeycutt, A., Summy, C., & Manly, F. (2014). Total Joint Replacement Discharge Brunch: Meeting Patient Education Needs and a Hospital Initiative of Discharge by Noon. Orthopaedic Nursing, 33(3), 159-162.

Winslow, S., DeGuzman, P., & Kulbok, P. A. (2014). Nurses' self-efficacy and academic degree advancement. Journal for Nurses Professional Development, 30(3), 110-116. doi:10.1097/nnd.0000000000000038

DeGuzman, P.B., Merwin, E., and Bourguignon, C. (2013). Population density, distance to public transportation, and health of women in low-income neighborhoods. Public Health Nursing, 30(6), 478-490.

Ascoli, G.B., DeGuzman, P.B., and Rowlands, A. (2012). Peripheral intravenous catheter complication rates between those indwelling > 96 hours to those indwelling 72–96 hours: A retrospective correlational study. International Journal of Nursing, 1(2), 7-12.

DeGuzman, P.B., & Kulbok, P.A. (2012). Changing health outcomes of vulnerable populations through nursing's influence on neighborhood built environment: A framework for nursing research. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44(4), 34-348. doi:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01470.x

DeGuzman, P.B., Akosah, K.O., Simpson, A.G., Barbieri, K.E., Megginson, G.C., Goldberg, R.I., & Beller, G.A. (2012). Sub-optimal achievement of guideline-derived lipid goals in management of diabetic patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, despite high use of evidence-based therapies. Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research, 9(2), 138-145.

DeGuzman, P.B., & Keeling, A.W. (2012). Addressing disparities in access to care: Lessons from the Kercheval Street clinic in the 1960s. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 12(4), 199-207. doi:10.1177/1527154411429864

Simpson, A.G., DeGuzman, P.B., Barbieri, K.E., Parks, C.M., Megginson, G.C., & Viette, C.R. (2008). Implementation of an electronic health record with an embedded quality improvement program to improve the longitudinal care of outpatients with coronary artery disease. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 15(7), 338-343.

DeGuzman, P.B., & McCaskill, C. (2008). Evaluating peripheral IV guidelines for the outpatient setting. AAACN ViewPoint, 30(4), 4-5.

DeGuzman, P. (2008). Legislated nurse staffing ratios: What you need to know. Virginia Nurses Today, 16(1), 3.

Newspaper Editorials

DeGuzman, P., Keeling, A. (2014, Aug. 31). What Detroit had that Ferguson needs [Editorial]. The Daily Progress, p. B1.