Biography

As an oncology clinical nurse specialist, Dr. DeGennaro has enjoyed collaboration with practice-setting colleagues to advance oncology nursing practice and optimize patient care outcomes. She partners with colleagues to develop practice sites for clinical learning opportunities and prepares faculty for roles as educators across programs.

With a BSN from Niagara University in New York, she has held positions in clinical practice settings, academia, management, administration, home health and hospice around the country. Her MSN and DNP degrees were focused on oncology nursing symptom management and completed at UVA. She provided oncology and palliative care nursing leadership at UVA Health prior to her academic position at the UVA School of Nursing in 2003.

Dr. DeGennaro teaches across programs and has developed two elective courses with colleagues and based on student feedback. One is a course in Oncology and End of Life Nursing, and the other addresses self-management and healthy responses to stress and is titled "Practicing Wisdom and Resilience."  Dr. DeGennaro serves as a national reviewer for the Oncology Nurses Association and as a regional reviewer for the Virginia Nurses Association. She is an active member and leader in the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Publications

Journal Articles

Akuamoah-Boateng, K. A, Wiencek, C., Esquivel, J. H., DeGennaro, G., Torres, B., & Whelan, J. F. (2019). RAMPED-UP: The development and testing of an interprofessional collaboration model. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 26(6), 281-289. doi:10.1097/JTN.0000000000000466

Blevins, C. & DeGennaro, R. (2018). Educational intervention to improve delirium recognition by nurses. American Journal of Critical Care, 27(4), 270-278. doi:10.4037/ajcc2018851

Harmon, R. B., DeGennaro, R., Norling, M., Kennedy, C., & Fontaine, D. K. (2018). Implementing healthy work environment standards in an academic workplace: An update. Journal of Professional Nursing, 34(1), 20-24. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.06.001

Mitchell, S.A., Hoffman, A.J., Clark, J.C., DeGennaro, R.M., Poirier, P., Robinson, C.B., & Weisbrod, B.L. (2014). Putting evidence into practice: An update of evidence-based interventions for cancer-related fatigue during and following treatmnet. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 18(s6), 38-58. doi:10.1188/14.cjon.s3.38-58

Advance Online Publications

Choi, M., & DeGennaro, R. (2020). Multimodal education program to improve nurses' knowledge and confidence on delirium recognition in a surgical-trauma intermediate-care setting. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. Advance online publication.

Book Sections

Barbero, E. D., DeGennaro, R. M., & Friberg, E. E. (2020). The wisdom of self-care, well-being, and resilience in nursing. In E. E. Friberg (Ed.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (7th ed.) (pp. 348-358). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Inc.

DeGennaro, R. M. (2020). Professional nursing roles. In E. E. Friberg (Ed.), Conceptual foundations: The bridge to professional nursing practice (7th ed.) (pp. 37-59). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, Inc.

DeGennaro, R. M., Beard, M., Teeple-Pauly, C., & Russell, C. (2004). Neoplastic Diseases and basic concepts of oncology nursing(1st). In T. H. Bickston & L. H. Blackbourne (Eds.), Medical-surgical nursing recall (pp. 164-203). Springhouse, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

DeGennaro, R. M., Beard, M., Teeple-Pauly, C., & Russell, C. (2004). Neoplastic diseases and basic concepts of oncology nursing(1st). In T. H. Bickston & L. H. Blackbourne (Eds.), Medical-surgical nursing recall (pp. 164-203). Springhouse, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.